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Ask the Vet About Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Arthritis
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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: Jan 12, 2018
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: novox carprofen

Question:My dog is 14 yrs old and I do not want to put her through the stress of going to the vet. Is there an equivalent medication to novox that does not require a prescription from the vet?

Answer:There are over-the-counter NSAIDS that you can use but they don't help the discomfort as much. Here is one such product (don't give it with novox): https://www.1800petmeds.com/Excel+Aspirin-prod11224.html

Date: Dec 31, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Meloxicam

Question:I just started giving meloxicam 15 mg. To my potbelly pig once a day. What do you think about this medication? She is overweight and seems to be very sore and doesn't get around much due to blindness. She is also on a albuterol syrup twice daily for breathing issues and a 10 mg prednisone. I do give a acid reducer to prevent ulcers due to medications. Do you think these meds will help my piggie and are they safe for her? Thank you

Answer:I only practice on dogs and cats so I'm not the greatest one to ask about pigs, but giving prednisone and meloxicam at the same time is not advised in any species. Both are prescription medications so consult with whomever prescribed them to be sure they wanted you to give these at the same time. Meloxicam is a good NSAID that should help with her discomfort but I can't advise you to start that and stop the prednisone because I don't know why she on it (if it's for breathing problems, I definitely wouldn't stop it without consulting your veterinarian).

Date: Dec 28, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: arthritis

Question:Pearl is 15.5, her back legs are not very straight. She has a hard time getting up sometimes and most recently she falls. She is on medication for this. My question is, is there anything else, i can do to help her, (message, etc) she does not seem to be in pain, she does not cry or anything like that.'thanks Stephen

Answer:There are many other options for arthritic older dogs - laser therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, multiple different oral medications, etc. Ask your veterinarian what might be best for her and what is available in your area and what types of physical therapy might be best for her condition.

Date: Dec 21, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:3 weeks ago my 12 year old female black lab started to limp. I had thought that she had hurt her shoulder jumping off the bed. A week later she can hardly walk on that leg. I took her to my vet and we started to treat her for arthritis. She takes Deramaxx daily, movoflex daily and now a pain med every 8 hours. She has gotten progressively worse. She will not even put that paw on the ground any longer. We had xrays done and it just looks like arthritis to our vet. She is overweight by about 20# but if she won't get up and move she isn't going to be able to lose any weight. Long story short, what else can I do to help her get back on her feet? My vet is already talking about the diminished quality of life she has because she does not want to move. Please help!

Answer:Cold laser therapy, acupuncture and physical therapy are 3 things that run through my mind. Getting the weight off of her is mandatory so really cut her food back. You may want to test her thyroid - labs are predisposed to hypothyroidism so it would actually be good if she were and you could get her on a thyroid supplement and she would lose weight. Swimming is ideal exercise for her but it's hard to find somewhere to do that in the winter, depending on where you are. A lot of veterinarians are starting to invest in water treadmills so call around and see if anyone has one around you.

Date: Dec 12, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for arthritis

Question:My 12 year old lab appears to have arthritis that is effecting his left front paw. He has a noticeable limp that worsens as the weather grows colder. A few years ago he had a condition that caused serious internal bleeding. We almost lost him. A diagnosis was never figured out or given. I hesitate in giving him an anti inflammatory for the arthritis in fear of starting another bleeding episode. Can you recommend anything, other than an anti inflammatory, that might help his arthritis ? Thanks for your help!

Answer:Nothing seems to work as quickly (or sometimes as well) as the NSAIDs but there are many other types of treatment. Some patients have good success on the prescription mobility diets like Science Diet J/D. Some patients have good success with cold laser therapy or acupuncture or physical therapy. Here is an article that goes over even more treatments for arthritis: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Nov 29, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Joint problems?

Question:I have a nine-year-old black lab and with in the last 6or 7months hes been having a hard time getting up and walking I know that labs have problems with their hips as they get older but my question is is it OK to give him 81 mg of aspirin or what should I do joint supplements? Last checkup he weighed 94 pounds. Thank you for your input

Answer:94 pounds is overweight for most labs but it totally depends on how big his frame is. The best, cheapest way to help him if he is overweight, is to put him on a diet and help him lose weight. Aspirin is ok in the short-term but can upset his stomach in the long run. A glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM preparation is almost always a good idea like Cosequin or this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Joint+Enhancer-prod10496.html

Date: Nov 25, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pain

Question:I have reusable heat packs that I use for my arthritis. I was curious if they can also be used on my black lab. He's 8 years old and it seems that with this damp weather his arthritis is flaring up and I thought the heat packs might help him same as they do me

Answer:It's not something we usually use for them but you can try it, just make sure the hot pack isn't too hot.

Date: Nov 22, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:Our ten year old lab is being treated with medication. He gets around OK, but now he has lost his appetite. he will take warmed food. And we give him his pills with a product called "Pill Pocket" Comes in liver, and chicken flavors. But he is NOT losing weight. We were just wondering if you folks have an over the counter suggestion/ He is already on your joint enhancers

Answer:I can't really recommend anything until I know what medication he is taking - it is probably an NSAID like Rimadyl (Carprofen) or Metacam (meloxicam) that would interact with something I might suggest like Excel. Here is a link to read about it (but don't give it to him until you ok it with your veterinarian): https://www.1800petmeds.com/Excel+Aspirin-prod11224.html?Ntt=aspirin If he is overweight, losing weight helps more than anything - and it's free! (It even SAVES you money because you feed him less.)

Date: Nov 21, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Long Term arthritic dog care

Question:Dear 1-800-Pet Meds: Can you suggest what items (apart from an orthopedic dog bed) a dog owner should purchase over time to care for a dog that has been diagnosed by a vet with arthritis? Would these items change based on the size, breed and/or life-stage of the dog? Thank you very much.

Answer:A bed is a good idea. Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM preparations are usually a good idea, but ask your veterinarian if that would be right for your dog. Certain physical therapy exercises are usually a good idea depending on the severity and joints affected. As far as ramps to go up stairs and get on the bed and in the car, it really depends on the severity and joints affected. There are many types of medications available for pain relief - most are prescription so work with your veterinarian to find what works best and is most appropriate for your dog.

Date: Nov 19, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: anti inflammatory

Question:What is the most effective anti inflammatory to use for my dog. Vet prescribed carprofen but I have researched this and feel it is has more deadly side effects. Can you please advise. My dog is 8 yr old staffie

Answer:It seems like all of the really good, effective pain medications, like Carprofen, have side effects. It and meloxicam seem to work the best for my patients. As long as you run blood work periodically to check for these adverse side effects, most patients handle both of these medications fine.

Date: Nov 15, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deramaxx 25 mg

Question:Our 13 year old lab/healer mix has been taking Deramaxx 25mg for about 4 months. She seems to be shedding more than usual, is this a side effect of the drug? If so, is there any other product that has less side effects. She is doing very well physically, taking 1/2 pill per day at this time.

Answer:That is not a side effect of Deramaxx (that I know of). I don't use a lot of Deramaxx in my practice so call the 1-800 number on the packaging and see if they are seeing this with their product.

Date: Oct 26, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:He is currently 15 & 1/2 years old. His vet prescribed Rejuvenate for him. Is this the BEST medication for him. He is still relatively active. But at times, he is a bit wobbly.

Answer:It is impossible for me to say if that is the BEST medication for him without seeing him, doing a physical on him, seeing his radiographs, seeing his blood work, etc but it is a good medication and should help his joints without a lot of side effects, which is good for a dog his age. There are other medications and treatments (laser therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc) to try if he doesn't respond.

Date: Oct 5, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog limping

Question:I have a 14 yrs old Chihuahua, she's a little chubby and we have been battling with ACL, some days good but some days she can't barely lift herself up from the floor, vet prescribed Rimadyl but only when she's in pain and for a short period. Dog does not whimper, hard to know when she's in pain. If she limps is that a sign of pain? I give her the soft chewable Glucosamine, twice a day, is there a pet friendly type of NSAID without prescription that I can give her daily or is there any other drug free remedy you can recommend? Due to her age and my financial situation I cannot afford to have any procedures performed on her. I understand there is surgery to correct the ACL issue. Thank you.

Answer:Yes, limping is usually a sign of discomfort. The absolute best thing you can do for her is 100% free (in fact it actually saves you money because you will feed her less) and that is for her to lose weight. You are in direct control of how much she weighs so really try to get that weight off of her. "Excel" is an over-the-counter NSAID that doesn't work as well as the prescription NSAIDS like Rimadyl and you wouldn't want to give them at the same time. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Excel+Aspirin-prod11224.html

Date: Sep 29, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Arthritis Pain

Question:We have a Beagle - she is almost 9 years old (next month) - she has arthritis and is often walking on 3 legs - pain is in her back right area. She does do a little groaning when she moves, but otherwise, is not a complainer at all - she does not like to miss her walks, but a lot of the time she is on three legs. She was on Tramazol, but that did not seem to help so the vet told us to order Galliprant (which we did), it helps a little, but I did not see it on your list for Arthritis. Do you recommend something else to help alleviate her discomfort? We also have Cosequin5. Thank you!

Answer:Galliprant is one of the many NSAIDs available for arthritis. You may want to try another one if you feel like she's not responding much to it. I probably have the most success with Carprofen (Rimadyl, etc) but all dogs are different - I use the analogy that some people think Tylenol works better for their aches and pains and some think Advil does. (Don't use either of these NSAIDs for dogs though) Make sure she is not overweight - this is very important. There are other things you can try: cold laser treatment, acupuncture, etc. - ask your veterinarian what might be available in your area. Essential Fatty Acids are helpful as well, so try a product like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: Sep 18, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Budget friendly arthiritis meds

Question:My Golden Mix is 13 1/2 years, 60 lbs female and her hips are pretty stiff. She has poor kidney functions as of her last labs Nov 2016. Is there something that is easy on the wallet and helpful for her as well?

Answer:Almost all of the stronger NSAIDs are metabolized, at least a little, through their kidneys, so that's tough. Some are metabolized more in the liver like Rimadyl (or generic Carprofen like Novox) but you would want to recheck her kidneys (and liver for that matter) before starting it because they age & change a lot in 10 months. Cold laser therapy helps some dogs and has zero impact on her kidneys. A glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement is always a good idea but doesn't help the immediate pain as much as it prevents future discomfort. Here is a link to read about the Novox: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Novox+Carprofen+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod10930.html


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