Like many of the humans who care for them, older dogs are prone to arthritis. This can be painful, particularly in the later stages. Fortunately, there are ways--both natural and through medicine--to treat arthritis in all dogs.
Massage a pet's aching body with massage oils. When a dog appears to be in pain, rub its limbs with herbal oils, sunflower oil or olive oil.
Administer NSAIDs--a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Consult a veterinarian to determine the proper dosage, as well as the type of NSAIDs to administer. NSAIDs, including Rimadyl and Deramaxx, reduce inflammation in a dog's joints while offering pain relief.
Administer joint fluid modifiers. These drugs, which focus primarily on long-term treatment of arthritis, are designed to modify fluid in the joints, thereby helping treat arthritis and alleviate pain. Often, veterinarians will prescribe joint fluid modifiers in combination with NSAIDs, as the latter is better suited to more immediately curing pain, while the former is designed more for long-term treatment.
Opt for surgery. Unfortunately, this may be the lone option for dogs with cases of arthritis that are far along. This procedure is quite expensive, but is sometimes the only remaining option for dog owners who want to keep a dog arthritis free.