My 11year old dog is on carpofren which doesn’t always seems to do the job. Vet won’t give us anything else but say I can give her half a paracetamol twice a day, which I won’t. Interested to know what medications other dogs are on/any good supplements.
There are many other pain medications for dogs. Different ones suit different individuals, so if carprofen doesn't seem to be doing much, ask for an alternative such as meloxicam or robenacoxib.
Do NOT under any circumstances be tempted to use ibuprofen.
The evidence for joint supplements is pretty weak, but there is no harm in trying a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement. There is more evidence for the fish oils being beneficial but you need pretty high doses to get the effect, which can cause diarrhoea.
DDog2 has arthritis in her hips and is currently on Tramadol (she can't have NSAIDs) which has worked reasonably well for her.
We've tried various supplements in the past (with her and DDog1 who also had arthritic hips) without much success however recently we've tried Flexadin Advanced and the difference in her has been amazing.
I have two 11 year olds who have done incredibly well on Yumove. They had started to slow down and hesitated to jump in the car. (Only one of them has been xrayed but she has a very bad hip) In the space of a few weeks they really looked like their old selves again.