Hi there, I'm Dr. Helen
First, let me say good job on your care of Butch.
You can give him fish oil. How much does he weigh?
You can also start him on a joint supplement. The one I like is Dasuquin.
I would give him 3000 mg of fish oil a day.
Acupuncture works too, if you have someone who can do that nearby.
Yes, fish oil capsules from the drug store. Make sure they are pure fishoil, no added vitamins.
You can also talk to your veterinarian about pain medication such as gabapentin or tramadol. I don't like NSAIDS in my older patients due to GI side-effects.
Try some of these, or all of these. Dasuquin should be at Petsmart- stay with that brand. I'm unimpressed with the knock-offs. Also, warmth on his hurting leg. Just be sure it isn't too hot (check on your wrist first).
Aspirin is a NSAID and better to stop clotting, so I wouldn't use it on my old dog.
Good luck with the old guy.
My pleasure. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.
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