|Metacam® SUCCESS STORY:
Dog's Name: Scooter
Breed: English Springer Spaniel
Age: 11 years
His story: Scooter was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his left hip when he was 9 years old. His owner had always paid close attention to the dog's diet, maintained a program of appropriate and regular exercise, and she had given a daily supplement of glucosamine/chondroitin since the dog was 2 years old. However, when this formerly energetic and alert dog seemed to tire more easily and was limping on his walks, the owner suspected a medical problem and sought the help of her veterinarian.
Outcome: When Scooter was diagnosed he was placed on Metacam®. Along with the medication, the veterinarian made other recommendations to support Scooter in his fight against osteoarthritis. He suggested a proper weight for the dog and stressed the importance of warm-up and cool-down periods of exercise before and after the daily walk. The owner purchased a few items of pet clothing to help keep the dog's joints warm in cold weather and replaced his worn dog bed with a new, firm orthopedic foam bed. This type of bed distributes Scooter's weight evenly and reduces the pressure on his hips. Another suggestion was gentle massage. The owner uses her fingertips to make small, circular motions around the affected joint and surrounding muscle area. Metacam, along with other helpful measures, restored a good quality of life to Scooter.
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