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DateOct 4, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicSafe supplement
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Question:

Request safe arthritis supplement for my 12 year old Golden Retriever. Thank you! Suzanne Zarabi

Answer:

There are many choices nowadays, but here is a really good one by Bayer - it has all of the active ingredients that I really like in one chew, which is hard to find: https://www.1800petmeds.com/synovi+g4+soft+chews-prod11325.html

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DateSep 28, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topictrouble with his back legs
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can dogs take ibuprophen? is it similar to carprovet? how much ibuprophen should I give an 86 pound shepard?

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No dogs shouldn't take ibuprofen, it is a totally different active ingredient from carprovet that is too hard on their kidneys.

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DateSep 10, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicMed for arthritis
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Our 12-year-old dog has arthritis and 200 mg of Gabapentin 2x/d was helping, but now it's less effective. Carprofen/Rimadyl did not work. Is there another safe med to try?

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.html

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DateSep 4, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicBest product
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What is best product for arthritis

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 and available in your area. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.html

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DateAug 26, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicIs my dog dying already
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What can I give him for the pain he has arthritis but he has loss of appetite and vomits yellow his eyes are so foggy he cries once in a while when he’s sleeping

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He has so many severe sounding issues involving many different body systems, you will really get your moneys worth from one office visit, so I would recommend going ahead and seeing your local veterinarian. I don't think anything over-the-counter is going to provide much relief.

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DateAug 23, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicPain, inflammation, anal issue and mouth
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I need more information to really help you with this, so see your local veterinarian if it persists or worsens. Here is a link to various articles and treatment options for pain: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/pain

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DateAug 16, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicdosages
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Question:

Which brand has 250 mg of glucosamine and 200 mg of chondroitin, which is what my vet recommended?

Answer:

This regular Cosequin contains 250mg glucosamine and 200mg of chondroitin: https://www.1800petmeds.com/cosequin-prod10317.html

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DateJul 24, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicArthritis pain
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Question:

My dog seems to be having a lot of pain from arthritis she’s having a hard time walking. I don’t have the funds to take her to a vet please help

Answer:

You can try over-the-counter things like this doggie aspirin https://www.1800petmeds.com/nutri-vet+aspirin+chewable+tablets-prod12693.html or this homeopathic remedy https://www.1800petmeds.com/t+relief+tablets-prod10795.html or a good joint supplement https://www.1800petmeds.com/naturvet+glucosamine+ds+plus+soft+chews-prod12852.html, BUT nothing works as well as prescription medication (usually NSAIDs like carprofen) from your veterinarian. They will also either have or know where you can get other treatment options like laser therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, etc.

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DateJul 11, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicDaisy constantly grooms her right front paw
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Should I be concerned with Daisy constantly grooming her right front paw Our vet says nothing wrong with paw I already give her Cosequin

Answer:

If she targets just one foot, I would need to examine her and snap some radiographs, to really determine what is going on but it could be many things (arthritis, allergies, mange, infected nailbed, interdigital cyst, etc etc.)

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DateJul 10, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicSlide on floor
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Is there anything I can do to his paws to give him more traction

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Some of the dog booties can help - if he will tolerate them on his feet.

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DateJun 29, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicPrescription question
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Hello, I was wondering what would be a reason that a vet prescribed Gabapentin in dogs. What is the primary use for the drug and any secondary uses as well, thank you .

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Here is a really good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust, all about Gabapentin: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952756

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DateJun 16, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeCat
TopicCats with Arthritis
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What medications do you recommend for cats with arthritis?

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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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DateJun 5, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicdog
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hard to walk and and he cries when he want to get up. i cant take him to vet, cause lack of financial. please help me if what antibiotic should i buy to treat him.

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It's going to be hard for me to give you good advice without being able to examine him. Antibiotics don't help with pain, they just treat infection. Unfortunately, there aren't very good, strong over-the-counter pain medications, but you can try things like this homeopathic medication (https://www.1800petmeds.com/T+Relief+Tablets-prod10795.html) or this doggie aspirin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Nutri-Vet+Aspirin+Chewable+Tablets-prod12693.html).

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DateJun 3, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicpain meds
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Question:

can my dog take my gabapentin 100mg for back legs until i get paid and can order some just for him.

Answer:

I would have to know a LOT more about your dog to recommend that (why is he painful, what other medications does he take, any underlying medical problems, how much does he weigh, how was his liver and kidney function on his last bloodwork, etc etc) so consult your veterinarian for the best advice.

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DateMay 4, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicsenior dog tail
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Hello, I have a senior Chihuahua who has spinal issues and has had a limp tail in the past a few times from her spine issues but she seems fine now. For the past weeks, I have noticed that she doesn't wag her tail right anymore. Instead of how a dog curls their tail upward for a wag, she does it upside down. What could cause this. It was at the base and she doesn't seem to hurt but she wags her town in a downward u instead of the normal upward u shape. Thanks.

Answer:

This could be many things (slipped disc, cancer, trauma, infection, etc). I would need to examine her and take some x-rays to be able to start to tell exactly what is going on so see your veterinarian if it persists or worsens.

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