Adequan, also known as Adequan Canine, is a steroid used for treating a disease called Canine osteoarthritis which is generally seen in pet dogs. The disease results in joint failure, loss of mobility and gives a feeling of inflammation with pain. It is generally caused by loose joints or slack ligaments.
You must check out the symptoms of Canine osteoarthritis, so that you should be able to recognize the disease and give the necessary treatment to your dog immediately. Canine osteoarthritis begins with pain and inflammation. The pain may make your pet limp, or lazy. Your pet may feel difficulty in walking, getting up, jumping – into the car or climbing the stairs. Any of these symptoms in your pet indicate that your dog is ailing from Canine osteoarthritis, which is pretty similar to the condition that ails millions of American humans, Arthritis.
Manufactured by Luitpold, Adequan Canine is an injectable steroid that is chemically known as “polysulfated glycosaminoglycan,” quite similar to the familiar oral supplement known as glucosamine. Adequan Canine comes as 100 mg/mL that is meant for veterinary use only. It is often administered to dogs ailing from inflamed joints.
Adequan Canine comforts pain and reduces inflammation by lubing the joints and reducing friction. It not only helps to reduce pain, but also helps to rebuild cartilage in the damaged joint. Adequan is very effective in repairing damaged cartilages. It helps in keeping the joints intact, bonded and lubricated and helps to relief the dog from continuous inflammation and pain. So, Adequan Canine is not just pain control, it’s a therapy.
Adequan Canine injections are given twice a week for 4 weeks to treat arthritis. These injections are given intramuscularly to dogs, cats and horses. A human product has recently joined the market.
However, Adequan Canine injections are reported to be causing side effects. An experimental study conducted on 24 dogs that were given Adequan injections showed that one of the dogs developed pain on the site where he was given the injection, one developed abnormal bleeding and some others showed looseness of the bowels. Some of the possible side effects associated with Adequan Canine are vomiting, bloody diarrhea, kidney and liver damage, and even death. The people using Adequan complained of burning after taking the injection.