Image for Article on Dog PainThis page is dedicated to pain relief therapies for dogs who need relief 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.

Over The Counter Meds for Acute (Temporary) Pain

Prescription Drugs for CHRONIC (Persistent) Pain

Aspirin such as Ascriptin or any COATED Aspirin can be used for mild pain relief at 10mg per pound twice daily for no more than 3-5 days is recommended by Dr. Jon Geller, DVM. He also recommends no more than 500mg. twice daily for a dog weighing 60lbs.

Keep in mind that if used long-term, even aspirin can cause digestive upset, stomach ulcers and cause internal bleeding.

Symptoms of internal bleeding would include a black stool and vomit that resembles coffee grounds. Should you see these symptoms, stop the aspirin IMMEDIATELY and take your dog to the vet!

NEVER give any type of ASPIRIN to CATS without speaking to a vet first.
NSAID's can work great for pain relief for awhile before having to up the dosage even more. They also come with some pretty heavy duty risks. Etogesic, Metacam, Deramaxx, Rimadyl, Previcox, Zubrin, Flunixin are the standard meds prescribed for dogs with Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease), Hip Dysplasia and Spinal Arthritis. While these drugs can quickly help, they also have SEVERE side effects. Blood tests MUST be done prior to and at 6 month intervals to check for kidney/liver damage.

*Although your dog might feel better, DON'T get too relaxed when your dog is on these medications.
Tylenol should only and I repeat ONLY be administered to dogs under the supervision of a veterinarian. It does not reduce inflammation and therefore would NEVER BE RECOMMENDED for any type of hip or joint pain in dogs.Tramadol is yet another analgesic that is used for treating moderate to moderately severe pain. My lab was on this for a couple of years after her surgery. Often used for arthritis/hip-dysplasia and considered safer by many vets than NSAID's. Inexpensive.
NEVER give IBUPROFEN! Should your dog get a hold of it accidentally, take him to the vet/emergency clinic IMMEDIATELY!Adequan aka "polysulfated glycosaminoglycan" is an injectionable substance and similar to Glucosamine. Often prescribed for Osteoarthritis. It lubricates the dog's joint and reduces inflammation naturally and reduces friction. It rebuilds cartilage in the damaged joint. My doberman was on this for Osteoarthritis for several months. It was a last ditch effort for us to help our girl and although it helped, I think it was a little to late when we tried it. It is expensive, but has very little side effects.

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 supplements and 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.

Please review the table below, since it contains helpful natural recommendations to help keep your dog pain free – for as long as possible. Consider acupuncture and Rain Drop Therapy as well. It provided a lot of relief for my doberman Jenna.

All Natural Dog Pain Medicine & Nutraceuticals for Arthritis & Hip-Dysplasia

More Alternatives For Dog Arthritis & Hip-Dysplasia

MaxxiFlex contains many of the individual ingredients that dog owners tend to look for in a pain supplement such as Glucosamine HCL, Chondroitin Sulfate (bovine source), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Fructooligosaccharides, Bio Active Whey, Devils Claw Extract, Phellodendron Tree Extract, Cetylated Fatty Acids, Phenylalanine, Bromelain, Calcium Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid).

It also contains some excellent inactive ingredients including turmeric which is known to help with pain.
Stem Cell Therapy. Yep, you're reading that right. Although expensive, this is a great option for a dog whose mind and spirit is still thriving and an owner who is willing to go the distance. This would have been a great option for my dobie "Gretchen" years ago - she was so healthy except for her severe hip pain.
Elk Velvet Antler is another excellent alternative for dogs with joint pain. It naturally contains Chondroitin, glusocamine, hyaluronic acid and collagen which are just four powerful elements found in the antlers of Elk.

Chondroitin, glusocamine, hyaluronic acid and collagen are just four powerful elements found in the antlers of Elk.
Hydrotherapy is a great alternative for dog pain relief in addition to other supplements. Check around your local area and see if anyone offers it. Holistic vets usually offer this.
HyaFlex is another great all natural product that works by maintaining & replenishing viscosity (fluid thickness) that pads the joints. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the best natural remedies available for dogs with any kind of hip or joint pain.Essentials Oils (aka Raindrop Therapy)and Acupuncture Therapy This therapy worked worked very, very well for my Doberman Jenna. Hot steaming towels combined with essential oils and it worked for her for 6 months at a time. She loved going to see her holistic vet to have this done. You can also learn how to massage your dog yourself and do this part at home.
Omega Three Fatty Acids in the form of fish oil are vital for your dog, no matter what other supplement you use. You should ALWAYS include fatty acids to your dog's diet on a regular basis. They are a must for your arthritic dog.

prescription pain treatment for pets

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, as well as avoiding these as well.

Why You Should Take Control of Your Dog’s Pain and Not Rely Solely on Veterinarian’s

Don’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.

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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