Senior pitties with hip or joint problems
by darlene scott
Do pits have issues with their hips? I have two pits and they are 11 and 12 years old and they limp and walk like they are in pain and my male (11) seems to freeze up in the cold like he doesnt want to walk anymore and i have to tug and pull so we can make it back to the front door.
It's breaking my heart. I do give the male an Aleve every 3 days or so in the winter season, that is ok right?
Hip problems--including arthritis and hip dysplasia--are not that unusual in pit bulls.
It's not advisable to give Aleve to your dog unless it's under the supervision of a veterinarian. The reason is that the therapeutic dose for a dog is very close to the lethal dose. It doesn't sound like it's helping much and it could be harmful. Naproxen (Aleve) has been associated with causing gastric ulcers and kidney damage in dogs and cats.
For hip and joint issues, many owners supplement their dog's diet with a Glucosamine and Chondroitin blend. However, it sounds like your dogs may need something to help with pain, at least initially.
Be sure to take your pair to the vet to get examined so that proper diagnosis can be made and treatment can be prescribed for them.
Feel free to post back here if you have more questions.
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