Medical treatment of osteoarthritis in the horse

Part 2: systemic treatment

Johanna Penttinen and Olli Mäkelä


The treatment of osteoarthritis is an important part of equine practice. In selected cases, systemic therapy may be preferred over the use of intra-articular medications. In the second part of the article, we review the use of non-steroidal anti-infl ammatory drugs, hyaluronic acid, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, pentosan polysulphate, tiludronate, and glucosamine.