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: 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

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Rejuvenate
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Question:Hi. Sis has been taking Rejuvenate as a supplement but you don?t carry it. Is there a comparable chewable that you offer?

Answer:We carry a lot of joint supplements that I like: Dasuquin, Cosequin, Phycox, etc. I probably like the Phycox the best - here is a link: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Phycox-prod11178.html

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Support for back leg
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Question:Do the elastic support work

Answer:In general, No, elastic support won't help - but I can't really tell what you are asking or what is wrong with your dog so consult your veterinarian for the best advice.

Date: May 15, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: hard to give pill too
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Question:My dog a Chihuahua mixed male of 12 years old. I think he got arthritis.He hard to give a pill too. I have to use liquid. CAn I use a pill or supplement to help him by crushing it and put in water with a syringe?

Answer:Yes, that's usually fine - check with the manufacturer of the product that you end up choosing to be 100% sure.

Date: May 7, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Medication
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Question:My vet prescribed Rovera (Carprofen) for my dog having arthritis issues. It was $100 for 50 chewable tablets. It looks like there are different chewable tablets available on 1800PetMeds at a much lower price when I searched ?Rovera?. Is Rimadyl the same as Rovera?

Answer:Yes, Rimadyl is the same thing and then there are many other generics, like Novox - here is a link with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Novox+Carprofen+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod10930.html

Date: May 5, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Old dogs
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Question:Can I order these meads for my 2 older Dogs. Bad back. Tramadol 50mg, Methocarbamol Robaxin 500mg.,Rimadyl 25mg and 75mg for larger dog. They are 14 and 15 years old.

Answer:Yes, we carry all of those. They all require a prescription from your veterinarian that has met your dogs in person so it will ask for their contact information when you check out.

Date: May 3, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Arthritis
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Question:My dog is 9 yrs old. He was doing pretty good until couple days ago. Got him vet because of the way he was peeing. Vet said that he has stones and needs surgery but the next day he could hardly walk. Vet took blood and xrays. He has an infection which he is on antibiotics and arthritis in hips pretty badly. She said there wasn?t much they could do what she is saying that he is an older dog and with arthritis he isn?t going have a productive life. My question is what would you recommend that can help him with his arthritis. Vet said if can?t get that helped then no use doing surgery.

Answer:You are really going to have to have a candid talk with your veterinarian that has access to his records, blood work and x-rays. The answer to this resolves solely around severity which I can't guess at without seeing all of that.

Date: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Joint Pain
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Question:What is the best joint pain or arthritis medicine recommended for a dog that weighs 50 plus lbs.

Answer:For pain, prescription medications work best, like this carprofen generic called Novox: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Novox+Carprofen+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod10930.html

Date: Apr 28, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Weight loss
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Question:Hi. Josh is a 16yr old Westie. He is on Prescription Hill food for kidney trouble I would like him to loose a little weight I give him three quarters of a cup daily I am skeptical to start giving him one half cup he is 25 to 26 lbs PS he loves to eat. REALLY!!!! Thank you MarieFiricano

Answer:Consult your veterinarian, who knows him and his blood work a lot better than me, but it sounds like you need to cut him down to 1/2 cup.

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