If your dog is suffering from arthritis, it is important to know that NSAIDs are not the only answer, and there are other treatment options. In fact, there are so many it can make your head spin. I talk about the different options in my Talk to Me About Arthritis article.
Avocado/Soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) came to my attention just recently. Our vet and I are always on the lookout for new, potentially better, arthritis supplements for dogs.
Jasmine was diagnosed with arthritis in her knees, shoulders, neck and jaws. She was treated with stem cell regenerative therapy with amazing results and she is now pain and drug free.
However, arthritis treatments often work best in combination, and supplements provide nutrients that can help protect and regenerate joint tissues. For example, glucosamine and chondroitin are believed to protect cartilage, stimulate cartilage regeneration, and promote the production of viscous joint fluid. Cartilage and joint fluid serve as padding between the bones and reduces the amount of friction in the joint. That is what makes these supplements invaluable when dealing with arthritis.
A supplement that is recently getting attention is avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU). It is not meant to replace, but to compliment glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation.
What are avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU)?
Unsaponifiables are simply fats or oils that can’t be turned into soap when combined with an alkali, like lye.
Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) are certain types of oils that can be extracted from avocados and soybeans. Studies show that ASU have anti-inflammatory properties and help prevent cartilage breakdown. ASU are a supplement of note when dealing with arthritis in your dog.
Note: Veterinary ASU supplements have been shown to be safe for dogs.