Posted : 3/20/2009 7:36:50 AM
Adequan is a good quality product (it's essentially a pharmaceutical version of glucosamine/chondroitin) but it is limited in what it can do. It is simply a "hydrator". Meaning - it takes cartilage that remains and "plumps" it or hydrates it so it cushions better between joints. But, like any other hydrator the effect is temporary.
If you have any patience (I don't mean that to be snide at all) you might want to try Knox NutraJoint for a while. The down side is that it takes about 3 months to *work*. It's not a painkiller, not a hydrator ... it simply puts the "stuff" the body needs at its disposal so it can **RE-build** joint cartilage. But the progress it does make is permanent. I've used it on myself (and frankly I never found glucosamine/chondroitin to do much more than marginal stuff ON ME). At one point several years ago I went from having to use two canes at a time to NONE and I've avoided hip replacements with it. (I've had arthritis since I was a teenager.)
I don't use the one with g/c in it at all -- just the plain old unsweetened stuff (both for me and the dogs). Most med to large dogs just half a scoop is plenty a day, for little dogs 1/4 scoop. But it **does** take months to do what it does.
Nsaids sometimes have to be used to reduce inflammation back to a manageable level. But they *all* cause some amount of stomach bleeding. Again they are temporary and generally have to be used for a "period" to reduce inflammation to a point where it isn't daily doing damage.
Now if it were ME, if I felt a dog needed nsaids to perform in agility it's agility days would be over, simply because stomach ulcers are so hard to heal. Dogs are already SO stoic and it can be so difficult to know when they have pain.
You might consider acupuncture (and man, that works AWESOME in horses) -- no bad side effects or damage at all. But you DO need a good acupuncturist/TCVM vet -- http://www.tcvm.com -- there is a locator on the left.
I have a whole article on pain management that I've done if you want it, *email* me (not a pm -- it's an attachment I'd have to send you).