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Old 11-29-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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Hello from Houston. We have four dogs here on the property. Two inside and two outside. We love them all. I joined here because I have some concerns about our oldest who appears to have developed some arthritis. Her name is Amber and she appears to be a collie mix of some kind. She was found next door, stuck in the mud, of a then abandoned house. She is highly intelligent and well mannered. She is one of the outside dogs

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Izzy, a yorkie just a couple of months old and he is the other inside dog
Blue, I dont have a clue what he is. For sure a mutt, he lives outside
Rebba, appears to be a chocolate lab, pit bull mix, she lives outside

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to df mj! Lots of nice people here. I think it would be hard to manage arthritis on an outdoor dog. Maybe some other members will have ideas for out door doggies.
I think medicine could help the pain but I am not sure either.
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mjdtexan, welcome to the Forum! We'd love to see some pictures of your pups! I have to agree with techie. Is your older dog able to come inside at all? Have you had Amber checked by a vet? Again, welcome!

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I see where I was not clear in my original post. Amber is one of the inside dogs. My intention was to come here and find out if ibuprofen was acceptable but I have read that is is a bad idea to give dogs ibuprofen. Any of yall using baby asprin.

I will work on getting some pictures up.

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Welcome mjdtexan, great to have you join us :-) Older dogs with arthritis are often helped with supplements such as glucosamine and fish oil and often a vet-prescribed nsaid or adequan injections. Have you asked your vet about any of these possibilities?
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I used to give my old akita/german shepherd aspirin for her arthritis. Just the cheap generic stuff, she got 1 325mg regular strength tablet twice a day (every 12 hours), hidden in cheese or a hot dog. This was on the recommendation of my vet. I asked her about Rimadyl (pain med for dogs) and she said it wasn't really necessary and that plain ole aspirin would be more cost effective long term. Do not give ibuprofin (advil or generics) or acetaminophen (tylanol or generics) as they are toxic.

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-Glucosamine/chondroiten complex. You can buy this as a chewable pill supplement in the med aisle of petsmart. It is also commonly added to many quality senior dog kibbles. Doing both is fine. If you're only going to do one, the tablet is better.

-Heat. Warm joints are usually happy joints, so she might appreciate her bed put by a heat source, or maybe even a heated bed if she actually uses dog beds. Trina used to purposely lay in front of the fridge to capture the heat that came from beneath it, and she'd lay right by the heater too.

-Elevated dishes. Feeding her on the ground can cause strain. It might make her more comfortable if you elevate her food and water dish to a height just below her nose in standing position. Then she doesn't have to bend over or sit or anything like that to eat.

-Massage. Some dogs like massage, others don't. If she likes it, you can treat her to one. I've also heard of some people laying heat pads on their dog's sore joints.

-Exercise. Some light exercise is always good. Swimming is often said the best because it's very low impact. You may have to tell her to calm down once in a while too if she gets to playing too rough with the other dogs. Sometimes they don't know when to stop until they hurt themselves.
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Thank all of yall for the warm welcome and the good advice. We have had her on the chondroiten for a little while now. I believe that I will give the small asprin a try. Iffin the asprin does not help her then the vet is the next step. Its worse for her on cold mornings when she has just gotten up. She normally hears me making coffee around 4:30 in the morning and comes into the kitchen to ask me to let her out. I pet her and let her out. On cold mornings she is listing to her right quite a bit. This morning she actuallyl cried a little bit when I pet her. She is 11 and I know it is what it is but I just want her to be comfortable as possible. Once she has moved around a bit she seems to be fine. She is extremely active and runs quite a bit during the day while outside. She used to want to stay outside all day but she now wants to be inside about half the day now.

Again, Thank Yall so much for the welcome and advice. I will break out the Nikon on the morrow and get yall some pictures

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I'm not a big fan of recommending aspirin for dogs except in an emergency and not ever without veterinary input. If you do decide to give aspirin a try, be sure to follow guidelines and I'd still give my vet a call to let him/her know:

"The recommended aspirin dosage for dogs is 5 mg to 10 mg per pound of your dog's weight, administered once during a 12-hour period. An adult aspirin is 320 mg; a baby aspirin is 80 mg. The lowest dosage will likely provide adequate relief. If not, your vet may instruct you to gradually increase the dosage. Aspirin can be toxic if given in high doses of about 30 mg per pound. For example, a baby aspirin could poison a dog weighing 2 pounds or less, and an adult aspirin could poison a dog weighing about 10 pounds.
Do not administer coated aspirin, for your dog cannot digest it and excretes it in the stools
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What about Rymadyl? I think that is appoved for dogs.
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