Q. What can I give my 7 year old lab for arthritis pain her leg gets stiff after when she gets up and she will limp on it

A. Thank you for your question. There are several over-the-counter arthritis supplements for joint pain in dogs. Most of them will have glucosamine and chondroitin. This will help repair the joint cartilage but does not specifically help with the immediate pain. Look for a supplement that also has MSM or other natural remedies for pain. Your Vet can also prescribe a pain killer. If your dog is overweight, this can put added stress on the joints and make it harder to get up. Talk to your Vet about a healthy weight loss program or diet.

If you have more questions about how to treat arthritis naturally, I'd be happy to do a consultation with you. My dog Norman had severe arthritis and liver disease. I was able to keep his pain managed with diet and supplements instead of (NAISD) pain killers that are harmful to the liver.

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A. I would recommend adding a glucosamine supplement to her diet. You can find these available at pet stores, in pills, liquids and powders. They are easy to use and most dogs will eat with their food every day. Start at half the recommended dose and increase over the course of a week to the full dose. Your vet will be able to assist you in finding an appropriate short term and long term management plan for pain.

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