It’s not only humans that suffer from arthritis, it is often very common in older dogs and when it hits, it can be quite severe. Here are some tips to treating it.
There are various different medications often used to improve the movement of your dog and reduce pain caused by arthritis. Aspirin is the most commonly-used drug, but it does carry the risk of side effects. However Carprofen and Etodolac are considered to be very safe and are more powerful than aspirin.
Also try diet supplements such as Glyco-flex and Cosequin. These dietary supplements help build new cartilage in the dog’s joints. Adequan is effective if used in the early stages of dog arthritis. It works to prevent inflammation and destruction of cartilage.
If you want to go down the surgery route, you can. Surgery can be performed in some cases but not all cases. Another method that is often popular for both humans and dogs is acupuncture. Some dog owners have also used it with favorable results, but there is little scientific evidence supporting it as a viable form of arthritis treatment.
Your dog will still need daily exercise, but it cannot be too strenuous, or it can cause further damage to your dog’s joints. A healthy, balanced diet will keep your dog fit and help him shed some pounds if he is overweight.
No matter what method you choose always remember to work with your vet to create a diet and exercise plan for your dog.