Arthritis management and long term control of the associated symptoms has been a special interest of mine for about 10 years. Having worked in a diverse range of veterinary fields including horse and greyhound racing for over 20 years, I have seen many medications and concepts arise, be trialed in clinical applications and either fade away and forgotten about or become a success story and make a real impact in the veterinary markets.
I have been asked to give my opinion on the effectiveness of this product named TECHNYFLEX (have used this New Zealand Green-lipped Mussel extract for approximately 10 years), and could I cite an example of a case study of an animal that has responded really well on it. I have taken a long time to think about this – I have so many outstanding results with this product that I cannot pick one case over another. I actually take the product myself as I have some osteoarthritis in the anterior aspect of my own knees and it definitely works.
From the veterinary point of view, apart from the fact that TECHNYFLEX provides a brilliant base for long term management of arthritis in animals, I find that it supersedes other products in the cost factor and the application. It is cheaper by the day than other products and it is in a capsule which can be given whole or broken into food. As the flavour of the powder is similar to that of sea scallops most dogs and cats will eat it readily.
All cases should be assessed on their own merit. If surgical intervention is required, I find that preoperative use of Technyflex is an excellent approach because the animal is bilateral – if the right knee needs surgery, the left knee will often end up the same way. The idea of preservation of the good side before surgery on the bad one may be the difference between having and not having to have surgery on the other leg. The Technyflex is then maintained post operatively as part of the long term arthritis management plan.
Some animals are unlucky enough to be born with physical problems with their joints eg. Hip dysplasia, OCD. I have found Technyflex to be very effective in combination with NSAIDs. If detected early enough ie. before any arthritis develops, some cases may live their normal life span in spite of the problem and may even be able to avoid surgery.
Some cases will be beyond the scope of Technyflex in that the arthritis is so advanced that a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may have to used as a long term therapy but I would highly recommend that the Technyflex be maintained as a complimentary therapy as it provides the chondroconstructive/protective role that an NSAID will not.
In summary, I am a strong advocate of the use of Technyflex as a tool in management of arthritis, be it in young animals or old animals.
Des Viero BVSc
Burdekin Veterinary Services
102 Edwards Street, Ayr, QLD 4807
(07) 4783 2911