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Equine Joint Supplements
Arthritis is the progressive destruction of joint cartilage and can cause pain, lameness, and reduced mobility in horses. Joint Supplements provide basic support for joints and are commonly used. They are adjunct treatments used to reduce the discomfort associated with arthritis and may help to slow down the progression of this degenerative joint disease. Joint Supplements are considered nutraceuticals or nutrients that provide a medical benefit. These products are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of powders and liquids.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
Joint Supplements usually contain one, two, three, or more of the ingredients shown below:
- Glucosamine and chondroitin are derived from shellfish, shark or cattle cartilage which may promote cartilage synthesis and have mild anti-inflammatory properties
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) provides a natural source of sulfur which is an essential mineral that has claimed benefits for supporting and maintaining healthy joints
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA) provides support for cartilage and increases the lubrication properties of joint fluid
- Antioxidants are substances that can protect cells and reduce damage which may play role in assisting with arthritis management. Examples of antioxidants used in Joint Supplements include; bioflavonoids, grape seed extract, lipoic acid, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc
- Perna canaliculus, also known as the New Zealand green-lipped mussel, is a natural source of omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin which may play a role in reducing joint inflammation
- Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) an ingredient obtained from avocados and soybeans which provides cartilage protection and improves joint function
- Cetyl Myristoleate is a type of fatty acid that may have mild anti-inflammatory properties
- Manganese is a mineral that may play a role in joint fluid production and may have antioxidant properties
- Omega 3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and linolenic acid have the ability to reduce inflammation and the joint destruction associated with arthritis
- Probiotics are a nutritional supplement containing live and naturally occurring microorganisms that when given in certain doses can improve digestion, provide essential nutrients, strengthen the immune system, and can minimize the growth of bacteria which can cause disease
- Boswellia serrata is a herb that may have mild anti-inflammatory properties
- Yucca schidigera is a flowering plant that may have mild anti-inflammatory properties
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To improve joint function, assist with mobility, and relieve pain associated with arthritis
- Recommended for the support of healthy joints
- Commonly used in combination with other medications for the management of arthritis
Joint Supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully.
Many of these products do not have immediate results; they require long term usage. It is recommended that this supplement be given for as long as your veterinarian directs.
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your horse’s general health before starting this supplement. Periodic blood work to monitor its effects on the body may also be advised if long term therapy is necessary. Dose adjustments may be made based upon an assessment of how your horse is responding clinically.
Ideally, give this supplement at the same time daily in your horse’s feed. Administration during or after feeding can reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal upset.
Arthritic horses can benefit from weight control, proper exercise, and physical therapy.
Nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your horse.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Joint Supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
This product should not be used in horses intended for human consumption.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children, pets and ruminants.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This product can affect the gastrointestinal system causing flatulence and abnormal feces
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your horse experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER PRODUCTS/DRUGS?
- Joint Supplements should not be given with anticoagulant drugs (heparin and warfarin)
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Joint Supplements
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your horse experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT HORSES SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Horses with a history of clotting disorders and caution is advised in horses currently taking anticoagulant medications
- Horses with a history of urinary tract stones, diabetes, or other medical conditions causing an increase in blood glucose levels
- Safety in breeding, pregnant, or nursing mares has not been established
- Caution is advised in horses with asthma-like conditions (human patients report increased asthma symptoms)
- Horses with a known hypersensitivity to this product or shellfish
- Joint Supplements are not a replacement for appropriate treatment when a joint infection is present or when surgery or joint immobilization is indicated
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The signs of osteoarthritis you have observed
- The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of osteoarthritis
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- When your horse may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this product
- If your horse has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your horse has experienced clotting disorders or diabetes
- If your horse has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your horse or plan to give your horse, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your horse’s medications can be given together.
- If your mare is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your horse in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your horse’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This product should not be used in horses intended for human consumption.
Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the horse for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Joint Supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product, please contact your veterinarian.