A new prescription diet from Hill's named "J/D" (joint disease) has been released, and is effective in a number of patients. The key ingredient is an omega three fatty acid. I like Rimadyl, but you may also consider trying another NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Deramaxx, Previcox, Metacam, or etodolac in order to find the greatest efficacy. Not all patients respond the same way to a drug, therefore trial and error afford the best answer.
In addition to NSAIDs, some have found an additional opiate drug such as tramadol to be effective, when used in tandem with your NSAID. Obviously, it is important to keep your dog lean, and offer frequent exercise (not necessarily high intensity or long duration) over the week.
And some have found benefit in acupuncture, physical therapy aids (underwater treadmill, swimming, heat application to specific painful joints via special ultrasound units), homeopathy, massage,and chiropractic application/manipulation. I am an allopathic veterinarian (and strongly believe in physical therapy), but can't really address the other modalities,
other than many swear by them. Discuss all these options with your
Dr. Van Lienden
Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124