4 Meds That Wipe Out Dog Arthritis Pain

Geriatric dog with arthritis

A Few Facts About Dog Arthritis

Did you know dog arthritis:

  • Is #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs
  • Affects 20% of dogs over 1 year of age
  • Affects both quality and length of life
  • Is in the “Top 10” veterinary diagnoses for dogs over 7 years old

In addition, at least 31% of dog owners say bone and joint problems are an issue for their pet

Arthritis pain not only affects people, but it also takes an unbelievable often unrecognized toll on our beloved furry friends as well.“Arthritis is the #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs.”
-Clinician’s Brief April 2005

For example,  Fido is an 11-year-old Bulldog I recently examined.

Just last year, Fido would “romp, play and jump just like a puppy.” Now, Fido “limps, lays around, and acts like an old man.

Fido’s life has changed! Not for the better, but worse!

And, just because Fido doesn’t complain about his situation doesn’t mean he feels no pain. Remember, dogs can’t talk!

But, dogs can tell you a lot about how they feel through the way they act.

Some signs of arthritis pain in dogs include:

  • Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or play
  • Difficulty in rising from rest
  • Lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Yelping or whimpering
  • Personality changes, withdrawal
  • Soreness when touched
  • Lagging behind on walks
  • Decreased mobility
  • Aggressive behavior

If your dog is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, a trip to your veterinarian might be a good idea. Your vet can manually manipulate your dog’s joints to determine the severity of his situation.

Fortunately, there are some very effective medications available to make your dog feel better.

4 Meds That Wipe Out Dog Arthritis Pain

The following four medications wipe out arthritis pain and make Fido feel more like the romping, playful, jumping pup he used to be.

Arthritis Medication
#1: Previcox

Previcox (firocoxib) is non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug veterinarians use to control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. It is available in a once-daily dosage that provides relief for 24 hours.

Previcox should not be given to dogs with firocoxib sensitivity and cannot be accurately dosed in dogs under seven pounds.

In addition, Previcox should not be given to dogs that are dehydrated, on diuretic therapy, or with existing renal, cardiovascular, and or hepatic dysfunction. Adverse reactions include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, anorexia, pain, lethargy, somnolence, and hyperactivity.

Arthritis Medication 

#2: Rimadyl

Rimadyl (carprofen) is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug veterinarians use to treat pain and inflammation from the osteoarthritis in dogs. It is also used to control post-surgery pain in dogs. It is given for arthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and joint deterioration.

Novox should not be given to dogs with carprofen sensitivity. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, increased urination, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.

Arthritis Medication 

#3 Novox

Novox (carprofen) is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug veterinarians use to treat pain and inflammation from the osteoarthritis in dogs. Vets also use it to control post-surgery pain in dogs. Vets use Novox for arthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and joint deterioration.

Novox should not be given to dogs with carprofen sensitivity. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, increased urination, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.

Arthritis Medication

#4 Deramaxx

Deramaxx (deracoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the coxib class that received FDA approval in August 2002 for dogs weighing four pounds or more. This product eases the discomfort and pain associated with arthritis and joint disease. Deramaxx will improve your dog’s quality of life and help him maintain his regular activity level.

I avoid Deramaxx or administered it with extreme caution in dogs with gastrointestinal ulcers, hepatic disorders, dehydration, renal disease, or cardiac disease. And, never give Deramaxx to dogs with a deracoxib sensitivity.

More Powerful Tools for Overcoming Dog Arthritis Challenges 

There are many quick and easy changes you can make at home to help you give your dog an edge on easing dog arthritis pain. 

  • Provide joint support. PET | TAO’s Harmonize Joint is a blend of Eastern herbs and Western supplements working together to lubricate and restore your dog’s joints. 
  • Try Freeze-Dried Kidney Treats. According to TCVM, the Kidney controls the bones and joints and supports arthritic challenges in a “like treats like” manner. 
  • Learn more about TCVM Herbal Remedies. Chinese medicine offers many amazing natural solutions for dog arthritis. Some good examples are:  

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