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Supplements, like glucosamine and chondroitin, are very popular alternative treatments. It’s not clear if they help, but some research has found that they may make swelling go down and help cartilage repair itself.

Always talk to your vet before giving your dog any medications, including supplements.

Ask for a written copy of the treatment plan, as well as instructions (and a demonstration) for how to give the medicines to your pet. Be sure to give the drug only as your vet recommends. Too much or too little can cause problems. Don't share medications between dogs. What's good for one animal may not be the right thing for another.

You may not be able to relieve all of your dog’s pain, but you should be able to make him feel better. With your vet's guidance, you may need to try different things to find out what brings the most relief.

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Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on January 06, 2016
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