Treat­ment Meth­ods

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“The hall­mark for treat­ing arthri­tis is to use non­s­teroidal anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs (NSAIDs), but we also have in­jectable drugs that help with heal­ing the joint car­ti­lage,” Mulry says. “In ad­di­tion, there’s a whole list of med­i­ca­tions that we can use in com­bi­na­tion with one an­other to get pa­tients un­der con­trol and keep them com­fort­able.”

For sur­gi­cal pa­tients, Horn­stein uses an as­sort­ment of pain med­i­ca­tions be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter surgery. In ad­di­tion, he sends clients home with med­i­ca­tions for three to five days – some­times longer, depend­ing on the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure.

“The ad­van­tage of us­ing mul­ti­modal pain med­i­ca­tion in the treat­ment of acute pain is that you pre­vent pain from start­ing, and of­ten you are able to use lower doses of all the med­i­ca­tions be­fore and af­ter surgery,” Horn­stein says.

It’s im­por­tant for pet own­ers to dis­cuss po­ten­tial side ef­fects of the med­i­ca­tions pre­scribed for their

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