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lazy the dog

Our mixed breed seems to have arthritis in the paw that had the lump we had removed.He limps when the weather changes.The vet gave us pain pills.Well I work in the medical field and interacted with another vet (Patient) who said to stop giving him the pain pills they would ruin the dogs liver.I had asked out vet about baby aspirin, he stated no it was not good for dogs.Now I am getting this information from another vet who said baby aspirin is harmless and would not hurt Lazy.My question is who do I believe?
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82861 tn?1333453911
What prescription med were you using?  While some dogs can eventually develop liver problems with some anti-inflammatories, it's pretty rare.  I've used deramaxx long-term on two dogs with severe arthritis and they never had any liver function issues.

Dogs can metabolize aspirin, but many vets don't recommend it because it can cause severe stomach problems.  My vet had one dog develop a bleeding ulcer after only a few days of aspirin therapy.  After that, he never recommended it again.  

Ibuprofin (motrin, advil) is not at all safe for dogs.  Tylenol is OK, but it's really not effective for the severe inflammation of arthritis.

I would go ahead and use the prescription meds, and have liver function tests run annually to make sure everything is OK in that department.  
675347 tn?1365460645
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Please do try a Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplement daily. It might have very very good results. I know for a fact it has with my dog. She had a broken leg years ago (in her past life before I rescued her) Since then she has limped, and 'hitched' that leg from time to time, especially when the weather turned damp and cold. I started her with the supplement a few months ago in the Spring. I have not looked back!

For testimony, she is leaping over hurdles 3-4 feet tall! She did that same thing today, chasing a flying bird! She took my breath away! She could not have done that before without suffering for it.

I use ordinary supplements in capsule form, on sale for Humans. They are cheaper. But I get the exact dosage for her weight. She weighs 28lbs and gets 500mg Glucosamine, and 200mg Chondrotin daily. That's the max. dose for her weight.
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