Does your dog suffer with joint pain?
Our first instinct when we experience pain is to make the pain stop, right now. As dog-lovers, this is our first instinct when our dog is in pain, too.
But unfortunately, drugs which immediately stop pain in dogs, especially if your dog is experiencing joint-pain or osteoarthritis. In fact, sometimes the risks associated with these pain-killing drugs are worse for your dog than the original condition.
DOES THIS DESCRIBE YOUR DOG?
- Difficulty getting up from a nap
- Stiffness lower back, hips or back legs
- Sits down more often, to take weight off back legs
- Stands and sits with front legs very wide-apart
- Won’t chase ball
- Not interested in playing
- Pauses at stairs, avoids climbing steps
- Not able to jump after a frisbee
- Gets tired mid-way through a favorite run or walk
- Lowers head
- Whines or whimpers (or snaps) when hip or leg is touched
If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these symptoms, your dog may be in need of help to repair and improve joint health.
When someone is hurting, whether it’s ourselves or a loved one, including a beloved family pet, our initial impulse is to dull the pain. For a dog with joint pain, steroids, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or aspirin all may be prescribed by your vet.
But these are powerful drugs with potential side-effects. They may offer benefits in the short-term, if your pet is in severe pain. But as a long-term solution, the risks of taking these drugs often outweigh the benefits.
Winston’s is a food-grade joint supplement developed to do more for your pet than simply treat painful symptoms. It actually helps rebuild joint strength and health, and keeps tails wagging without putting your dog on a lifetime regimen of potentially dangerous drugs.
ARE YOU OVERLOOKING THE SOURCE OF YOUR DOG’S PAIN?
If you’re just treating symptoms, then the answer is yes. This means that your pet will never experience complete healing, and that the pain-symptoms will persist.
Conventional Western medicine for both humans and dogs tends to address symptoms rather than root-causes. Some of this has to do with our modern insistence on instant gratification. We want the quick-fix, and we want it now!
No one wants to see a pet suffer. But there is more to effectively treating canine hip dysplasia, joint degeneration, osteoarthritis and related conditions than just making the painful symptoms go away.
WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO SEE YOUR DOG PAIN-FREE AND BACK IN TOP FORM—NATURALLY?
Winston’s Joint System repairs and rebuilds healthy joints, at the same time it relieves pain. The formula reduces swelling and inflammation, which immediately makes your dog feel better.
What’s even more important is that Winston’s Joint System gets to the root-cause of the pain. The formula helps rebuild cartilage and sinew, for greater strength and flexibility. And the system also replaces synovial fluid, which is essential to full movement and mobility in a damaged joint. Helping the joint-structures to repair themselves naturally, without toxic drugs, is the key to reducing inflammation and pain in the short term, and keeping your dog mobile and active in the long term.
DO YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR VET IS PRESCRIBING?
Rimadyl is the most commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) drug intended for the relief of pain and inflammation in dogs. The generic name for this compound is carprofen. Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Medican and aspirin are often prescribed for dogs with osteoarthritis, or other forms of degenerative joint disease and the resulting pain. These drugs often prescribed for older dogs, as well as for big breeds which may be more prone to hip dysplasia and other joint-related pain.
Rimadyl in particular was identified as a “miracle drug” and a godsend when it was introduced by the drug-maker Pfizer in 1997. But as with so many allopathic or palliative drugs, the “miracle” of the miracle drug now is known to have a dark side. One of the primary reasons is that painkillers like Rimadyl, or even aspirin, mask pain without addressing the deeper sources of what causes the pain. So the originating cause is never addressed, and the pain persists, diminishing the quality of life for your pet.
HOW RIMADYL WORKS, AND WHY IT MAY BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR DOG
Rimadyl acts by inhibiting prostaglandins that cause inflammation in injured or aging joints. Prostaglandins are also necessary for normal body functions, however. When their production is stopped, normal body functions (digestion, liver and kidney function, for example), also cease. This obviously poses a tremendous risk to the overall system.
Rimadyl may erode the stomach lining and cause ulcers, resulting in internal bleeding. The action of the drug may reduce circulation to the liver, which may cause toxins to build up in the body. The resulting hemorraghing and/or toxicity may be fatal to your dog. It’s important to know that the drug residue remains in your dog’s body even after your stop giving your dog the drug. Just how long this residue lasts has not been conclusively proven.
- Numerous deaths have been attributed to the use of Rimadyl. Some veterinarians prescribe this powerful drug over the phone, without ever examining your dog. Why? This drug has been aggressively and successfully marketed, with multi-million dollar ad campaigns backed by the huge Pfizer corporation (which also manufactures Viagra, along with many other highly profitable drugs for humans).
- Before agreeing to give your dog any pain-killing drugs, have the veterinarian test your dog’s kidney and liver function, and discuss other blood panels which may be recommended. After a preliminary period determined by you and your vet, have these tests run again. Any changes in these results, indicating organ-function distress or damage, are indicators to stop the drug program.
- Veterinarians sometimes mistake Rimadyl toxicity reactions for simply “old age” in your dog. If you do choose to begin a regimen of Rimadyl or other pain-killing drugs for your dog, keep a daily journal – like a diary—of your dog’s eating and drinking habits, bowel and bladder habits, breathing, energy, activity and overall behavior. BE SURE TO NOTE ANY CHANGES IN YOUR DOG, and bring your dog back to the veterinarian if you have any concerns. Closely observing and immediately noting changes immediately will help you and your vet identify symptoms of toxicity—not to be confused with healthy aging.
SYMPTOMS OF DRUG TOXICITY
- Bloody diarrhea or stool
- Lack of appetite
- Extreme changes in water-dish habits (refusal to drink, or gulping water)
- Excessive urination, or “marking” new spots
- Listlessness or lethargy
- Hyperactivity or restlessness
- Sudden or excessive shedding
- “Hot spots” forming on skin
- Facial swelling
- Jaundice (yellowing) of eyes
- White gums (may indicate internal bleeding)
Please be aware that all of these symptoms have been reported in dogs on a prescribed program of Rimadyl, Metacam and Deramaxx, and may occur with other pain-killing drugs. In particular, ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding and hemorrhaging are common side-effects. If your dog exhibits any of these conditions, take your pet immediately to a veterinarian.
BE SURE THAT YOU READ THE FINE PRINT!
- Likewise, veterinarians have a lot of confidence in major brand and product, but may not share the full story with you. Rimadyl is packaged with a “PIL” or “Patient Information Leaflet”. The product also is accompanied by a “Client Information Sheet”, but when vets repackage the drugs into smaller vials, they may not pass along this vital consumer information to you. Be sure to obtain both of these documents, and read them carefully, before giving your dog any drug.
- Never accept a phone-diagnosis or prescription for these powerful drugs. In fact, it might be wise to take your “Patient Information Leaflet” and “Client Information Sheet” documents home and read them in a relaxed, private setting before making the decision to give any drugs to your dog.
- Be sure to discuss and fully understand dosage requirements. When treating pain with powerful drugs, lower dosage may lower risk of toxicity. Also, be informed that many veterinary authorities consider mixing NSAIDS with aspirin a high-risk practice.
IF YOU’D RATHER NOT TAKE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PAIN-KILLING DRUGS FOR YOUR DOG, READ MORE ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE: Winston’s Joint System