There is no doubt that with the progress of modern veterinary medicine we are seeing some great advances in arthritis cats treatment. Not so long ago, if you had a feline diagnosed with one of the many forms of arthritis, your treatment options would have been rather limited to NSAIDS ( like your common ibuprofen painkillers) and some more expensive steroid treatments. Read on to discover this breakthrough formula.
While there is still no cure for arthritis, feline or otherwise, the advances in modern medicine in treating and relieving the symptoms of arthritis have gained much ground. Essentially, arthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. This creates a rubbing or grinding when the joint is used and can be overwhelmingly painful. Previously, any medications that were prescribed for this condition were pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications that could only be used for short periods of time. Many cats that had existing heart or kidney problems were at risk of exacerbating the issue and were not healthy candidates for this treatment.
One of the more recent medications that are being used is able to block the enzyme which is responsible for the breakdown of the cartilage. While it has had varying results with the use in cats, it has been difficult to gauge true efficacy due to the fact that some of the side effects include nausea and vomiting. Cats have a unique metabolic makeup and this makes administering the drug particularly difficult.
Another area to look at with arthritis cats treatment is the natural health area of herbal and organic remedies. Many of the all natural applications have had some marked success in not only being able to treat the symptoms of arthritis, but to also provide a preventative measure in the development of arthritis in older cats. Many of the natural treatments have been adopted in the treatment of arthritis in humans and have had much success. The use of chondroitin and glucosamine has been long regarded as an effective remedy for arthritis.
Traditional western medicine can be combined with some of the natural remedies that have been found to treat arthritis and have good results. While arthritis is seen in mainly older cats, there are some that present with the symptoms and ailments that are indeed younger adults. This would suggest that including a range of glucosamine and chondroitin mix to perhaps a food that had a high level of omega-3 fatty acids can have a good result in preventative measures of arthritic conditions. Interestingly, New Zealand’s green-lipped mussels are particularly high in omega-3 and can be purchased dry and ground up into your cat’s food, or by purchasing a quality cat food that has the required levels of these components would be just as effective.