Thursday, September 24, 2009

Arthritis - Aging Problem for Gordon Setters

As our Gordon Setters age they begin to develop old age problems, just as humans do. Arthritis is one of the most common age problems. Art has a 15 yr. old Gordon with arthritis. "Ginger" is on medication but it does not seem to be working as well as it was. "Peat", was on Bute for pain, but we understand it is really hard on a dogs system. A heated sleeping pad might help, with a nice cushy bed. Massages may help, but be gentle. If things get worse, you may check with you vet for any new medications that might be available. We're always open to suggestions and Art is looking for help. If you have any ideas for him, please post them in a comment.


  1. Thanks for putting that out there. I bought Ginger the ortho bed from Orvis, the expensive one, and she won't use it. She would rather lie on the cold hard slate floor. I think she prefers the cool floor to the comfort of the bed. She has so much fur I think the bed is too warm. Unfortunately, she gets good and stiff from the hard floor. Erin, our new dog, loves the new bed. She is so small she looks like a rasin on it. I'm going to check with the vet and see if I can add something to her meds for some additional pain relief. The Deramaxx, like all NSAIDs, can be dangerous and has some serious downsides but at this point the benefits outweigh the risks. If anyone has some suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

  2. LOL on the expensive bed! Lets hope someone out there has a suggestion that is safe and effective.