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This is a relatively new forum, and as such I have only these four forums. I thought it might be a bit overwhelming to have a forum for each breed, but after the community grows I will be breaking it down some. I will be looking for suggestions too when the time comes.
My 14 year old dog is having problems getting up and down. It appears it either hurts or his joints are really stiff. Is there an over the counter drug safe for me to give him to allievate some of the stiffness or joint pain. I don’t want to give him steriods. I did that with my last dog and it ended up more harm then help.
Start him on glucosamine/chodroitin. There is a huge variety of brands available on line. I personally like Glyco-flex and Countrywide Pet Supply online is where I’ve found the best prices. The dosage is on the bottle, and depends on the weight of your dog. This supplement helps repair the cartilage that is worn out as a dog ages. This is a natural product and has no side effects. I even have my 2 year old on it already since he’s already had a problem with his knees.
Some people will give their dogs the human brands sold at the grocery store. There is nothing wrong with this, but I’ve found that the dog brands work better for dogs and the price really isn’t much better on the human brands.
It will take about 4 weeks of continuous use before you see any improvement. And the product has to be given every day forever, if you stop using it, the dog will go back to the way he is now.
Depending on the severity of your dog’s arthritis, I would recommend asking your Veterinarian about NSAIDs. These are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs so they reduce the pain and inflammation without the side-effects that steroids have. Again there are a number of these, Rimadyl, and Deramaxx are the two most common, but there are also Zubrin, and Etogesic. My Sydney (in my avatar) has used all these at one time or another. She’s had arthritis since she was 2 years old and is now 10 years old. Some dogs will have side effects such as stomach upset, but if that happens changing from one drug to another may help. Syd never had any problem with any of them. Long term use of NSAIDs can cause liver problems, but at 14 years old, quality of life is more important that quantity. Regular (6 months to a year) blood tests will help you keep an eye on the liver to make sure there aren’t any problems.
There are a lot of horror stories out there about Rimadyl and Deramaxx, but there are many thousands of dogs that take these drugs for years with absolutely no problem. Definitely talk to your Veterinarian about these for your dog, it is amazing to watch them be puppy-like again after they’ve been so stiff for so long.
Sydney is currently on Etogesic along with another drug called Tramadol. Tramadol is a narcotic and is probably much more than your dog needs at this point, but again with Sydney its definitely a quality of live over quantity of life issue. She’s had 9 orthopedic surgeries in 8 years resulting in the nickname “the bionic pit bull” for good reason. She’s got more metal joints than real joints. So she is a special case.