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Dear Dr. Wilson, My 10 yr old Maltese suffers from back leg joint displacement. Comes in and out occasionlly. I am reaching out to you regarding traditional medicine vs. homeopathic medicine. My vet recommend Cosequin. I know you recommend something different and would you please let me know the benefits of the treatment that you recommend. What are your ingredients? What are the side effects if any? My Maltese has an autoammune. He does not take any medications. We use topical cream when needed for his dry spots. What is the cost? Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Harrise

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March 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM



Dear Harrise,

Cosequin is a nutritional supplement. Homeopathic medicine is a diluted substance that is used to stimulate the body to make corrections and heal. There are generally no side effects using homeopathics. It usually works if the symptoms are matched correctly or may not if there are other strong substances blocking it. I would use both products if your budget permits it.

Arthro-IonX™ information found on the VET-IONX website follows:

Arthritis and Hip Formula

Indications for Use: For fast, safe relief of joint and muscular pain, inflammation, stiffness and swelling associated with injuries or arthritis.

Complementary Medicines: Stress Control™


Actaea Spicata: (Boericke) This remedy should be considered in small joint rheumatism in older animals. A useful remedy for joint swellings.

Aesculus Hippocastanum: (Boericke) For aching and soreness in limbs, lameness in neck, aching between shoulders, and weak spine.

Arnica Montana: (Boericke’s) For relief of sprained joints, soreness, lameness, bruised feeling, and rheumatism. A good muscular tonic.

Bellis Perennis: (Boericke’s) An excellent remedy for relief of muscular soreness, sore joints, swelling and lameness. For rheumatic symptoms.

Bryonia Alba: (Boericke’s) Relieves aching in every muscle and is a valuable remedy for rheumatic pains and swellings. Provides relief from physical weakness and apathy.

Calcarea Carbonica: (Boericke’s) Powerful remedy for rheumatoid pains. For relief of weakness in extremities and swelling of joints.

Calcarea Fluorica: (Boericke’s) Provides its main action in bones and connective tissue lesions especially bony growth.

Causticum: (Boericke’s) Its chief action is for relief of chronic rheumatic, arthritic and paralytic affections with deformities about the joints and stiffness.

Cimicifuga Racemosa: (Boericke’s) A great remedy for rheumatic-like stiffness and nervousness.

Formicum Acidum: (Boericke’s) Muscle and joint pain.

Hypericum Perforatum: (Boericke’s) Relieves excessive painfulness. Relieves bruised joints and pain in neck and shoulders.

Ledum Paulstre: (Boericke’s) Pain.

Lithium Carbonicum: (Boericke’s) For relief of chronic rheumatism with soreness in the whole body; paralytic stiffness all over, swelling and tenderness of joints.

Magnesia Phosphorica: (Boericke’s) Anti-spasmodic, colic..

Phosphorus: (Boericke’s) For relief of joints that suddenly give way. For a weak back, and general weakness and trembling from exertion.

Phytolacca Decandra: (Boericke’s) A specific remedy for relief of achiness, soreness, restlessness and prostration. Relieves inflammation and swelling.

Pulsatilla: (Boericke’s) For relief of restlessness, sleeplessness, tensive pain in limbs and swollen feet.

Rhododendron Chrysanthum: (Boericke’s) Provides relief of rheumatic and gouty symptoms.

Rhus Toxicodendron: (Boericke’s) For relief of rheumatic pains. A guide to the use of this remedy is that the animal shows improvement on moving.

Ruta Graveolens: (Boericke’s) Relieves the formations of deposits in the tendons and joints, lameness, sprains, pain stiffness.

Salicylicum Acidum: (Boericke’s) Centers its action on the relief of rheumatism. Relieves swollen, painful knees.

Sepia: (Boericke’s) For relief of legs that are lame and stiff and that twitch and jerk.

Sulphur: (Boericke’s) Trembling, rheumatic pain, stiffness.

Zincum Metallicum: (Boericke’s) For the relief of lameness, weakness, trembling and twitching of various muscles.

It is estimated that one out of five adult dogs in the US suffers from arthritis to some degree but affects most all animals both large and small.

Arthritis is a term used to cover all joint inflammations and degenerative changes. Rheumatoid arthritis (an immune disease), osteoarthritis (bone and joint degeneration), spondylitis (narrowing and inflammation of the spinal canal), joint instability and bony proliferation are all potentially crippling conditions and mean your pet is in pain.

Arthritis can develop in both young and old animals and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain seen by veterinarians and is a major cause of lameness in horses.

This slowly progressive disease starts with almost undetectable discomfort and may progress to the point that the animal refuses to stand, walk outside for constitutionals, or even eat. You may only see slight trouble in the animal getting up and down, climbing or jumping, soreness hours after exercise, nervous, aggressive or depressed, reduced appetite or even a new grumpiness

Arthritis can be caused by, or the result of, environmental factors, long term stress, old injuries, nutritional deficiencies, immune system imbalances and genetic predispositions such as hip dysplasia. Arthritis, due to infection, is brought on chiefly by injury. There may be an initial temperature rise and feverish signs develop. The affected joint becomes swollen, tense and hot. Pain is obvious by the onset of severe lameness.

NPP Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Reliever™ gives relief of pain from stiffness and swelling associated with arthritis, tendencies toward red, swollen, itchy skin and lameness.

Quality of life will increase for both pet and owner.

For pricing I would suggest you call customer service. They can advise you on what will give you the best value. Hope this information helps you in deciding what to do.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
March 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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