PetMeds® Winter Arthritis Pain in Dogs and Cats

Cold temperatures can increase your pet's pain associated with arthritis The arrival of winter will often exacerbate a person’s joint and back aches, especially cold, damp weather, and we often see pets with a susceptibility to back or joint issues often exhibit symptoms in the winter months. This can include varying degrees of limping, stiffness, weakness, and pain.  Many pets will often be reluctant to jump up or go up or down stairs, or go outside in the cold weather.

Certainly if any of these symptoms are present as the cold weather approaches, a full veterinary exam and assessment should be done for proper diagnosis and treatment.  There are some wonderful nutritional supplements that can be used by animal guardians preventatively or when these symptoms are present in their pet. Various glucosamine/MSM products can be tried including Super Joint Enhancer from 1800petmeds and the various GlycoFlex products.  Antioxidants such as Proanthozone can help decrease inflammation of affected joints and tissues, by decreasing what are known as free radical formation, which are believed to be involved with many of the symptoms.

I also recommend fatty acid supplementation, such as Omega-3 for many of these pets.   However, if your pet has pre-existing medical conditions and/or is on other medications for arthritis pain, an animal guardian should check with their veterinarian before starting any supplementation. In addition, using an orthopedic bed or a heated dog bed, can help to keep your pet warm, and can also relieve stress on the joints.

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  1. If only I could get the meds that i ordered 2 months ago from 1800-Pet-Meds, my dog might of not developed hook worms. The pharmacy has ZERO customer service and 1800-Pet-Meds customer service is sub par at BEST. I even have copies of the prescription bc they made me mail the original and they still will not fill my order.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I am sorryto hear of your problems with the pharmacy. Please contact the head pharmacist and I am sure he will explain.

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  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I would work with a holistic vet in your area on raising health to help with cancer. Also consider the great supplement oncosupport now available from 1800petmeds, as well as transfer factor from http://www.tfpets.com

  7. My 10 yrs old Chihuahua was diagnosed with menicus problem, left rear leg. She has been given two shot of metacam and put on Rimadyl for 7 days on each occasion. She’s finishing the 2nd batch, however she continues to limp, struggles to get up and when she attempts to run or stand on her two hinds she falls back on both legs, this happens even when she is walking. I’m really concerned and wonder if this medication is all she needs and for how long? or if there is another course of treatment. I have her on Supper Join Enhancer Soft Chews and Be Well. Please Dr. Dym let me have your thoughts. Thank you.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Ani…. Sounds like a good approach. Sometimes surgery is needed. I would try adding a type of therapy called Gemmotherapy to your regimen. My colleague and friend Stephen Blake, DVM, has written extensively on their use in helping healing. The ones I would use here are Mountain Pine, Wild Wood vine, and Common Birch…. You can get these from on line or a holistic vet. To learn more about homeopathy to go http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations.

  9. Question: I have a 13 year old Wheaton Terrier who has had Lyme disease and now has arthritis. I have been giving her 500/200mg of Glucosamine Chondrointin and 5 drops of Yucca (in her dinner) for over a month with no visible improvement. I have tried Metacam, again with no remarkable results. I also give her Omega 3 Fatty Acids between 935-1200 mg/day in her dinner. I recently switched to Super Joint Enhancer chews 2/day and was away for 2 weeks. My husband continued the protocol (although he may not have been consistent with the Super chews) and she seems to be getting weaker and weaker. She cries when we go to pick her up sometimes, and is having a harder time getting up and down, climbing stairs, etc. Once she is up, if I can get her going, she seems to be more mobile and can go for a walk, although not for an hour like we used to. What can I do to improve her mobility and decrease pain? Should I try Rimadyl now? Or up the Yucca? I want her to love her walks again and have more quality of life!

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    HI Clare. Rimadyl can be worth a try instead of metacam, as well as adjusting dose of Yucca up. May be worth while to consult a holistic vet like myself on long term, individualized supplement protocol, etc. Proanthozone is also an excellent antioxidant from 1800petmeds. To learn more about homeopathy and holistic medicine see the booklet on the website http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com Many holistic vets do offer phone consultations.

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