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: 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

Date: Jul 28, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: German Shepard
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Question:My Paco had surgery today to repair/replace his right rear CRUCIATE. What supplements should I give him for the arthritis, bones and joints?

Answer:There are many good ones out there to choose from, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Phycox-prod11178.html

Date: Jul 23, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meloxidyl
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Question:Good day, My dog was prescribed meloxidyl for arthritis pain. At the time, he was keeping one leg lifted. He is doing better now, and I was wondering if this medication should be taken daily or as needed. Thank you for your help - my vet’s office is closed.

Answer:Your veterinarian that examined him is the best one to ask, but in general, only use NSAIDs like that as needed.

Date: Jul 12, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Carprofen
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Question:I accidentally took my dog’s Carprofen pill 100mg. Any reactions or side effects to me?

Answer:Honestly, I have no idea about how humans metabolize carprofen so you will have to contact your physician. (From Google: During clinical trials in humans carprofen was generally well tolerated. The majority of adverse effects were transient and mild such as gastro-intestinal discomfort or pain and nausea. The incidence of side effects in humans is similar to those recorded with aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.) Your physician will always be a better source to ask though, especially if you have any underlying problems and/or may be taking any medications.

Date: Jul 11, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: DASUQUIN
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Question:why does my dog need bloodwork when giving dasuquin, as told to me by rep

Answer:All medication, to various degrees, is metabolized by the liver and/or kidneys, so it is ideal, with almost every medication, to be sure these organs are healthy.

Date: Jul 9, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Product
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Question:Which product is better for my 100lb Lab. Dasuquin, or cosuquin?

Answer:So sorry for the delay - we have had technical difficulties for the past few days, which is rare. I like both of those actually - both come from reputable manufacturers and have been out for long time ("stood the test of time" so to speak). With joint supplements, they all have glucosamine & chondroitin, and I prefer the ones with added MSM and essential fatty acids, so try to find one with all of that, like this product: https://www.cosequin.com/product/cosequin-maximum-strength-msm-plus-omega-3-soft-chew/

Date: Jul 3, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Difficulty getting up
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Question:My 7 year old German shepherd all sudden have difficulty getting up from the floor.But once he’s up he’s okay can walk etc, but not fast.Just wonder if sign of arthritis? Thank you

Answer:Yes, it could be - other things are less likely (cancer, Lyme disease, etc etc.) so see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and treatment if it continues or worsens. There are so many treatment options for arthritis, 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: Jun 24, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Back leg hurts.
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Question:What medication can I give for arthritis for small dogs such as shih tzu?

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

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