Carprofen is the active ingredient in Rimadyl, one of a class of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is an effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for dogs with osteoarthritis and for relieving pain after surgery. This product is available only with a veterinary prescription.
Deracoxib is the active ingredient in a drug called Deramaxx, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for treatment of osteoarthritis and post-operative pain and available by veterinary prescription.
Cosequin contains glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate. These substances help rebuild joint cartilage in dogs suffering from arthritis. Adding these ingredients to a dog's food allows damaged joints to be rebuilt and helps reverse the process of arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis in dogs can be controlled with a combination of weight, exercise and medical management.
Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. It commonly occurs in dogs as a result of wear and tear on a joint from years of running, jumping and walking. This causes the cartilage, which cushions the impact on the joint, to wear away so that the bones are able to rub on each other. This can be very painful.