Pet Medications to Help Your Pet’s Joint Problems

Joint problems are very common in dogs and cats. There can be a wide variety of causes from genetic malformations, traumatic injuries, infectious causes, to degenerative and immune mediated joint diseases. Veterinarians often manage joint problems in pets through a combination of prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx or Previcox, as well as other types of pain medications such as prescription Tramadol.  NSAIDs are commonly prescribed by veterinarians to help pets with joint problems including arthritis

There are many other additional supplements you can add to help lessen symptoms and pain associated with joint disease in our pets. Omega 3 fatty acid supplements such as Be Well, Missing Link or Nordic Naturals can reduce inflammation and help restore joint function long term.  Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer and the Glyco-Flex products can also help lubricate and restore joint function. Natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories such as Proanthozone and Yucca Intensive can also help reduce pain and inflammation. In addition, holistic treatment options such as homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture can also help painful arthritic pets.

Have you found a joint product to be especially helpful for your dog or cat? If you haven’t tried joint supplements on your pet, is it something you would consider using?

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  1. Greetings from New Zealand

    There are many supplements that are available for these dog conditions.

    I would recommend you try a New Zealand natural supplement, NZ Velvet Agility Advance formula.

    This product is made from New Zealand Deer Velvet which is naturally rich in all vital components and nutrients, including glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, collagens and more. In fact, deer antler velvet is the only quality renewable source of glucosamine know in the world today.

    You may have never heard of Deer Velvet, if not maybe you would like to read this book on Deer Velvet available FREE at: http://www.velvetantlerebook.info

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm · Reply

      Thanks for sharing. A few years ago I did use deer velvet in practice when product was being introduced into this country. I did find that some animals responded very well, while others not as much. Still a great product worth trying.

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  3. Do you handle \free form\? It’s a skincare and joint supplement.

    Doris Gorgas

  4. my 12 yr. old maine coon seems to be having pain in her hips, can I give her small amounts of baby asperin?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Reply

      I would not use any doses of baby aspirin in your cat unless your vet instructs on this. I usually use supplements like glycoflex II for cats, which you can get from 1800petmeds, as well as antioxidant proanthozone, and another favorite of mine Dev Cor mobility for cats which you can learn more about on line. I would use all 3 of these for best results.

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  6. Why has the health care of our pets gone through the roof? Expensive supplements, doctors visits, medications. I love my dogs but I don’t know that I will be able to replace them. Not by choice simply due to rising cost of health care. Yes I have a dog with special needs, but in general the cost are out of this world.

    • I’ve got a dog that suffers from chronic ear infections, arthritis, and some ridiculous allergies. Each ear infection costs me around $400, and his arthritis costs are climbing. I’ve got an insurance plan on him through PetFirst, but there’s a lot of companies out there. I pay $45/month, and 80% of my costs are reimbursed. There’s a few different plans, and you still have to pony up the cash up front, but it helps a lot and gives me the peace of mind that I can still take him to the vet when I need to.

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