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: 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

Date: Jun 24, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swollen ankles
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Question:Is there an anti inflammatory that would help my labs severely swollen rear ankles? He’s already on rimadyl, gabapenten, amantadine, glucosamine and tumeric. Thanks.

Answer:Oh wow - I think you posted earlier and I needed the underlying cause - sounds like arthritis because of all the medications he's on are for pain and swelling. Those are all good strong pain medications, so it's hard to add any oral medications to that, so what I would highly recommend is: 2 things (1) cold laser therapy and (2) acupuncture - both really - if your veterinarian doesn't do them, ask for a referral.

Date: Jun 8, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Medication
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Question:Does Gallaprant for hip arhritis cause heat sensitivity. We live in the desert. It helps our Tilly If so is there a different med that would be better

Answer:Not that I know of but speaking directly with the manufacturer's veterinarian is a good idea to be sure.

Date: Jun 6, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: ticks
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Question:if I give my dog sentinel what do I do for ticks.we have really small ones.

Answer:Either Nexgard or Bravecto are working best for ticks this year. The Seresto collar is probably the best over-the-counter option.

Date: Jun 1, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: What med
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Question:What is good med to give a rat terrier

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: May 30, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Arthi
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Question:Hi my dog is a chow-golden retriever. He is 13 and suffers from arthritis.we have been trying rimydal for pain but it doesn't seem to help. We did the glucosamine chew, hempwell oils. Still has a lot of pain . Any suggestions

Answer:Speak with your veterinarian about adding either another medication or modality like laser therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, etc. - see what is available in your area and might be right for him based on his underlying problem.

Date: May 26, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Health
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Question:What I do for my dog Samson because his legs are hurt because of rain today?

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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