Best Arthritis Treatments for Dogs

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The best arthritis treatments for dogs are prevention-based, such as weight-loss, a healthy diet and joint supplements, but treatment can include paint relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines. Treat a dog who has arthritis, common in many larger breeds, with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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Let's talk about the best arthritis remedies in dogs. Now arthritis is a burden to lots and lots of animals especially as they get older and especially larger breeds. Breeds that spend most of their lives jumping and running and playing generally are going to get more arthritis as they get older and so prevention can be a key and there are lots of things you have to consider when talking about arthritis. The first one to think about with prevention is weight loss or keeping weight off of them. That's the key to prevention. But as far as remedies are concerned, what are things you can do? There are a lot of diets these days that have glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and fish oils in them, there are some specific like Hill's prescription, JD which stands for Joint Diet and that can be very beneficial to help these joints keep their joint fluid production at a good rate and keep the cartilage nice and healthy and so check with your veterinary clinic about that, there are a lot of diets that can help improve the joint mobility. Other remedies include using glucosamine chondroitin sulfate, joint supplements which you can also talk to your veterinary clinic about. These guys are given long term to help joint mobility, joint fluid production and that sort of thing. Also your clinic can talk to you and help you out if there is a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory that needs to be given. Now these are in saves, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories that need to be given by direction of your veterinary clinic. These help with pain and inflammation of joints and arthritic joints and can make the overall quality of life of your arthritic pet much, much better. So diet, keeping weight off, joint supplements and anti-inflammatories are kind of the keys but the biggest thing I want you to know is no over the counter medications, you need to check with your veterinary clinic first before you ever give anything over the counter because some things can be toxic to your pets.

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