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A. Before I get into a discussion about prescription pain medication, I need to clear up some misunderstandings about “natural” remedies. First among them: The mistaken idea that they are always a safer alterative than a prescription product. Not far behind: The false notion they work as well (or even better) than what your veterinarian prescribes or recommends.
What people tend to forget is that before the days of modern medicine, humans died young, many from diseases easily prevented or treated today, and that their lives weren’t all that pleasant by the standards we enjoy now. The same is true of dogs and cats: Even those cherished and well-cared-for pets didn’t live long before accidents or disease took them from their owners.
There are many elements of what’s called “complementary and alternative medicine” that have been proven effective by scientific standards. I am not alone in using or recommending such things as acupuncture in my practice. But many other “natural” remedies can not be scientifically supported: These are at best a waste of money and at worse a threat to your pet’s health.
So, now about your pet’s pain. There are indeed things you can do to treat your dog's arthritis without using a prescription pain medication, such as providing soft beds (warmed in the winter), glucosamine supplements and regular moderate exercise, and getting your pet down to a proper weight. But if these measures are not enough, you do need to discuss effective prescription pain control with your veterinarian.
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