4 Pain Medications For Dogs With Arthritis

Note: We have put together a more comprehensive, updated page for treating arthritis in dogs, including updated information about medications. You can find that information here: Arthritis Medication for Dogs

 
 

pain medications for dogsSeeing your dog in pain as he or she ages can be heartbreaking. When they are no longer able to play with their favorite toys or run around for an extended period of time, they may be suffering from a degenerative condition like arthritis. In order to help your dog live a fulfilling life during their senior years, you may need to administer medication or joint supplements to increase their comfort levels. What types of pain medications for dogs with arthritis are out there? There are several options and we have made it easier by outlining a short list of what you need to know.

 
 
 
 

1. Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Also known as NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are just anti-inflammatory agents and do not repair damaged cartilage. The pain relief from NSAIDs is almost immediate. Few types of NSAIDs have chondroprotective properties, meaning they protect against the breakdown of cartilage. Other NAIDs like aspirin, actually damage cartilage with the dosage required for pain relief. For this reason, aspirin is rarely used in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Over-the-counter NAIDs used for pain relief in people should not be given to dogs. Because of potential side effects, dogs who are prescribed NAIDs should have blood work taken to measure liver and kidney levels. NAIDs should not be mixed with steroids.

2. Steroids

Oral glucocorticoids (corticosteroids) are primarily used for their anti-inflammatory characteristics. High dosages may destroy cartilage, while low dosages appear to protect cartilage. Glucocorticoids are used in dogs who do not respond well to NAIDs. Long term therapy with glucocorticoids is usually reserved for dogs who suffer from immune-meditated arthritis. Steroids are regarded as harsh medications with many adverse effects. However, steroids can provide fast relief for many conditions and immune issues.

3. Chondroprotectants

These compounds appear to change the progress of osteoarthritis by preventing further breakdown of cartilage. Chondroprotectants are most effective when used early on in the course of osteoarthritis. Some of these drugs can be used a preventative in dogs that are at a higher risk of developing degenerative joint disease, such as those with hip dysplasia. Condroprotectants are safe to give to your dog along with NAIDs. The combination of the two can reduce inflammation and pain. There are even some prescription diets that include chondroprotectants in their formula.

4. Joint supplements

Joint supplements for dogs work in a similar way as they do for people. They have a unique formula of ingredients that address joint pain and arthritis from several angles. Their ingredients address inflammation, pain relief, cartilage repair, and tissue repair. Joint supplements can be used in combination with other over-the-counter pain relief if needed. Their main goal is to treat and address joint problems long term.

Giving your dog pain medication for arthritis or other conditions may be a great way to help reduce his or her pain levels and increase comfort. By educating yourself on the different types of medications available, you’ll be able to choose to the correct treatment plan for your dog. Arthritis and other aging conditions may affect your dog, but they don’t have to have a negative impact on his quality of life.

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  1. Is there a suitable pain relief rub for dogs with arthritis. Flo my 10yr.old adopted Staffy has cushions discease & an under active thyroid so is on medication of course . My vet prescribed Tramadol but she had bad side effects so I am very reluctant to try anymore pain relief tablets, she has 2 Yumove supplement a day . I wonder if you could give me any insight to help Flo . Thanking you in anticipation. Enid Cooper

    1. We don’t have a rub or lotion for dogs, only our Motion Lotion which is really for humans. The issue with Tramadol is that it is a prescription medication that has many known side effects. (You can read more here: https://flexpet.com/tramadol-for-dogs/) That’s one of the reasons why we created Flexpet – it’s all natural so there are no side effects or interactions with existing medications. It also actually helps the joints by reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and lubricating the joints instead of just masking the pain (like Tramadol).

      I can certainly understand the hesitancy – I’d be nervous after giving my dog Tramadol and seeing reactions too. I’m going to talk to our team a little further and see if there is any more information we can provide.

  2. There is a new pain med just out for pain in dogs that doesn’t hurt the liver, do you know anything about it

    1. That could be Flexpet, though we’ve been out for a while. It’s an all-natural supplement, so it doesn’t have the side effects common in drugs (like aspirin).

    1. Flexpet actually is an all-natural supplement that is designed to relieve arthritis pain in dogs (fun fact – it was originally made as an arthritis supplement for humans, but then people wanted to give it to their dogs, so we revised and made a special formula just for dogs). We actually have a lot of information for dealing with arthritis in dogs naturally here: https://flexpet.com/arthritis-medication-dogs/

    2. My eight year old Cavalier King Charles has a joint problem.She will sometimes yelp with pain when she moves suddenly. Is there any recommended medicine we can give her to elevate the pain.

  3. Is it safe to give my dog Rimadyl and flexpet at first? He is responding so well to the Rimadyl… I have seen him go from appearing to be dying to now chasing his toys again like little healthy pooches should. I know that flexpet is safer so eventually Id like to get him just to flexpet but I realize the website says that it is not going to work overnight. In fact it says that it could take a month to get it to work.

    1. Hi Rita. First, we always need to advise to consult a vet before starting any new diet, supplement, or medication. With that said, Flexpet is a natural supplement, and has no known negative effects with any medication. It would be similar to giving your pet a new vitamin while on Rimadyl. What most of our customers do, who also had a dog on Rimadyl, is to give Flexpet and Rimadyl in the beginning. Then, as time goes on, slowly wean the dog off Rimadyl and continue to the dose of Flexcin. Most customers start weaning off Rimadyl slowly after about the second week.

      Does that help?

  4. Hi

    My 3 year old doberman is on tramadol gambentin and Yu move for intermittent lameness and suspected neurological problems. The vet has designed a rest programme with the medication and if this doesn’t help then an MRI. They do not think it is an oestaphetic problem. I don’t like the fact he is on tramadol
    As it masks the problem and he is not the same dog. I want to try a natural way. How would I go about trying flexpet with his current medication and yu move?

    Thanks
    Sam

    1. Of course, you’ll want to consult your vet and follow their instructions. I can tell you that many pet owners that have switched from Tramadol to Flexpet have simply given their dog Flexpet with the Tramadol (Flexcin is all-natural, and will not interfere with existing medication), and slowly weaned their dog off of the Tramadol over the course of a few weeks.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

  5. My dog is on Apaquin and vet perscribed Tramadol too, he is in severe pain. Would it be better if took Flexpet?

    1. That’s a question for you and your vet to decide. However, we created Flexpet because we prefer a natural method of pain treatment as opposed to medication. Flexpet is also highly effective (and in the rare cases it isn’t, we do offer a money back guarantee). Finally, Flexpet will not interfere with existing medications, as it is all-natural.

      If you have any specific questions about the product, let us know and we will be happy to answer them for you.

  6. Hi there…we are desperate for some advice. Our 14 year old beagle who is 40 a bit overweight is in terrible pain. The doc prescribed Galliprant 30mg it’s expensive but it’s NOT working! I see so many great reviews and Im Heartbroken it’s not working. He has been on it for one month.
    Any advice appreciated

    1. Galliprant is used typically for conditions like osteoarthritis. It sounds like your dog may have joint pain, possible linked to age and weight issues. We highly recommend giving Flexpet a try. It should be cheaper than the Galliprant, comes with a full money back guarantee, and won’t interfere with any medications your dog may be currently taking. It’s all natural, and most pet owners find it highly effective. Of course, you should talk to your vet before making any diet, supplement, or medicinal change. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  7. My friend’s dog is down and can’t get up. I went through this with my golden retriever and had to put him down. She has arthritis in her feet. She is overweight… mixed breed. Part Neufie.. and lab? Ten years old. Is there any hope for her? She was prescribed Carprofen but it’s not working.

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