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Canine Osteoarthritis

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Have you observed any of these signs of canine osteoarthritis in your dog?

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, ask your veterinarian to examine your dog for osteoarthritis.

Changes in activity:

  • Difficulty rising from a resting position
  • Lying down or resting more than usual
  • stiffness after exercise
  • reluctance to exercise for as long as usual
  • trouble climbing stairs
  • limping
  • difficulty walking, running or jumping

Changes in behavior:

  • Decreased appetite or lack of interest in food
  • Aversion to touch
  • unexplained change in behavior

Ask your Veterinarian for more information about our total joint health solution:

  • Glyco-Flex I, II and III
  • Previcox (a new coxib-NSAID which provide pain relief for your dog with OA)


Canine osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects the soft tissues and the bones of a joint, causing pain and decreased flexibility. While canine OA can affect any joint in a dog’s body, the most commonly affected areas are the:

  • Stifle (=knee)
  • Elbow
  • Hip

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How common is Canine Osteoarthritis- Are certain breeds more likely to be affected?

Canine OA is estimated to affect 1 in 5 adult dogs (aged one year or more). While mixed-breeds    and dog of any size, age or weight can show signs of OA, older dogs and larger breeds- such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Great Danes and St Bernards- have higher incidence of the disease, however, OA can also occur in small and toy breeds.

How is Canine Osteoarthritis diagnosed?

In addition to observing behavioral clues of your dog, your veterinarian has several diagnostic tools available for determining whether your dog has arthritis, including:

  • Orthopedic examination to ascertain the presence of joint pain, swelling and/or tenderness
  • Radiographs (X-rays) to access bone changes

How is Canine Osteoarthritis treated?

Although research is ongoing, OA cannot be cured at present. The good news is effective treatments are available. These focus on reducing pain and inflammation, slowing the progression of the disease, facilitating the repair of damaged tissues and maintaining or improving joint function. Veterinarian may recommend a combination of the following:

  • Weight control
  • Dietary change
  • Controlled exercise and physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs (eg Previcox)
  • Disease modifying agents (Eg, chondroprotective drugs: Glyco-Flex I, II and III)

What is Glyco-Flex®?

Glyco-Flex® contains unique combination of GlycOmega™ (Perna Green Lipped Mussel from an exclusive New Zealand source) plus DMG, Glucosamine, MSM and other active ingredients that have been proven beneficial for dogs requiring joint support. Green lipped mussel is rich in amino acid (building blocks that make up the core of connective tissue), polypeptides, chelated minerals, fatty acids (essential for producing and rebuilding new cells) and vitamins. Glyco-Flex provides excellent support for joint and its connective tissue according to the severity of canine osteoarthritis:

Glyco-Flex® I (Basic, Stage I) is designed for:

  • Joint health maintenance program for puppies and dogs throughout their lives
  • Supports structure and function of joints and connective tissue
  • Recommended by veterinarians for puppies and dogs with early need for joint support
  • Helps maintain mobility and flexibility

Glyco-Flex® II (Intermediate, Stage II):

  • For dogs with moderate need for joint support
  • Comprehensive support for joint and connective tissue health
  • For adult and maturing dogs
  • For sporting and working breeds
  • Helps support normal joint function as part of follow-up to orthopedic surgery

Glyco-Flex® III (Advanced, Stage III): (Coming soon)

  • For dogs in need of maximum support for structure and function of joints
  • Advanced support for joint and connective tissue health
  • For geriatric, retired, working ans sporting breeds
  • Contains anti-oxidants which protect against free radical damage

Glyco-Flex® is available in all major veterinary clinics. Get your dogs joint support from them now!