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Your Guide to Dog Arthritis Medicine

How You Can Keep Your Pooch’s Joints in Prime Condition

By Sam Bourne. October 14, 2013 | See Comments

Your Guide to Dog Arthritis Medicine

Finding the right dog arthritis medicine can be a real undertaking -- discovering the medication that your achy pup responds to can take some trial and error. It may be a bit overwhelming looking at the seemingly endless list of different medications, but it is something that needs to be done for the well being of your dog. This guide can help make the subject more digestible.

Arthritis stinks. After years of using your joints, all of a sudden they turn on you, seizing up at the most inopportune moments. What’s more, this deteriorating condition can strike your dog as well, taking your lively pup and reducing them to a geriatric mass of fur. Nothing hurts like watching your dog struggle to do even the most rudimentary things (i.e., walking down stairs, getting off the sofa). When you notice that your pooch is starting to slow down, it is a good idea to take them over to the vet to see if they can help put some spring back in their step.

If it is arthritis that is holding your dog back, there are more than a few types of arthritis medication for dogs, ranging from homeopathic remedies to some serious anti inflammatory steroids. Depending on your dog’s situation, your vet might suggest that you try...

Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Aspirin

  • A mild NSAID
  • Treats minor pain and inflammation
  • Helps keep the blood from clotting

Aleve

  • A mild NSAID
  • Treats minor pain, inflammation, and fevers

Deramaxx

Etodolac

  • Helps manage pain and inflammation
  • Reduces fevers and joint stiffness

Meloxicam

  • Helps manage pain and inflammation
  • Effective against fevers
  • Also used for postoperative pain

Metacam

  • Helps relieve pain and inflammation
  • Honey flavored oral suspension is easy to take

Rimadyl

  • Most popular arthritic treatment type drug
  • Helps reduce inflammation and pain
  • Improves joint movement within a few days of starting treatment

Piroxicam

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Prescribed to pets with joint pain, minor aches, or fevers
  • Also useful against certain types of cancer

Celebrex

  • Powerful NSAID
  • Decreases swelling and increases circulation
  • Helps manage chronic pain

Other Types of Arthritis Medication

Prednisolone

  • Corticosteroid
  • Helps to reduce inflammation
  • Treats allergy symptoms, lupus, asthma, and more

Methylprednisolone

  • Anti-inflammatory steroid
  • Helps treat inflammation, lupus, allergies, asthma, colitis, and some kidney disease
  • Reduces swelling and decreases the immune response

Dexamethasone

  • Corticosteroid
  • Reduces swelling, irritation, redness, burning, and inflammation

Azathioprine

  • Primarily used to treat diseases by suppressing immunities
  • Treats inflammatory bowel disease
  • Typically given for the long term

Prednisone

  • Glucocorticoid
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Treats allergies, bronchial and lung disease, eczema, dermatitis, inflammation in the eyes, ulcerative colitis, and arthritis

Adequan Canine

  • Injection given intramuscularly to help treat arthritis symptoms
  • Helps maintain cartilage density, keeping joints healthy
  • Taken once every three days

Amantadine

  • Antiviral agent and pain reliever combo
  • Treats influenza, arthritis, and neuropathic pain
  • Available as a tablet or an oral solution
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