Pet Arthritis Specialist Wheeling WV

You’re wise to avoid the Rimadyl if your dog suffers from arthritis. It’s a potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, so it can cause stomach upset and vomiting; long'term use may also be harmful to the liver. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives that offer more than temporary relief.

Town & Country Animal Hospital
(304) 242-9575
831 Old Fairmont Pike
Wheeling, WV

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Glendale Animal Hospital Incorporated
(304) 845-5454
1710 Wheeling Ave
Glen Dale, WV

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Paw Prints Veterinary Clinic
(304) 554-9964
1745 Mileground Road
Morgantown, WV
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Monday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Cole, Julie, Dvm - Vca Gateway Animal Hospital
(304) 727-4331
55 Maccorkle Ave
Saint Albans, WV

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Help For Animals Inc
(304) 736-8555
1 Humane Way
Barboursville, WV

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Animal Urgent Care Inc
(304) 233-0002
4201 Wood St
Wheeling, WV

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Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital
(304) 896-9933
405 Plane View Dr
Lewisburg, WV
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Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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VCA Dudley Avenue Animal Hospital
(304) 916-7917
3200 Dudley Ave.
Parkersburg, WV
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Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Smith, Tammy, Dvm - Animal Veterinary Emergency
(304) 428-8387
3602 E 7th St Ste B
Parkersburg, WV

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Casto, Anne, Dvm - Parkersburg Veterinary Hosp
(304) 422-6971
1504 36th St
Parkersburg, WV

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Practitioner's Corner—About Pets: Arthritis

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By Bob and Susan Goldstein

Q: Our dog has been suffering from arthritis for two years now, but I don’t want to give her Rimadyl because of the side effects. Do you have any suggestions?

A: You’re wise to avoid the Rimadyl. It’s a potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, so it can cause stomach upset and vomiting; long-term use may also be harmful to the liver. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives that offer more than temporary relief.

Pet store shelves are filled with anti-inflammatory products that help with arthritis, but we get the best results from a newer one called K9 Liquid Health. It’s a drinkable preparation of glucosamine, aloe vera, chondroitin, and MSM, all proven arthritis fighters.

Once you have the pain under control, don’t stop there. Arthritis is often a symptom of weaknesses in particular areas of the immune system. Nutritional blood tests can tell you which aspects might be involved, and your veterinarian can then suggest nutrients to strengthen those weak links.

Another issue might be your dog’s diet. If it’s too acidic, it could be fueling the arthritis; an acidic environment helps to propagate free radicals, which can cause inflammation. Most commercially prepared dog food is loaded with acid-producing protein byproducts and short on alkaline nutrients such as minerals that are found in fresh fruits and vegetables.

A great way to alkalinize the body is to incorporate fresh-squeezed juice (celery, carrot, apple) or soup into your dog’s program. Here is a great recipe for a broth you can feed your dog every day: In a 2-quart pot, boil and simmer the following ingredients for 1 hour: 1 to 11¼2 quarts of distilled water, the skins of 4 large potatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 stalks of celery, and 2 carrots.

Author: Bob and Susan Goldstein

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