Recent estimates indicate up to 60% of lameness problems
in horses are associated with arthritis,1 making it the most common cause of equine lameness. As horses live longer,2 veterinarians and owners are looking for ways to help maintain soundness by addressing mobility issues early. Proactively seeking a veterinarian’s diagnosis and treatment when injury or disease occurs is key to maximizing and maintaining healthy joints over your horse’s career and life span.
If your horse is diagnosed with arthritis, your veterinarian
may recommend an approach that includes Adequan® i.m.
(polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the only medication
available that’s proven to proactively treat the disease
and not just the symptoms of arthritis.3
Commonly diagnosed as degenerative joint disease (DJD), equine
arthritis is a painful disease characterized by progressive deterioration
of joint cartilage and changes in bone and soft tissues of the joint.4
Cartilage is a highly specialized connective tissue in a horse’s joints that helps bones glide over each other. Because cartilage is subjected to the daily wear and tear of every movement, it is prone to progressive deterioration over time. Plus, it contains no blood vessels, lymphatics or nerves, giving it a limited capacity to heal and repair. Once cartilage wears away completely, it cannot be restored. That’s why maintaining healthy cartilage is paramount to keeping joints healthy.
Once cartilage is eroded, bone-on-bone contact can occur,
causing pain and abnormal wear and tear on joints.
Whether a horse is a 2-year-old in training, a mature weekend warrior or a geriatric companion, proactive collaboration between veterinarians, owners and trainers to identify and manage arthritis is pivotal to healthy longevity—and mobility.
When you start with and stay with Adequan i.m., your horse may enjoy greater mobility over a lifetime.1,4,6
Adequan® i.m. is recommended for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG). Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses. WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. For full prescribing information, click here.
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