Cartrophen Vet was successfully introduced in Canada in 1994 for the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Cartrophen Vet is of plant origin and works to retard the progression of arthritis. It has been approved by Health Canada for use in dogs. Cartrophen Vet is not an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
Dogs commonly suffer from various lamenesses. Very active dogs such aworking dogs (military, sporting) frequently suffer sprains and injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Dogs also suffer from hip dysplasia and other joint related lameness and osteoarthritis. Some animals are lame from a young age and require frequent and regular administration of drugs such as Cartrophen Vet or alternatively NSAIDs.
Cartrophen Vet is administered subcutaneously by your veterinarian once a week for four weeks. This may be followed by booster injections at intervals determined by your veterinarian based on the dog’s age, severity of arthritis and the dog’s response to Cartrophen Vet. Most pets respond quickly with increased activity and well-being. Side effects are rare. A dog may be quieter for a day or two after an injection. About 80% of dogs show visible improvement and in some dogs no additional treatment is required for months and in some cases, years. Even though some dogs show no visible improvement, it is possible Cartrophen Vet may assist in keeping the condition from getting worse.
We firmly believe that Cartrophen Vet is the first drug of choice in the treatment of osteoarthritis. This leaves the door open for NSAIDs to be used when they are really necessary to quell bouts of acute pain. With its unparalleled safety profile, Cartrophen Vet is a vital component in keeping old dogs active. It challenges the old adage “If you can’t run with the big dogs, you have to stay on the porch”.