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What human medication can i give my dog for arthritis? My closest vet is 100km away!?
Posted 3 years ago in Other by sadpanda

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Anonymous
I know you can give them Celebrex but it is prescription.
Anonymous
The best and easiest treatment for arthritis (if you're sure that's what it is) is glucosamine / chondroitin / msm, and you can use the human quality as there is no difference. The veterinary ones are extremely expensive anyway and quite honestly price themselves out of the market on this.You can also consider,Greenlip muscle,Shark Cartiledge,Devils Claw,A copper collar,A bioflow collar,Hydrotherapy,Acupuncture.
Anonymous
There are products like glucosamine (which most good dog food contains in any case), and Vitapet does a R & A preparation too, but even if your vet is that far away (?) phone and ask them if they'll be prepared to prescribe something, and mail it to you? Unlikely, but worth a try.Be very careful about using a human preparation however.
Anonymous
I was told aloe vera plants work great for arthritis...you can get them in pills too.
Anonymous
none cause you could kill the dog just take it to a vet
Anonymous
Eventually you need to take the dog to the vet for daignosis and treatment.A great many can tolerate Meloxicam or similar vet drugs without side effects, but you need to have their kidneys and liver confirmed as in good order first.Home medications won't help much and even 1/2 a childs buffered Aspirin (which is OK if they don't have bleeding or get bleeding as a side effect) isn't going to really make a difference. Also, pain has a function... it makes sure the animal gives the sore joint a rest in the hope that inflammation may lessen.Acupuncture or Acupressure is actually quite a good idea but you need a chart to show you where the special places are on a canine anatomy. I've used a little human TENS pen on dogs before with some success. It releases endorphins.Then there are the food supplements that help 're-line' the joints. Glucoasamine, Chondroitin, Green Lipped Mussel. If your dog doesn't get diarrhea from them, consider starting on Pedigree Dentasticks which have those ingredients. If they help then you can buy the ingredients separately.However, my last dog's quality of life was massively improved with Metacam or Meloxicam from the vet, and I think this is what you need to discuss with the vet. If not suitable for your dog then there is Tramadol for acute phases.
Anonymous
Buffered aspirin. Dose according to weight, give with a meal.For my 140 lb newfie -- 2 pills am and 2 pills pm with food
Anonymous
its call cosequin recommended by jack hanna from the ohio zoo
Anonymous
I've been using this product with my senior dogs for ages, and it works every bit as well as the vet prescribed NSAIDs with no side effects. It's a Glucosamine/Chonroitin/MSM formula, double strength and only $19.95 for a bottle of 120 chewables (my dogs love the taste)I use one tablet daily for dogs under 35 pounds and 2 daily for dogs over that.I get it here;http://www.kvpet.comItem number 43081You can call them toll-free at 1-800-423-8211
Anonymous
Are you absolutely certain it's arthritis? If not I'd be making that trip to find out for sure then talk to the vet about your options. A good quality food is a must because it contains glucosomine and the proper amount of Omega 3's but it's still not enough. Shop around and find a drug store that sells two for the price of one human grade glucosomine/chrondroitin/MSM. It has to be given by weight.As do all the products others have suggested here. If you give too much on your own you'll be tossing money away as it'll go right thru the dog. The first week you should double the prescribed dosage to get it built up in the dogs system and after that go to the regular dose but you have to give it religiously. If you miss a day you need to start from scratch and go right back to doubling it up again.You can give a Bayer aspirin or a generic for pain but again it has to be given by weight and for no more than 3 days straight or you run the risk of liver and or kidney damage.If you sincerely suspect arthritis give the dog 3 massages every day 15 minutes each. Type in dog massage and you'll find some how to sites paying close attention to the areas you know are the most troublesome. I apply a heating pad set on medium for 5 minutes to all the affected areas before I start. You'll need to hold it on and rub it around. You can alternate it with an ice pack to swollen joints. And exercise is an absolute must.Letting him lay around is only making those joints stiffer and more painful. Don't push the dog to do too much but get him up and walking at his own pace until he lays down. Let him rest a bit then go home. And keep him in the grass concrete is too hard on the joints. Next walk try going just a few steps farther. Massages immediately follow exercise.If at all possible take the dog swimming as that's the absolute best exercise. And try to provide soft places for the dog to lay all over the house. I have beds in almost every room. Most I've made using egg crate mattresses I cut to size and doubled then made like a pillow case out of comforters I bought at garage sales. They're cheap and effective. Depending on how much pain he's in it may take weeks of daily massages for you to notice any change but don't give up and be prepared for all your hard work to go out the window with EVERY change in weather.But no matter how discouraged you get please don't give up.It will seem to take forever and you'll have many set backs but I promise you your vigilance WILL pay off. One day you'll start to realize that the bad spells are less frequent then you'll notice the spells don't last as long. Then you'll realize that not only are they not lasting as long but the dog seems to be in much less pain during the spell.
Anonymous
You may want to try a liquid formula liquid glucosamine supplement that contains chondroitin. It is an all-natural supplement that can easily be added to your dogs food bowl. It takes approximately 2 weeks to notice the results, but it is worth the wait.Synflex America has a beef flavored formula that works really well. You can order it online and they will ship it.
Anonymous
There aren't that many human meds for arthritis that are in the right dosage for dogs. Its best if you give your dog a arthritis treatment product that is specifically designed for dogs. I've give mine a herbal tonic called Old Timer. I just give him a few doses everyday and its not that expensive. Here's where I got it - http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/dog-arthritis-1


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