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Joint Medicine for Dogs
- Do not give human joint medications to a dog, as they will be far too strong. Do not give ibuprofen to a dog as this will get him very sick.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- Some NSAIDS can work well with a dog to reduce pain and inflammation. These include aspirin, but not ibuprofen.
- These are steroids that also help with inflammation and any underlying infection. These are used for immune related arthritis and osteoarthritis in a dog.
- These help ease pain and protect the cartilage. These include Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin. These can be purchased over-the-counter.
- Besides changes in diet and adding chondroprotectant nutritional supplements, acupuncture is the only other effective alternative remedy for a dog.