Robin from Washington, IA
You can try doggie aspirin, which is available at feed stores or online.
It is buffered, but you need to watch for stomach upset.
There are also many chewable glucosamine/chondroitin formulas. This is a dietary supplement for dogs (and people, too). These take time to work, but can help as well. Make sure you buy the canine version of this supplement.
Getting your dog's weight down will help, too. So will regular but not intense exercise.
Good luck! (02/21/2007)
I know of an natural antioxidant product that works great for dogs and cats. It is a power that you mix into their food. It is natural. It costs about $20 for a 6 month supply. You can tell if it is helping within hours of taking it. Contact me if you want more information. I have received several requests for more information.
The product is called PetHealth OPC Formula for Dogs and Cats. It has glucosamine and OPC, an anti inflammatory which is natural. No harm to tine livers, etc. You can find it at www.fa2health.com. Search by product name. It works wonders in a quick period of time. Good luck! My kitty has a immune deficiency which causes her teeth to rot from the inside out...it is helping her, too! (02/21/2007)
Forgot to mention that the Rimadyl website offers a $10 coupon for the first purchase and $5 for subsequent refills.
The drug company sends you a coupon, which the vet redeems.
I used to give my old dog a Glucosamine vitamin every day and this really helped. They are actually adding this to many "Senior" dog foods already. (02/22/2007)
Dog Gone Pain works good. They have their own website and other companies sell it online. (02/22/2007)
By Rose Mary
I definitely believe in giving all older dogs glucosamine for arthritis. You can usually find it at pet supply stores and online websites. It reverses the damage caused by arthritis. (02/22/2007)
We use the MSM and Omega 3-6-9,(anti-inflammatory) same as we take from the drug store and allow for size. We also took out a book on dog massage from the library and now our 100 lb. GSD has his pills and back massage every day. An extra comfortable bed helps a great amount as well. Rimadyl is hard on the dog's liver and there are better things such as Metacam if you have it. I went through the whole routine once before with an older dog who is gone now and the vet gave us the Metacam at discount then as we were regular consumers. (02/22/2007)
I'm starting my Golden on Adequan Canine injections this weekend. It's a bit pricey but it has proven results in adding to the dogs quality of life. Ask your vet and good luck! (03/08/2007)
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