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Dog Arthritis Treatment – Pain Management For Effective Joint Pain Relief

By D. Thurmond, D.V.M.

A reluctance to stand or slow response to a sit command may be a sign your dog suffers from canine arthritis pain. You may think this is a normal part of aging for your pet but recent development in veterinary care have led to dog arthritis treatments through pet meds that work wonders to relieve joint pain.

Aspirin is often recommended for arthritis pain in dogs. Given in small doses (baby aspirin) this common, inexpensive drug provide pain relief by relieving inflammation. Ibuprofen can be used but can have the side effect of stomach irritation with frequent use. Aspirin may seem the cheapest and easiest option for your dog’s arthritis treatment but even aspirin can cause side effects, especially with long term use. Your vet may recommend using aspirin as a temporary relief of joint pain but should not be given to dogs suffering from kidney disease or problems with blood pressure. Prolonged used of aspirin can cause stomach irritation.

The arthritis pain your dog feels is not the same every day. Just as humans are affect by weather and temperature, dog arthritis is the same. A change in humidity, cold weather or a change in his activity level can affect the arthritic canine. Some days are just more painful than others.

Your veterinarian may recommend Rimadyl for dogs, Deramaxx or Metacam as dog arthritis treatments. These anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs quickly act to relieve joint pain and provide ongoing arthritis treatment for many dogs.

Rimadyl treats the pain and inflammation of arthritis and other joint diseases that include hip dysplasia. It is also often prescribed for pain relief after surgery and for dogs with fever. Rimadyl is well tolerated by most dogs and administered as a single dose each day of a chewable tablet that dogs seem to like or a non-chewable caplet. Rimadyl reduces the hormones that cause pain in canines. It should not be used for dogs used for breeding or for pregnant or lactating animals.

A small number of pet owners have reported liver problems as a side effect of Rimadyl treatment. The side effects seem to reverse themselves when the medication is withdrawn. The benefits experience by thousands of animals taking Rimadyl for dog arthritis treatment seem to outweigh the risk of a reaction to the pet med.

The chewable form of Deramaxx is a beef flavor dogs seem to love. Some dogs may have side effects that affect the kidneys, liver or digestive tract which is true of any NSAID drug. Deramaxx is viewed as a breakthrough pet medicine that is safe for daily use over the long term.

The oral form of Metacam allow carefully controlled dosages based on the dog’s weight and a sweet taste dog’s seem to like. A single daily dose added to the pet’s food or place directly in the mouth will provide a full 24 hours of pain relief. Your vet will prescribe the lowest possible dosage of any pain medication and will adjust the dosage as needed to manage arthritis symptoms.

Arthritis in dogs is a lifetime affliction and by starting with the lowest possible dosage the owner is able to increase the dosage of a dog’s arthritis treatment as needed with advancing age.Before starting arthritis treatment for your dog, your veterinarian will consider other meds your pet may be taking and will conduct a full exam to be certain there are no factors other than arthritis making your pooch uncomfortable. The results of the exam will be useful as comparison if your dog does develop a reaction to arthritis treatment medications.

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