mnp13 wrote:If you give aspirin with a meal - not just a little food - there isn't usually much reaction from the gut. Buffered aspirin helps as well. What fish oil are you using? We are at over double the recommended dose for glucosomine and salmon oil, and I credit that and the raw diet for the vet's surprise at excellent shape (considering) of Connor's knee.
Do you understand the process of arthritis and HD? Like what the action is? (if you work at a vet and I've somehow missed that and know all that then ignore this! )
Marinepits wrote:Katy was on adequan for about the last year of her life and had really good results, especially at the beginning -- she was running around like a puppy again. The last two shots she received, she was really sick on the hour-long ride home. Not sure if it was car sickness (which is not the norm for her) or the shot, but she vomited quite a bit both times.
Try a search on the forum for "adequan", too.
Definitely can't give too much fish oil, but do know that it depletes vitamin E, so you'll want to supplement that. Mine take about 400mg of E/day-- they eat the gel caps like treats. I think Walgreen's is having a 2 for 1 sale on supplements...
We discussed rimadyl for River, but the vet felt strongly that rimadyl is not appropriate for a dog in such early stages of arthritis. It's more for the dog in constant pain. At any rate, our supplement regimen has worked well for her. If her limp comes back, progresses, becomes more frequent, etc. we'll try adequan as our next step.
He also takes tramadol, which has been a godsend...
Depending on your dog, there may also be further complications ; Oscar developed arthritis in his elbow joints, and then from altering his gait for so long, either from the elbow arthritis or from coping with the hip dysplasia, he developed brusitis aka "biceps tendonitis" - which was really painful.
The dr I talked to suggested it, I was the one who turned it down. LiLo is 5 years old and although rare the whole liver and kidney issues kind of freak me out. I've given her carprofen/rimadyl every once in a while for her pain, just not consistently.
Do you think it helps with the pain? That's mostly why I want to use it, I know it has no anti-inflammatory properties but I want something to take the edge off pain wise and tramadol seems to have fewer side effects.
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