The anti-inflammatory prescription tablets (Rimadyl, Deramaxx, etc) can be expensive but work SO WELL assuming his liver/bloodwork looks good. Make sure you give them daily so the inflammation stays under control, rather than having to play 'catch-up.'
If he is on Rimadyl, there is now generic Rimadyl available. Your vet will have to write a prescription but most of the online pharmacies have it. It might need to be cut in half to get the right dosing, and some aren't liver flavored and will need to be wrapped in cheese, BUT the active ingredient is the same and the price is right!
You can buy human joint supplements-- generic Move Free or Osteo Bi-Flex. Just make sure it's Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and maybe MSM, hyaluronic acid, etc. Not the Vitamin D one! Usually Walgreens and so on will have the bottles as BOGO or BOGO 50% off. Again, you'll need to stick them in peanut butter or cheese but if it means affordable relief, whatever, right?
For oils, there are 2 kinds I know of that are good anti-inflammatories too. If you have a Trader Joe's near you they sell the white solid organic virgin coconut oil for $6. You wanna use the kind for cooking, not beauty supplies, health food stores sell it for ~10 a jar too. You start with half a tablespoon and then work up to a tablespoonand a day. Or get human fish oil/omega 3 caplets wherever you get the joint supplement, because these caps are also often part of the BOGO sale.
These are my only real cost saving tips but it can cut the monthly cost in half or more. Congrats on the new job, too! He is so young to be in so much pain. It's not the inbreeding itself that is the problem, but that someone bred dogs that were sick or had bad structure. It can happen even if the dogs aren't related. Good luck. Poor little dude.
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