Disease Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs
Unlike anti-inflammatories which tend to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, Disease Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs (DMOADs) target the progression of the disease. Studies show that using DMOADs slow osteoarthritis progression, as well as relieving pain and inflammation. They provide effective long term treatment of osteoarthritis. Due to the long development process of osteoarthritis, the lack of symptoms in the initial stages and the difficulty of diagnosis in these early stages, DMOADs are also used proactively in dogs considered at risk dogs of developing the disease.
DMOADs act in multiple ways:
- Stimulate cartilage producing cells to produce healthy cartilage
- Slow cartilage damage by destructive enzymes
- Stimulate joint capsule cells to produce lubricating joint fluid
- Reduce swelling and block inflammatory processes
- Improve blood flow and nutrition to joint structures
These drugs are injected by your veterinarian weekly for at least 4 weeks. Usually you will see a reduction of osteoarthritis signs after 2 or 3 injections. The initial course of injections typically provides 3 – 6 months of relief from the problems associated with osteoarthritis. After this time your veterinarian may recommend another course of 4 injections.
DMOADs are very safe products with few side effects.
To find out more about DMOADs or osteoarthritis book a FREE Joint Health Consult at your participating vet clinic.