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Ask the Vet About Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Arthritis
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Ask the Vet About What Causes Arthritis in Dogs and Cats?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: May 16, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication.

Question:I have an approximately 5-6 yr old male boxer who weighs 68lbs. I have been giving him Phycox Max for maybe a year or so as he began lumping on his right front leg. Now, he will stiffen up pretty bad after laying down for any time, or begin limping when out for walks. I have recently started giving him Turmeric to see if that helps as well. Is it okay to give him 300mg of turmeric along with the Phycox Max? He also gets apoquel for allergies. Is there anything else you would recommend that would be more beneficial than the Phycox max and turmeric?

Answer:Phycox max only has 50 mg of Turmeric, so it should be fine to add the 300mg of Turmeric. Before you do, contact whomever prescribed the Apoquel and make sure there are no interactions. There are MANY other options: cold laser therapy, NSAIDS, acupuncture, etc but I would try the turmeric first.

Date: May 1, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Human glucosamine and chondroitin

Question:Hi Dr. Dym, I'm just wondering if it would be safe to give my 14 year old springer spaniel cross collie dog human glucosamine suppletments? I don't live in the united states of America so I cannot avail of your supplements for joints and arthritis on this website... If it is possible to give him human supplements, what ingredients should I look out for in the supplements that wouldn't be suitable to give him and what ones would? I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you, Jennifer.

Answer:Yes, it should be safe to give - it has very few side effects - diarrhea, upset stomach is probably the most common so watch his stools closely when you start him on it. You can use human products but trying to get the percentages of each near what we use in veterinary medicine is sometimes hard and you end up giving a lot of different medication that isn't a chewable treat so a lot of people end up giving the veterinary-formulated products because it's easier on the owner and the dog in the long run. I usually shoot for : 900mg of glucosamine, 800mg of MSM, and 350mg Chondroitin. This isn't prescription so you should be able to order a veterinary product wherever you are.

Date: Apr 30, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Metacam for arthritis

Question:I just started giving my 9 year old Bichon Metacam yesterday and when I walked her this am I saw blood in her urine!! She never had this before. It seems to me that its from the Metacam. I am scared to death!! I think I should not give it to her anymore but I did give it to her this morning before I walked her.

Answer:Metacam is not known to cause blood in urine. It will sometimes upset their stomach and cause blood in their stool but that's usually after giving it for many days in a row. It is probably safer to not give it until you talk to her veterinarian that prescribed it in case she is having a rare reaction to it.

Date: Apr 19, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication

Question:How do I determine the correct dose to give my 90 pound lab of chondroitin /glucosamine/msm? It is a human brand that I take that I want to try her on.

Answer:I'd start her on about 900mg of glucosamine, 800mg of MSM, and 350mg Chondroitin.

Date: Apr 19, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication

Question:You mention giving a dog with arthritis glucosamine/chondroitin/msm. I take that myself for my arthritis. Can my dog take the same thing I am taking?

Answer:Yes you can - trying to get the percentages of each near what we use in veterinary medicine is sometimes hard and you end up giving a lot of different medication that isn't a chewable treat so a lot of people end up giving the veterinary-formulated products because it's easier on the owner and the dog in the long run.

Date: Apr 15, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best supplements

Question:Hi Dr. Dym, My Springer Spaniel/Collie is 14 years old and suffering from arthritis in the knees of his back legs and severely in his front right elbow. He is limping. I brought him to the vet recently and he prescribed my dog with anti-inflammatory drugs for a two week trial to see if it helps or relieves him of pain. I tried it, but he seemed to be still limping, and in more pain. I don't want to put my dog on any medication as he has never been on any medication and I fear that the consequences might arise another issue for my dog that wasn't there in the first place. I am therefore emailing you to ask you if you have any recommendations of what product(s) i.e joint supplement(s) you suggest i should purchase in order to relieve my dog of his arthritis pain. he is a very lively breed dog and still is, i just want to make sure he can continue being playful in his golden years pain free for as long as possible. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you, Jennifer.

Answer:The preparations with glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM help most dogs and have very few side effects so I would have him on one of those. Stronger anti-inflammatory medications like Rimadyl, Metacam, etc. provide more immediate relief but can have side effects. Running routine blood work will usually pick up problems before they cause them any major problems. Then there are many alternative therapies like acupuncture, cold laser treatments, etc that help some dogs and have very few side effects as well.

Date: Apr 2, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:My dog is walking like a U and he limps, cry and drag his back legs? What i can do i don't want to see him like that

Answer:It may be his hip or it may be his back, but either way it sounds like he's in a good bit of pain. Try to get him to your veterinarian for a diagnosis - you would treat back pain a little differently than hip dysplasia. If he is literally crying out, he will need stronger, prescription pain medications that they can prescribe for you.

Date: Apr 2, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog can't walk

Question:I have a Sheltie he has bad hips but as of today he can't walk, he won't eat or drink anything , he's lost control of urination. What should I do?

Answer:Best to get to vet for proper exam, x rays, and possibly blood work. There could be other issues going on today, including metabolic issues which blood work would address, as well as possible spinal disc or joint issues.

Date: Apr 2, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pain blockers

Question:Izzi is a 16 yr-old, 60 pound Border Collie Mix. We rescued her 12 years ago. Now she is suffering pain from arthritis which is affecting all four legs. I had her on Novoxin?? for a couple of years but now Vet says that her liver is not doing well and we should not use NSAIDs. She has no other symptoms of aging except for moderate loss of hearing. Teeth good, eats well, eyes clear. I have been told tramadol may help - what dosage would be recommended? Thanks for some advice.

Answer:I cant comment on the the use of the Novox or not, as i would need to know exact ALT liver values, etc as well as normals from lab measured, to either agree or disagree with your local vet. Tramadol can also occasionally be a bit strong on liver, as well as the other common pain medication we are recently using in veterinary medicine known as Gabapentin. Dose of tramadol 1/2 to 1 mg per pound twice to three times daily but your vet needs to approve its use, as it is prescription drug. I would also start your dog on some excellent joint and spine supplements from 1800petmeds, including Super Joint enhancer as well as proanthozone, and Be well fatty acid supplement

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cronic pain

Question:I need to get some kind of pain medication for my black lab he is in constant pain from his athritis in his hips

Answer:From 1800petmeds you can try excellent supplements such as super joint enhancer as well as proanthozone antioxidant, in addition to fatty acid like Be well. I would also ask that you see your local veterinarian who can perform a thorough exam and evaluation and decide if prescription nonsteroidal inflammatory medications or other pain medications also may help

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dosage

Question:Hello. I have a 7 y/o chocolate lab on rimadyl (generic). Is is ok to give her the meds once a day instead of twice? Sometimes I can't get her to eat twice a day so she only gets one dose. She's about 55 pounds and takes 125mgs a day, broken up into two doses.

Answer:Yes, it's fine to only give it once daily - if that controls her discomfort. It only stays in their system and relieves pain for about 12 hours. Since most dogs are more active during the day, try giving it in the morning. I tell my clients to play around with it and try to give it as infrequently as possible.

Date: Mar 2, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis pain

Question:My dog has severe arthritis pain in his hips. He currently takes tramadol and Dasiquin to help that but he very frequently losses strength in his rear legs and has difficulty getting up and even walking. He is 14 years old and I am not sure what else to do about it. Is it wise to force him to walk and get exercise?

Answer:I wouldn't really "force" him but exercise is very beneficial in keeping the musculature strong to support his arthritic joints. Low impact exercising is ideal, which is usually swimming for a dog. Multiple short walks are always good unless he is really limping. Consider using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Rimadyl or Metacam on days when he's having a harder time. Some of the prescription diets that are made for arthritic dogs may be an option for him - or adding Omega 3 fatty acids to his diet.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rimadyl

Question:My dog is part doberman part Rotty. He is 13 years old. Vet perscribed Rimadyl.. give it to him once or twice a week. Do es he need a blood test??

Answer:I like to run blood work every 6 months on my geriatric patients anyway, but definitely would if he is taking Rimadyl. They age so much more than we do in 6 months because their lifespan is so much shorter.

Date: Feb 10, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stairs

Question:My 12 year old lab recently shows fear and reluctance to go down stairs . Going up is no problem, just down. Why the difference?

Answer:That would make me very suspicious that his forelimbs hurt him more so than his hindlimbs because most of his body weight lands on them as he goes down. Your veterinarian can probably isolate which limb/joint (elbow, shoulder, carpus/wrist) and check for other things that can cause painful limbs (pododermatitis, cancer, etc) with a good physical exam and possibly some x-rays.

Date: Jan 8, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis Supplements

Question:Which arthritis supplement has the least side effects? I have a 12yr old female Lab who cannot tolerate Tramadol

Answer:Any prescription drug may have side effects. See your vet for recommendation of other possible scripts such as nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication or other pain med like gabapentin, all which need scripts from your vet. Consider supplements like super joint enhancer and proanthozone from 1800petmeds


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