Tahlula's pain from arthritis and a dislocated spinal disk was so bad at one point that the Rottweiler's owners wondered whether it might be more humane to euthanize her, but then they hit on the right combination of over-the-counter supplements and prescription medications that made her comfortable. While arthritis isn't curable, owners can work with their veterinarians to ease pets' pain by experimenting with different medications and lifestyle changes until they find a regimen that works, said Oregon veterinarian Wendy Baltzer.

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