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HELPING YOUR ARTHRITIC DOG

Many treatments are available for osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease, both palliative and homeopathic. Your dog does not need to suffer unnecessarily, and your veterinarian can help you control and treat this condition.

The first thing you should do is consult your veterinarian to pinpoint the arthritic area and determine what is causing the problem. For example, if an infection is causing the arthritis, it can be treated with antibiotics. If the problem is excess weight, your vet can prescribe a diet.

If there is no cure for your dog's arthritis, many treatments can still help him remain active. Your vet can prescribe painkillers. Aspirin can help with inflammation, but give it to your dog only if your vet recommends it, because it can cause gastric bleeding. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are not recommended for dogs.

Some natural remedies that may help your dog are cartilage supplements such as glycosaminoglycans and chondroitin sulfate. There are other natural treatments, which include the use of various herbs, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and physical therapy. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Regardless of what treatment you choose, continue to work with your veterinarian, because not all dogs respond to the same treatment.

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