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Some of the most common signs of arthritis are:
Stiffness, chewing or licking particular joints, difficulties walking up or down the stairs, walking in general, eating slowly, behavioural changes
While arthritis is more common with age, unfortunately any dog of any age may become afflicted. It is estimated that 20% of dogs over 1 year of age are affected by the disease, so it is more common than many people expect. An assessment calculator can help with assessing the signs of arthritis in your dog.
Cartrophen Vet is an injection given by your veterinarian in a similar way to a vaccine with four weekly doses. This is a convenient way to ensure that your pet receives the appropriate dosage without daily regimen. It is essential that your dog complete all 4 injections to ensure optimal benefit and modification of the disease process.
The frequency of treatment varies from once a year for mild cases and up to three times a year for severe cases.
Your veterinarian may vary this regimen to obtain the optimum reduction of arthritic symptoms.
The timing for results varies from dog to dog and the severity of arthritis. In some cases they will receive relief in a few days following the first injection to those that see improvement at the end of the fourth injection. If you are not seeing any results, consult your vet.
Cartrophen Vet has a history of safe use in dogs of over 30 years. There are some very rare cases of side effects but these tend to be mild and short lived. More details on safety are set out in – Safety&Efficacy
In very rare cases, 5-15 minutes after the first injection a dog might vomit or be a little quieter than usual for up to 24 or maybe 48 hours. These transitory effects are rare and are only seen in some dogs. Overall the safety of Cartrophen Vet is well respected and understood after 30 years of use in dogs.
Should your pet experience these or any other changes, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Cartrophen Vet is not manufactured from animal products. It is of plant origin being derived from beechwood.
Cartrophen Vet is not approved for use in cats but vets around the world use if off-label (cascade system) in cats for the treatment of arthritis following owner consent.
Cartrophen Vet is a prescribed veterinary medicine which is provided by your vet. Discuss Cartrophen Vet directly with your veterinarian.