What Medications are Best for Canine Arthritis?

What Medications are Best for Canine Arthritis?

So what medications are best for arthritis? What is your vet going to turn to when you go in with your dog who's been sore for a period of time and they localize it to a joint or joints and they say, "Right, we believe that your dog's got arthritis."

What we tend to use are anti-inflammatories and the main family of drugs that we rely on is something called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Now there's a huge amount of scientific evidence to support how effective these medications are. And they work quickly and effectively. So please don't be scared about using them. In a previous episode, I mentioned that using an anti-inflammatory, doesn't necessarily mean it's for life. It's buying you a window of opportunity, to put other changes in place. But these anti-inflammatory drugs are really good at controlling the pain and the inflammation of that arthritis in that joint. And as I said, we have more evidence about them than any other drug.

For additional information about canine arthritis, check out Dr. Capon's work at Canine Arthritis Management.


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