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lab mix: 15 year old..s had arthritis for the last few years

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I have a 15 year old, 60 lb lab mix who's had arthritis for the last few years. She's on glucosomine already and most days that's working well for her. Recently it's been raining a lot and I've noticied it's slowed her down quite a bit. I'm sure when it dries up again, some of her discomfort will subside, but I can appreciate how the humidity in the air can affect your joints - I feel it in my back, too. I've heard it's safe to give her regular aspirin for her arthritis, though. If so, how much is appropriate?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 5 years ago.
Good Morning, and thank you so much for your question! I hope I can be of some help. <br />You are right, arthritis signs in old dogs can certainly worsen with weather changes. Some anti-inflammatory in addition to the glucosamine will be very helpful to your dog. <br /><br />Aspirin is technically "safe," but not all dogs tolerate it very well, so I don't tend to recommend long term use. If used long term, many dogs seem to develop stomach ulcers. It also should not be used if there are any underlying organ problems, such as kidney disease. Here is some information on aspirin in dogs: <br /><br /><a href="http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=552" target="_blank">http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=552</a> <br /><br />If you wish to try some aspirin, the dose is approximately 5 mg/lb up to twice daily. Ideally I would not use it regularly, only as needed. <br />There are better anti-inflammatory options that are often better tolerated by dogs, avaiable by prescription from your vet, such as deramaxx or Rimadyl. However, any drugs like this have the potential for side effects in dogs. Here is some additional information about arthritis medication options: <br /><br /><a href="http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=587" target="_blank">http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=587</a> <br /><a href="http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2508" target="_blank">http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2508</a> <br /><br />I hope this information is helpful! Thanks again for your question! <br />Dr. Marcia :)

*I just saw the additional info you added and sounds like Rimadyl didn't work so well, and that you just need occasional anti-inflammatory. In this case, aspirin would be fine to try if just used once in awhile. Thanks!
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