Treatment Type: Medications
Rated for: American Staffordshire Terrier / Whippet Mix
By M Teiber DVM
Illinois, United States
Posted Jun. 21, 2018
Adequan injections are composed of cartilage supplements that help to ease the pain of arthritis. The injections are administered into the muscle or under the skin. This can be done at the vet, although many pet owners are taught to give it at home. When first starting Adequan it is given twice per week, but then gradually reduced to once every 4-6 weeks.
The response to Adequan is variable. In some cases, arthritis pain is greatly improved after starting Adequan, while others don't notice a vast difference. Arthritis treatment often requires a multimodal approach, meaning that one treatment alone isn't usually adequate and a combination of therapies provides the more comfort. Adequan is a useful component of a multimodal treatment plan and can be used in combination with any other medications. it is especially helpful in dogs who may not be able to tolerate traditional pain medications. With the addition of Adequan to an arthritis therapy regimen, you may be able to reduce the dose of other drugs. It also has very few side effects, so it is worthwhile to add to any arthritis treatment program.