[quote=rshepherd]my shepherd is showing signs of dysplasia. the vet prescribed metacam. i would like to put her on something other than a steroid? What are some other alternatives?[/quote]
There are many alternatives for management of joint problems in dogs. Antioxidants (like Nu-Pet wafers and Antiox), glucosamine sulfate, Nutriflex, etc. are all very effective as are omega-3 fatty acids, trace minerals, etc.
If you want to minimize drugs I suggest that you contact a holistic or homeopathically trained veterinarian.
BTW-Metacam isn’t a steroid it’s a NSAID (same category as Viox or Rimadyl).