Ask the Vet About Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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 6, 2021
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication
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Question:Dasuquin with MSM Soft Chews for Dogs contains glycerin. My dog, a 12 year old, 34 lb Basenji mix is a diabetic and takes 24 units of insulin 2x a day (to give you an idea of how bad she is). I want to find out if it is ok to give a diabetic dog the Dasuquin chew that contain glycerin. Would that cause her blood sugar to increase?

Answer:Consult your veterinarian for the best advice that has access to all of her blood work and history, but in general, No, the glycerin in a Dasuquin chew should not significantly affect her blood sugar.

Date: Jan 4, 2021
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Limping, left leg joint swollen
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Question:What can I give him for swollen leg joint?

Answer:If it is visually swollen, seeing your veterinarian is ideal - they will have much better medications than anything over-the-counter. There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Dec 31, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medicine for my 11 year old "Borkie"
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Question:Donovan is about 11 and a half yorkie/bischon mix, 17 lbs. 1) does he need a joint med/preventative? 2) If so which one? Thanks!

Answer:Yes, just due to his age, I would start one. There are many good ones out there. I like Phycox because of everything it contains and it's cheaper than a lot that have less active ingredients. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Phycox-prod11178.html

Date: Dec 22, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 
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Question:Dog runs and plays but back legs are stiff and limps on them some days

Answer:There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Dec 9, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: carprofen injections
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Question:my dog was severely limping last wednesday so i took her to the vet they took xrays took blood and gave her a carprofen shot. blood came back normal no lyme. she has arthritis in her back legs and has a very sensitive stomach. i gave her tramadol 2 days in a row prior to taking her to the vet and she developed diarrhea and no improvement on the legs. vet recommended adequan but i dont feel comfortable since its an im injection and i dont want her muscle to get damaged more than it is and i know it will hurt her since its intramuscular. i took her back for another shot of carprofen. vet said it can be given daily. how often would you recommend? she is a 6 year old 18 pound lhasapoo. i know she needs to lose weight but she is super picky and and has alot of food allergies. she eats boiled lamb meat and wet lamb dog food. any advice for losing weight and how often should i give the carprofen shots? thank you

Answer:In general, you want to give the carprofen injections as infrequently as you can - play around with it and see - it will depend on the severity of her arthritis. There is no secret to weight loss (with them or with us) - weight loss occurs when you reduce the calories and increase the exercise, even if you work with the food you are feeding, but you usually need to dramatically reduce the amount to get weight loss because cutting it just a little will be a maintenance amount and will allow them to maintain their current weight. Dogs usually enjoy the second part of the weight loss equation = exercise - even if it's just daily walks.

Date: Dec 7, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mixing Cbd oil with Cosequin Maximum Strength Plus MSM
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Question:Hello, We have an older dog who has some arthritis. Recently we have started him on Cbd oil. Is it safe to also give him Cosequin Maximum Strength Plus MSM. He is a border collie/cattle dog mix and loves to run around! Thank you. Lisa

Answer:Yes, it is fine to give those at the same time.

Date: Nov 14, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds
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Question:I had to put my Honey today and have two fill unupenef bottles of Gabepentin. Can I return them. It’s such a waste with unopened meds. Thanks

Answer:I'm so sorry about Honey. (This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions - contact customer service about that. Most places won't accept returns of medications because they cannot be sure it didn't sit in the sun on your dash or freeze in a really cold environment, etc. One thing you can do is donate it back to your veterinarian - we always had a stash of old medication that we saved for needy people/pets.) Here is our customer service contact info: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds(1-800-738-6337) Email Address: customerservice@1800petmeds.com)

Date: Oct 3, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication for arthritis in shoulders
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Question:Medication for arthritis in shoulders, 7 yr old bichon 17# also has pancreatitis

Answer:There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these, but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more now, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Oct 3, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Joint pain
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Question:My is taking galliprant, is there anything else that may help with his hip stiffness? He also has hypothyroidism. Thank you

Answer:There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these, but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more now, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Sep 16, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds
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Question:What can I give my dog for his arthritis . I’m waiting g for his galliprant rx to arrive . I never run out , but I loss my father . So just need something I can give him for the next 2 days I can get local . Aspirin or ??? He’s about 170 pounds . Big boy . Also had hypothyroidism . But levels are good?? Thanks for your help

Answer:Unfortunately, you can't switch NSAIDs like that without a ~3 days "wash-out" period, and NSAIDs tend to help the most. Some dogs seem to get some relief from homeopathic medication like this one though: https://www.1800petmeds.com/T+Relief+Tablets-prod10795.html

Date: Sep 16, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Joint Pain
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Question:My Labrador is 11 years old. She has some stiffness and would like to know some anti inflammatory medications that I could give her to make her more comfortable. Also that are not too expensive! Thanks!

Answer:There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Aug 28, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Back leg brace for acl
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Question:Have a chocolate lab 10 yrs. old, do you have back leg braces that would help stabilizing her acl.

Answer:No, we don't carry them. Surgery is usually much more ideal and/or having an orthopedic specialist custom make a brace.

Date: Aug 14, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Omega 3 vs Glucosamine
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Question:I have a senior dog with joint issues. She takes awhile getting up in the morning. I gave her some Omega 3 and she improved dramatically in her skin and coat. She has seasonal allergies. Should she be taking Glucosamine as well.

Answer:Yes - it sounds like she needs it. There are many good options out there like this products: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Cosequin+Maximum+Strength+Plus+MSM-prod11174.html

Date: Aug 7, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Drug interaction
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Question:Is it safe for a Dog tacking piroxicam and intravenous chemo for Bladder cancer to receive Cortisone shots for arthritis

Answer:No - probably not (NSAIDS + steroids are not given together) - but ask the oncologist that is giving the chemo to be 100% sure.

Date: Jul 29, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Larpar
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Question:My dog has larpar. He is 12 and has bad arthritis in his spine. He is taking med for Lyme disease. I was wondering about surgery and post surgery complications and how long for healing process.

Answer:Here is a good article about laryngeal paralysis, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952489

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