PetMeds® Managing Dog Arthritis Pain

Inflammation in the joints can cause  swelling and painful movement Arthritis means inflammation of the joints and such inflammation can have many potential causes from genetic anatomic defects such as hip dysplasia, infectious diseases such as tick-borne Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, to various lupus-like immune caused inflammation of the joints. Any of these potential causes can result in varying degrees of swelling, heat and painful stiff movement of affected joints.

What’s interesting to note is that many of these conditions can shift from one joint to another. Various ligament or tendon instabilities of certain joints such as patella luxations and cruciate ligament rupture can result in arthritis long term if not treated appropriately.  Differentiating these various conditions usually involves a veterinary workup and exam as well as possibly x rays, blood testing or obtaining samples of joint fluid of affected joints.  Depending upon the severity and cause of the arthritis will dictate treatment from surgical correction, to the use of antibiotics such as Doxycycline, as well as prescription anti inflammatory pet medications such as Previcox or Rimadyl, or cortisone.  Supplements can often be helpful here as well, including Super Joint Enhancer, omega 3 fatty acids and the antioxidant Proanthozone. While jumping off beds and sofas can potentially worsen the condition, 1800petmeds has wonderful accessories such as pet steps and ramps which can help painful arthritic pets.

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  1. Arthritis is not very detectable especially on dogs since they don’t show you that they are already suffering. That is why there are information like these to inform dog owners or any pet owners that dogs can get arthritis, too just like humans. Great post here.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for your kind comments. Please spread word about our great service and blog here.

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  5. are there any exercises that will help my bloodhound with her arthritis thats in her back legs?is walking ok?

  6. This article was very informative. I will take it to my vet for application in reference to my own dog’s individual needs. Chance is a 85lb Lab/Pyranese mix and loves chasing sguirrels. He’s 7 yrs old and has been also diagnosed with arthritis in this joint. Six months ago he seperated the dog version of his ACL and had surgery to repair it. Until now he’s had a great recovery. But last week he began limping and favoring the same hind leg. The surgery is till intact so we’re looking at pain from the arthritis getting worse. Your advise gave me a lot of important information. Thank you ~

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    You are very welcome. Also try dog gone pain which you can find on line

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  9. My 8 month old Husky/Lab X puppy was just diagnosed with Juvenile Unique Poly-arthritis Syndrome. Needless to say, I am quite unhappy about it. Because each joint tested (all except left front paw) was different from the other joint (all of them with different levels of different “cytes”, the only course of action that seemed to make sense was Prednisone. She started November 7 and we go for 14 days and reduce the dosage by half for the next weeks to 6 months. We have definitely noticed a change, both good and bad. Up 4 times a night to go pee and less pain and grouchiness. No reason for this, it just is. I’m worried about the medication and her lifespan but know there is not a lot of choice.

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    There are other options including homeopathy which may help when used long term. To learn more about homeopathy see as well as my website Many homeopathic vets like myself do offer phone consultations.

  11. My 13 yr-old West Mix has been through a gammit of medications this last year. Her arthritis has progressed from herbal/natural suppliments to include Novax and Gabapentin. She continues with alphalfa, Omega 3 Fish Oil, benedryl, Proin, and thyrozine. My concern is that she continues to chew on her front arms for reasons that I believe are due to numbness and tingling. Although the vet has been very tenative in checking for neurological issues, and despite allergy medications, the chewing continues and is now causing an occassional limp despite her stoic personality. Do you have any suggestions on how to relieve her chewing/pain without costly exams?

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Maybe ask vet about prescription low dose amitryptylline which is used in people for pain, as well as antianxiety. Also consider yucca intensive from 1800petmeds, as well as dog gone pain which you can find on line

  13. I just reread the article you wrote about helping our furry friends tolerate arthrtis pain. I wanted to catch you up on “Chance’s”results after using the supplements or a while. We give him SUPER JOINT ENHANCER and OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS. He got his ol’ “spark” back. He healed nicely from his ACL surgery too. Unfortunately, he regained a bit too much “spark” for his own good! A month ago he tore the ACL on his good leg chasing his favorite varment…squirrels. He is just now home from that surgery and facing the same recovery time. But our vet says to continue the supplements as they seemed to have helped keep the degenerative aspects of arthritis from progressing in this knee. It hadn’t changed much from the time of his last was still smooth and non-pitted. Whereas knee #1 had not had the supplements and looked like swiss cheese! I agree that it’s so hard for us to gage our companion’s pain. But because I also suffer from osteo arthritis from head to toe, I know how he must feel. I look to my wisened friend and admire his strength and loyalty to stay by my side no matter what he’s feeling. And I’m grateful for these supplements that continue to help make his life a bit easier. And again, thank you for your advise/info columns.

  14. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    You are very welcome.

  15. I wanted to ask the vet a question if that’s okay, I have a 14 yr. old Pomeranian, who has diabetes and lots of hair loss and itching due to dry skin and folliculitis. I do bathe her about once a week with a medicated shampoo followed by a “conditioner” for her dry skin. It seems to be helping, but I was also wondering if y’all had some type of ointment or pad that also contained chlorhexidine and/or analgesic that I could apply to her skin between baths? Should I bathe her more than once a week? She’s always had dry skin & allergies, but it’s gotten worse now that she’s so much older, etc. We also live in Austin, Texas, where the summer temperatures are brutal! She’s definitely always been a house dog, but has to go outside every ow and then for walks and/or using the bathroom. Should i apply sunscreen on her bald spots? I just want her to be as comfortable as she can be in her old age as she’s literally been by my side for 14 & 1/4 yrs!! She’s still extremely playful and she has a HUGE personality! You can really tell when she’s not around (at the vet’s or when I’m traveling) & I’m going to miss her terribly when she passes away!!! I just bought her an orthopedic bed with the memory foam that I’m sure she will love!!! Anyway, I’d appreciate any feedback and/or answers to my queries! Her name is “Dot”; My daughter named her that because she’s all black, except for a small white dot on her chest! It does fit her perfectly, too. Melissa K.

  16. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I would need to examine her to recommend a specific topical. The chlorhexidine shampoos and products are fine and safe. I would bathe twice weekly. Make sure you lather up shampoo on her for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Also consider supplements like oncosupport from 1800petmeds, as well as I would recommend a great immune booster called transfer factor. To learn more about transfer factor, go to To order transfer factor email elise at

  17. I was wondering if SUPER JOINT ENHANCER would be good for my 17 year old corgi mix (retireiver/collie) as he has had a sludgy liver and pancreatitis in the past? Is Chondroitin hard on the liver or pancreas? He weighs 32lbs so I”m wondering if one tablet and one omega would help? Gabapentin has helped but I don’t use it all the time….he seems a bit disoriented when we do? Thanks very much.

  18. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I dont think super joint enhancer will be a problem. I would also consider nordic naturals pet omega 3 fatty acid from 1800petmeds, as well as antioxidant proanthozone.

  19. My 13-yr-old Pomeranian has had arthritis issues for 2 years, now complicated by pancreatitis for 1 year. She was initially on Metacam (for joint pain) and Glucosamine/chondroitin. We had to take her off Metacam due to vomiting, then put her back on 1/2 the dose. Unfortunately, she is vomiting again. What can you suggest for the pain in her spine and back hips that would not cause side-effects. She also takes Famotidine before meals which we think is helping the nausea….when she is not taking Metacam.

  20. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    You could try yucca intensive from 1800petmeds as well as dog gone pain which you can find on line. Also consider antioxidant proanthozone from 1800petmeds.

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