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After a recent trip to the vet, we had a tough decision to make: pay exorbitant bills for pain medication for our dog, or take him home and deal with it ourselves. Our pup is well beyond his spry years, equaling a 94-year-old man at this point, and his arthritis is causing problems. After consulting with a few homeopathic friends, some books, and one homeopathic doctor, we found some ways to ease his pain without breaking our budget.
Another staple we keep around is chewable children's aspirin. After reading a dosing chart in our pet medical book and checking with our vet, we keep these "treats" for days that his arthritis really seems to act up. Just like us, when he's hurting we give him his aspirin and lay a hot water bottle against him. Originally, our vet offered us a daily shot that we could administer, but after some research we learned that long term dosing of NSAIDS causes liver or kidney damage. Popular NSAIDS include Etogesic, Rimadyl, Metacam, Zubrin, Deramaxx, and Previcox.
While our furry friend doesn't need it, some pets get overly anxious during storms or during travel. For this children's Benadryl works well. It calms them down and creates the sedative effect of the antihistamine without too many side effects.
I am very interested in the books. What are some of the name and authors.
Careful Glucosamine chondroitin doesn't work on all dogs and or all humans. It does take about 6-8 weeks to work. Out of my two dogs it only worked on one.
When my dogs were one and two years of age, I started buying on a daily basis two natural product treats at Walmart called natural Healthy Treats for Dogs (Skin and Coat) and Healthy Treats for Dogs (Hip and Joint) and give as the packages directed.
The hip and joint treats contain glucosamine and chondroitin. The skin and coat treats contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. When they see their vet, she says how very healthy they are and their coats really shine. I believe there is something to what you are saying about homeopathic care. However, I would never give my pets any kind of over the counter medication w/o the vet's approval first.
Cocker Spaniels are supposedly to have hip displasia as a problem in later years and I wanted to do all I could to prevent that.
I have been wondering if that works for myself, and I probably will try those treats with that ingredient in them for my older chihuahua/weenie dog mix. She is a medium size dog, despite her mix with a chihuahua. She is heavy from the Dachshund side and little legs from the Chihuahua side. There is some Mountain Feist somewhere in the mix.
Bless her heart, I will start her on those treats, and when it gets warmer, let her out more, maybe at the lake where she will really explore. I will check into the pills too for her, and check into the dosages. Thanks for a really good post!
Here is a photo of her....