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06-25-2014 03:04 PM
kiya Ask about the Adaquan injections I have 2 dogs on it since around November and were up to every 3 weeks so the cost is lower now. I honestly don't think Apache would be walking without it.
06-25-2014 02:15 PM
Bridget Thank you. I did decide to take Heidi tomorrow for the blood work.
06-25-2014 10:23 AM
Originally Posted by Bridget View Post
I think my main question is whether the Rimadyl will repair her hips or just help with the pain?
It cannot repair the hips, but it makes them more comfortable. It reduces both pain and inflammation -- osteo-arthritis involves joint inflammation, so cutting that down is usually part of the goal in improving quality of life. It's in a category called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (google "NSAID" for more info). In dogs, Rimadyl/Carprofen, Deramaxx, and Metacam are in this category.

NSAIDs are a big category that includes many human drugs (which cannot be taken by dogs)--things like aspirin and iburofen and high-end prescription pain killers like Celebrex are in the NSAID category for humans, which I mention only because if you are familiar with taking any human NSAID yourself, it helps understand what the canine versions do for dogs. You cannot mix and match human drugs and dog drugs (very dangerous), but thinking about your experience with the human ones will make sense of why vets use the dog versions to help arthritis.
06-24-2014 07:58 AM
I will, thank you. I have a lab who loves going to the vet and that is such a relief! I think my main question is whether the Rimadyl will repair her hips or just help with the pain? So far, I am just seeing pain relief, which is fine, that's what I put her on it for. If it will extend her life in a quality way, then I definitely need to get the BW. I think that is what I need to ask my vet. Thanks, everyone, for help me get my head straight about it!
06-23-2014 05:28 PM
middleofnowhere The late barker sisters were helped very significantly by accupuncture & chiropractic treatments. (They liked the vet - Barker the Elder positively loved going to the vets - any vets - whatever they did.) I am very cautious about rimadyl having one dog on it for years that developed kidney problems. If I were considering any of the traditional pain meds, I would want blood work done. Do discuss this with your vet with Heidi there.
06-23-2014 04:51 PM
Jax08 No, you are not being irrational. It's what we wanted for Banshee. She was terrified at the vets. We did not take her for BW every 6 months as they wanted. We did it yearly. We refused the BW and signed the paper.

You need to do what you think is right for her. All I can say is every time we thought it was near the end for Banshee, she would bounce back. So I keep that in mind when I advise you to do the BW. But you live with Heidi and know her best.
06-23-2014 04:48 PM
Bridget What I want for Heidi is for her to enjoy her last days, without needles or even visits to the vet, unless they will truly add quality to her life. Then when it is her time, I hope to help her cross over peacefully and with as little fanfare as possible. I guess that is what we all want, right? I think what I am really afraid of is that he will want to do bloodwork every time you turn around if we start it, which I WILL NOT do unless I believe it will actually extend a QUALITY life. I think maybe I am being irrational.
06-23-2014 03:28 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Jax the rimadyl was years ago. I just made sure that our new vet was aware of it and that was why we went w/ the Previcox. Good to know about the wash out as i haver two other seniors in the house.

Bridget if I could do over Daisy's last 4 monhs she would have eaten all her favorite bad stuff and she would not have taken all the supplemnts and pills we gave her thinking it was DM. I think letting a dog be comfortable is the most important thing.
06-23-2014 03:23 PM
Jax08 Maggi - did you do a 5 day wash out between the rimadyl and the previcoxx? I guess they've found that switching from one to the other can overload the organs. Liver, I think but not sure. So they wait 5 days between for the one to leave the system completely.
06-23-2014 03:21 PM
DJEtzel I agree with the suggestion for previcoxx. I loved the results I saw with Frag.
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