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Joan, Vet Tech
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Would a heating pad to lay on help a small dog with mild arthritis

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Would a heating pad to lay on help a small dog with mild arthritis in his hip/knee that is flaring up? Or would this just cause more swelling?

Would a cold pack to lay on be more helpful?

Looking for anything that might make him feel better in addition to the laser treatments he is getting at the vet.


My name is XXXXX XXXXX I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years.

Are you using any supplements to help with the inflammation?

What type of bed are you using?



Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The vet didnt want to use anti-inflammatory meds bc he was just diagnosed w cushings/diabetes and we are trying to get that regulated. Usually he just likes to lay in his round bed, under my bed, or on my bed.


Thank-you for the information.. Low Heat is the way to go with Arthritis to aid with the pain. You can use a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, a Rice Sock(tube sock with uncooked rice and tied off. Heat in the Microwave for about a one min to 1 1/2 mins, wrap in a towel and place near the leg) or a heat pad, but it will need to be monitored so it does not cause a burn. To also aid with the pain I suggest a good Omega 3 Vitamin supplement which is a natural anti- inflammatory and may help. There are two products called Consequin: which helps with Arthritis and can be purchased at most larger Pet shops, there is also a another supplement called Dasuquin which is an upgrade from Consequin and is great for the joints: These contain Glucosamine and MSN which aids with joint lubrication. I use these for my girl. I would ask the Vet about these two products since your little one has Cushings. As far as I know they should not be a problem since they are supplements and not anti- inflammatory like a Steroid that can cause a problem. The last thing I would do is get a good orthopedic bed for your dog. These help take the pressure off the joints. This link may offer further help: Please let me know if you need clarification or further help. Joan

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can you recommend any specific beds or mats that are known to be good for smaller dogs with arthritis? Im lost Googling to compare them... :S


This one is made by Simmons and is memory foam. It is great support :