There are two common types of joint injections on the market today; one containing polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PGAG) which is a mixture of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGS), a major source of which is Chondroitin sulfate.There are two common types of joint injections on the market today; one containing polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PGAG) which is a mixture of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGS), a major source of which is Chondroitin sulfate.
Common Joint Injections
There are two common types of joint injections on the market today; one containing polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PGAG) which is a mixture of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGS), a major source of which is Chondroitin sulfate.
Recommended dosage is 5 ml (500 mg) I.M. every 4 days for 28 days. The other common type of joint injection contains pure hyaluronic acid as a glycosaminoglycan (GAG). Its recommended dosage is 4 ml (40 mg) IV or 2 ml (20 mg) in the corpus or fetlock weekly or as required.
Why Give Your Horse Injections?
By going the injection route you are able to directly administer the needed GAG's either to the animals injured joint or directly to the blood stream. Although this requires a professional's supervision to administer because of the evasiveness of the needle, it is the most concentrated means of administration. The common practice of administration depends on the severity and the animal, but it is quite common for these products to be used monthly.
The purpose of both of these products is to improve the synovial fluid health or integrity by the addition of GAG's. These GAG's are what make up the synovial fluid or the natural lubrication with in the joint capsule. These need to be supplemented to animals that are under extreme flexion as well as animals that are not producing adequate levels on their own.
Once you deliver this injection, the animal has increased the synovial fluid quality to its highest level. As time progresses and exercise/competition continues this level is depleted until the next administration. At the next injection the level is again increased to its highest quality level.
Daily Joint Supplements in Addition to Injections
As a horse owner, you may be concerned with your animals' health and well-being every day. With the development of oral joint supplements, you have the opportunity to protect them on a daily basis.
There are daily supplements available that contain complete mixtures of GAG's that include Glucosamines, Chondroitin sulfates and Hyaluronic acid. These combinations are at much higher concentrations to allow for any losses in absorption and may extend the time between your horses injection, if not completely replace the need.
In addition to daily supplements being included with each feeding, you may opt to administer oral paste forms of GAG's. These pastes can be used as a buildup, just prior to and/or just following an extreme workout as a last line of defense against any cartilage breakdown or damage.
A horse's health and comfort are always important and if you can use products that work hand-in-hand to maximize these characteristics, your horses will be sure to give you their best every time you ask something of them.
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