I’ve dedicated this page to pain relief therapies for dogs who need help due to Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Hip-Dysplasia.

Choose Your Dog’s Pain Meds Very Carefully

My goal was to provide the different options of pain medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) and of course natural therapies for arthritis and joint pain in dogs.

The following chart is meant to open your eyes as to what’s available and what’s safe, as far as prescription and over the counter.

Many dog owners choose to rely on products steroids such as Rimadyl, Etogesic or others for their dog’s pain relief.  But, these products are not only very expensive, but NSAID’s are VERY dangerous.

Your dog must be monitored very closely when on these drugs, due to liver failure which can happen quickly.

Start Naturally FIRST…

I recommend that you first try one or both of the all natural alternatives that can be used safely and indefinitely for your dog. These products have come a long way over the years and are starting to replace the need for dangerous prescription drugs.

There are many things that you can do to help ease your dog’s pain and the best place to start is with a natural treatment program combined with regular exercise and an orthopedic bed made for dogs which can help to take pressure off of already sore and painful joints.

I can’t overstate the importance of nutrition and supplements. If you’re dog has been eating garbage food for years, has been unknowingly and unintentionally poisoned by chemical and spot flea treatments, plus routinely vaccinated — DIET and SUPPLEMENTS ARE CRITICAL to rejuvenating your dog.

prescription pain treatment for petsDon’t put your dog’s overall health in the hands of his or her veterinarian — take control of how your dog feels from the inside out. Commit to providing the necessary changes with regards to nutrition, supplements, exercise and of course, love.  Then, witness how much better your old friend feels.

Unfortunately, prescription drug companies play a large part in the different drugs that veterinarians push and it’s not always what’s best for our family pets.  Our dogs are a integral part of the family and providing comfort for them is just as important as any other family member.

Working with dogs for over thirty years, I’ve used a lot of different products including over the counter, prescription and natural remedies and I can honestly tell you that I always start naturally FIRST!

Please review both tables below, because they contain valuable information to help keep your dog pain free – for as long as possible. Consider acupuncture as well. It provided a lot of relief for my doberman.

Don’t Exclude Exercise

Many dog owners tend to think that they shouldn’t exercise their dog when the dog is suffering with joint issues such as arthritis, hip pain, etc.  But, this is not true.  You SHOULD provide exercise in small doses.  Take your dog for several short walks vs one long one.

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  • tony balestra

    thanks mare .the asprin helped alot. this morning buster chewed off his bandage and there was no signs of blood it looked realy good and he was licking it.he still walked on it gingerly so i gave him a asprin tonight .how should i treat this. again thank you for your help we are going to order flex pet. ps buster is the closest thing to me as a son.

    • admin

      Hi Tony:
      You are so very welcome, I’m glad that I could help. Buster sounds like a lucky boy to have you as a papa! I would try and keep the nail and toe bandage for as long as he will allow you (5 days or so) just to give it that added support. I would also keep giving him aspirin for no longer than 3 days. The bandage will give him the support he needs on the toe. I don’t know if you’ve ever cut your toe nail down to far – it hurts, but you can get along a little better if you place a band aid around it. The same goes for Buster. I really think the Flex Pet will help Tony and I would love to know if it does once your get him on it. Stories like yours help me to help others who are in the same boat. Let me know if you need anything o.k. 😮


  • Debbie Caudle

    Thank you!

    • janie knetzer

      My pleasure Debbie!


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