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Q: How can I help my dog's arthritis pain?

March 3, 2009 | By Robin J. | 39 answers | Expired: 2103 days ago

Robin J.

Critter has one paw that she rarely sets down. It appears that this is arthritis because the more she moves around the better she seems to feel. The vet agrees that this is the problem but I have not asked for medication. Does anyone have any advice about how to make her feel better?

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D&R
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D&R

Mar 03, 2009

Baby aspirin does work great and glucosamine also helps. I used to get it from 1800petmeds.com and it really helped my Sally. I can tell when she goes without it for a couple of weeks she gets to limping again.

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LauraSpell
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Mar 03, 2009

my dog is about to be 13, and i'm not sure if she has arthritis, but i know she gets achy, especially in her hips. shelby was starting to get "stopped up" because it hurt her to use the bathroom. so, the vet has us put her on glucossamine pills and they helped tremendously. she even feels good enough to kind of run around.

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scott z.
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Mar 03, 2009

Atop grade dog food and meds and lots of tlc

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alice m.
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Mar 03, 2009

my dog did not respond to glucosamine very well. My vet gaave me a medication called Vetprofin. It is a generic version of rymadil. It is about a third as much as rymadil and works just as well. My vet also said this is better than asprin because it doesn't upset the dogs stomach like asprin.

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Joe L.
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Mar 03, 2009

My vet recommends baby aspirin. You might want to check to see how much based on his weight. It helped my older dog allot.

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Mary M.
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Mar 03, 2009

There is a prescription drug you can get through your vet. It is called Rimadyl. I gave this to my border collie when she was 15 years old and she lived to be 17 years old. The results were amazing.

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Annie G.
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Mar 03, 2009

Ask the vet they can prescribe stuff that helps far more than Glucosamine, but you can buy food and treats with GLucosamine in it and that doesn't hurt as an extra precaution!

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synola w.
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Mar 03, 2009

is she stiffer in the morinings or when getting up, if its all the time i would think something more than arthritis. but if arthritis the advice so far has been great. my dog with arthritis was stiff in the mornings but would get better after moving around.

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AXNellie
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Mar 03, 2009

I've heard that you can give a dog baby aspirin -- check with your vet.

Good luck, it's so hard seeing our best friends in pain...

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3bostons
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Mar 03, 2009

I use baby aspirin with my oldest dog. He tolerates it well, and I can tell a difference in him since I started putting one tablet in his breakfast.

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Corinna S.
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Mar 03, 2009

Science diet makes a senior dog food that's enriched with vitamins and nutrients that are supposed to help with joints and bones. It wouldn't be an immediate fix but it might help in the future.

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