If your dog is suffering from arthritis and joint pain then, before anything else, we recommend that you take your dog to your vet to check him or her out.
Your vet will check that the problem is with your dog’s joints and will be able to make sure that there are no other underlying issues.
They will pinpoint the cause of the pain and recommend the best way to alleviate any pain, which may be medication, but may include advice on diet and exercise for example.
There are licensed veterinary medicines available from pet shops that also help conditions such as arthritis, but it is recommended that you speak to your vet first to check exactly what is causing the pain in your dog.
We would not recommend using human medicines on your dog (unless it is something specific prescribed by your vet) – veterinary medicines have to undergo a stringent approval process before they can gain an authorisation to be sold.
As well as ensuring they are of good quality and they work to help treat or prevent the conditions specified on the label, this approval process also ensures the medicine is safe for the species for which it is licensed. So we wouldn’t recommend using a human medicine for a dog, and neither a dog medicine for a cat, for example.