Does your dog have arthritis? Is there such a thing as arthritis in dogs? If so, what are the arthritis medications and treatments for dogs? What are the signs of arthritis in dogs?

Several years ago, I owned a Labrador Retriever / Great Dane mix. When he was around 1 year old I noticed that my dog was limping on one of his front legs. I assumed he stepped on something in the yard or something insignificant. But over the next 2 weeks, the limp gradually became worse, to the point where he would not put pressure on his leg at all. When a dog is limping that much, you need to do something about it as soon as possible.

I took him to the vet and was told that my dog has arthritis. I guess I never really thought about it, but I wasn’t even aware that dogs can get arthritis. I was especially surprised that a young dog, still a puppy really, could get arthritis.

The vet prescribed a medicine called Rimadyl. According to
, “Rimadyl is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.”

I was amazed at the results of the Rimadyl. Within 1 day, my dog was limping significantly less. Within 2 days, my dog’s limp was completely gone. It really was amazing! I was so happy because I know my dog must have been in a lot of pain from the arthritis. And since dogs don’t have a way of letting you know when something is bothering them (like you do when you start to get a headache) my dog had to be really hurting to be limping so much.

I ended up giving my dog away to a family who had more property for him to run on. I talked to them recently, and the dog’s arthritis is still fine. He takes a Rimadyl once in a while, but they haven’t noticed him limping since he moved in with them.

More recently, I was at a friends house. I noticed their 11-year-old Golden Retriever was limping. They told me she had been limping for about a week and they were starting to get more concerned. This is a dog that will play fetch until she drops. It was sad to see her try to play fetch with a limp. I told them that my dog had arthritis and the Rimadyl results.

They took their Golden Retriever to the vet the next day. The vet prescribed Rimadyl. The next day, she was completely better.

This might sound like a Rimadyl commercial, but it’s not. I’m just very impressed with the results I’ve seen both times.

According to
, Rimadyl side effects “include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or tarry stools, increased thirst and urination, lethargy, incoordination, seizure or behavioral changes. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to this medication can include facial swelling, hives and rash.”

I’m sure there are probably non-prescription alternatives to Rimadyl.
also has a section on their website for non-prescription medications for dogs and cats with arthritis and pain. I’m not sure if there is a generic for Rimadyl, but it’s very inexpensive considering the results you can get.

UPDATE — I’ve received many comments from people who read this post already. Many people have agreed with the results of Rimadyl. Other have also suggested a medication called Arithramine which is also available from

2 Comments on Does Your Dog Have Arthritis?

  1. DogLover24 says:

    Good article. My neighbor’s dog has had arthritis for years, and doesn’t ever show any pain because of the medicine she takes. Good article.

  2. SHARON says:

    hi i have a 9 months old shitz u puppy very fit and excitable.i take him on regular walks he sometimes has 2 and a half hours a day only because he always wants walking he wont shut up otherwise,my dad had him the otherday walking he said he was ok when he got back he had a sleep for half hour then got up and couldent put his leg down.took him straight to the vets they said i shouldent be walking him so much been very young she give me tablets and some kind of lazer treatment on his leg today he has put jis leg down and walks ok but when he tries to run on leader he hops i am so worried this could be a start of something serious or am i just been silly.i love my dog very much do you think its just a strain?

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