Arthritis Meds For Dogs

Arthritis Meds for Dogs – What You Need to Know!

What Can I Give My Dog for Arthritis?

Unfortunately, arthritis is very common in dogs. Approximately 1 out of every 5 dogs suffers from Osteoarthritis (OA), which is a type of degenerative joint disease, at some point in their life.  This leaves a significant amount of pet owners asking “What can I give my dog for arthritis?”  There are generally two types of assistance for dogs with arthritis (three if you include external supports like braces for dogs) – supplements and medications.

Arthritis Medication for Dogs

Arthritis medication would typically refer to products that are prescribed by a vet such as Tramadol and Prednisone, though some products like aspirin would fall into this category as well (For extensive information on Aspirin for dogs, including dosage and concerns, please see Aspirin for Dogs – Is it Safe?).

Unfortunately, the way that medications for pain typically work is that they basically cover up pain and symptoms as opposed to treating the root of the problem.  For example, Ibuprofen works by “blocking the production of prostaglandins, substances that the body releases in response to illness and injury.  Prostaglandins cause pain and swelling, or inflammation” (source). In other words, they block natural reactions to stop you from feeling pain. They also are typically only about 20% effective in dealing with pain.

We asked Dr. David Randall, one of Florida’s top vets located in Naples, Florida, for more info on medications to treat pain in dogs.  Here was his detailed response:

So to recap Doctor Randall:

  • Never give your dog ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Baby/Cardiac aspirin works for some, but can could still cause problems
  • Previcox is okay to use for a few days (short term). Not for a week or more.
  • Deramaxx has some side effects and needs a blood test to make sure your dog’s liver can handle it, but can be used in some cases
  • Flexpet is a good solution for long term pain relief

Natural Remedies for Arthritis in Dogs

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Many people are looking for natural remedies for arthritis more and more. Not only do medications often have harmful side effects, but people just don’t like giving foreign substances to their best friends. We get it. There are a handful of natural remedies that can be used to help an arthritic dog. These typically include all-natural supplements (different than medication, as elaborated on below), dietary changes, and aids such as braces. All of these promote a more natural, holistic approach to helping reduce joint pain, and can be highly effective in helping relieve the symptoms of arthritis

Dog Arthritis Supplements

The biggest difference with supplements compared to medication is that they are typically all-natural.  The FDA views them like food and are looked at as products being taken to supplement the diet.  Typically, this means that there are no side effects and that there are no interactions with existing medications.  Supplements cannot legally make claims to treat or cure specific diseases.  However, they do help the body and are most often used by individuals/pets to provide additional assistance while suffering from specific conditions.  For example, our product, Flexpet, is not an arthritis medication (learn more about Flexpet here.). However, it does work to lubricate the joints, provide pain relief, and reduce inflammation naturally.  As such, many of our customers who have arthritic dogs have reported that after using Flexpet, their dog seems to have had a significant reduction in pain and moved around much more.  (See the clip below from Paws in Motion where a kennel manager talks about his experience with Flexpet)

Home Remedies for Arthritis in Dogs and Over the Counter Help

Over the Counter Help for Arthritis

There are both medications and supplements that are available over the counter to help your dog with arthritis.  While Aspirin is over the counter, and can be effective as a very temporary measure, we do not recommend it for arthritis because of the long-term effects and the significant danger it can include (please see Aspirin for Dogs – Is it Safe?).  As far as an all-natural supplement, Flexpet is highly recommended because it is all-natural, available over the counter, does not interfere with existing medications, and contains ingredients such as CM8 (more info on CM8 here) that are not found in any other product.

Dietary Help for Arthritis

There are also specific foods that we recommend avoiding in order to reduce arthritis pain in your pet.  We have more detail on foods to avoid if your dog has arthritis here, but to sum up, they are:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fatty Proteins
  • Fats
  • Oil

These foods are best to avoid if your dog has arthritis because they can increase inflammation.  Also note the size of your dog.  Bigger dogs, and especially overweight dogs, are putting a lot more stress on the joints than others, which will cause them to be much sorer.  So try to make sure you dog is getting the proper nutritional intake to maintain a healthy weight.

Dog Braces – Additional Support for Arthritis

Some dog owners find braces very helpful for their arthritic dogs.  Typically, these braces apply to different parts of the dogs legs, depending on where the most pain is.  At Flexpet, we do not sell or promote any specific braces for dogs, and recommend that you talk to your vet to find the best fit for you if you are interested in finding a dog brace.  Typically dog braces fit the following categories:

  • Knee Brace – This is commonly used to treat CCL injuries as well (the CCL is the equivalent to an ACL in humans), and wraps around the knee, also utilizing a harness for stability
  • Hip Brace – This is also commonly used for hip dysplasia and wraps around the hop and lower pack for additional support
  • Wraps – these are technically braces, but function almost like a wrap around the hock or “wrist” area to give extra stability and to help prevent hyperextension.

Let Us Help

At Flexpet, we’re dog owners and dog lovers too. If your dog has arthritis, let us help. We invite you to try Flexpet absolutely risk free. That means if you don’t feel like Flexpet has helped your dog, simply return the empty bottles and we will give you a complete refund of the purchase price. That applies whether you buy one bottle to test out the product, or buy a three pack to save some extra money. We fully stand behind our product, and want to help you.

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The Flexpet Guarantee

We promise our supplements will provide your dog with optimal joint health – at no risk. Your Dog truly has nothing to lose but their joint aches and pains! Try a 90 day supply of Flexpet, with no financial risk to you. If you’re not satisfied with the results you experience simply return your first order (up to three empty bottles) for a full refund of the purchase price, less shipping and handling.

How Flexpet Helps

The unique combination of ingredients in Flexpet is what causes it to be a leader in joint supplements for pets.  It is also the only supplement on the market to contain Cetyl-Myristoleate  (CM8 for short), which is clinically proven to help relieve joint pain.

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The unique combination of ingredients in Flexpet is what causes it to be a leader in joint supplements for pets.  It is also the only supplement on the market to contain Cetyl-Myristoleate  (CM8 for short), which is clinically proven to help relieve joint pain.

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Comments 8

  1. I love my dog very much and it breaks my heart every time I see him trying to get up he hurts so bad you can tell he doesn’t run he can’t jump on my bed or in my car anymore he’s not even five years old yet I need something that will help him live a long life without all the pain

    1. So sorry to hear, Joyce! That’s actually exactly why we developed Flexpet (originally for people as “Flexcin” but so many people had hurting dogs and wanted to give that product to them, that we developed an additional formula just to help pets – and that’s Flexpet). Hope it helps!

  2. I have a 7.5 year old male Rottweiler, he walks and runs just fine. When he is laying down, he struggles to get up. Once he is up he is fine. I’m worried that he might be getting arthritis. Currently I ha e him on Cosequine Ds max strength. He has been on this for 3 years now. It seems as if it had run its course and not as affective as it once was. Is their any side effects tonyour flex pet? Would you recommend this product for my friend Mj? I would love to see him get up as he used to, with no problems. Thanks for your time, Crystal.

    1. Hi Crystal. We do have a lot of customers that have opted for Flexpet over Cosequine. If the pain is related to arthritis, then yes, Flexpet would be a great fit. There are no known side effects, and it does not interact with medication, so you should be safe to go. Of course, you should always consult with your vet before starting any supplement or medication.

      Often what new customers will do is start their pet on Flexpet while on Cosequin, and slowly lower the dosage of Cosequin over time. You’ll also want to give Flexpet a good month to kick in and evaluate effectiveness. Usually results are seen in 1-2 weeks, but if you don’t see effects right away, there are cases where it does take a little longer. And, if it ultimately doesn’t work, we’ll refund the purchase price up to three bottles, so we figure you might as well try the full month anyway since it won’t cost you any extra if it doesn’t work.

      Hope that helps! If you need more info, our customer care team is always happy to help at customercare@flexcin.com

    1. It does depend on what is at the root of the pain. If it’s a condition like arthritis, then yes, the pain would come back. It would be just like if a person with arthritis was taking medication (whether it be ibuprofen or a prescription medication), feeling better, then stopped taking the medication. The condition would still be there and pain would still occur as a result.

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