Dog Arthritis Treatments

New arthritis treatments help aching dogs get back on their feet.

By | Posted: Tue Jan 30 00:00:00 PST 2001

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Owners may alleviate an arthritic dog's pain in some low-tech ways, too. Of utmost importance is weight reduction, which prevents and treats degenerative joint disease. Additionally, owners can:

  • Engage their dogs in regular moderate exercise. Swimming is especially favorable, because it maintains muscle mass without stressing arthritic joints.

  • Make a dog's sleeping arrangements warm and cozy. Apply heat in the form of a warm water bottle or towel over affected joint areas. Warm clothes also are recommended when it's cold outside.

  • Massage the sore area with gentle, circular motions.

  • Raise water and food bowls off the floor or purchase an elevated feeding system so the dog doesn't have to lower its head.
  • Install ramps to help dogs climb stairs. For a dog having trouble, sling a towel underneath its belly.

Drug and holistic remedy manufacturers continue to study more products. "I think we will see further studies with agents that are considered safer," Dr Johnston said. "With the chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine products...more information should become available to us on those and how effective they are and under what conditions they should be used.

"I also believe more nonsteroidal products will become available to us as various drug companies discover the market in veterinary medicine."

The Rennicks attempted some over-the-counter approaches, that primarily center on buffered aspirin, before deciding on carprofen. While the drug makes their Collie sleepy for about an hour after he takes the drug, Cathey Rennick has seen no other side effects.

Although the drug is expensive on their budget, Cathey wanted to keep Murphy pain-free: "Fifty dollars a month isn't much to spend for a puppy who has been such a good watch dog and faithful friend."

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Bob   Harrisburg,, PA

2/20/2010 3:55:48 PM

I had a female Bichon for 16 1/2 years. She began to develop arthritis in her legs about a year ago.We went to the vet and she prescribed cosequin, which did not seem to help much. On a return visit she prescribed Rimadyl, which seemed to work for a short time, but Buffy started to fall when she tried to walk and I could see the pain in her eyes. The vet then prescribed a pain medication, the name of which I cannot recall, but after about 3 weeks, the pain pills were having little effect. I finally had to have Buffy put to sleep 5 weeks ago. Very sad. My family doctor prescribed sedatives to help me get through this, but I must go to professional counseling next week. I only wish that I would have known about the latest drugs shown on your website before we made that final sad trip to the vet. I believe that the Carprofen may have helped my buddy. She was only 15 pounds, so obesity was not a problem. And I did have a raised feeding system set up for her to reduce the stress on her neck. It goes without saying that I miss her very much. She was my good buddy.

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Mary   Destin, FL

9/30/2008 12:45:05 PM

I have a 13-year old pit-bull dog and she developed arthritis in her left hind leg about two years ago. My vet recommended that I give her Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements three times a day. Because she is only 50 pounds, I gave it to her only twice a day. A few months ago, she developed a pancreatic infection and a stomach ulcer. She was drinking water excessively throughout the day. We took her to the vet and sure enough she did have a pancreatic infection and ulcer. She was on antibiotics and other medication to treat her ulcer. After a week, she was healed. The vet was surprised that she healed and infection was gone. So since then I have not put her back on the Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements because I think the long-term side effects of those supplements may have caused her pancreatic infection and stomach ulcer. At this point, I am still researching healthy alternative treatments for my dog. I hope to find some other solutions in the near future.

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Tyler   Costa Mesa, CA

7/28/2008 5:07:16 PM

Can anypone suggest a repuptable brand for getting my dog some supplements to treat his arthritis ex: Glucosamine hydrochloride, fish oil etc. Are some brands better then others? Is it best from a vet or just @ Petsmart etc.., Thanks for any helpyler

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