I buy it with my vets RX from Valley Vet too. They also sell a cheaper, generic option with the same active ingredient called Ichon that's sometimes used by some vets "off label." Either way, you'll get about 3 shots (depending on the size of the dog) out of a 5 ml. vial.
$80 is excessive for having them do it. Even when my vet does it, it's never over $50.
You might consider how much you like your vet -- the ones I know will actually show a client how to do the injections so that they can do them at home and keep the seniors comfortable. (The injections go in the rump, not the shoulder, and they alternate sides each time.)
I'm a HUGE fan of Adequan. I've used it in many dogs (personal dogs and rescue seniors) so I have a big base of dogs to evaluate. The key thing it does that nothing else will do is stop the cartilage loss -- delaying further degeneration inside the joint -- so you preserve movement longer. That's why starting it early is so important. In about half (or maybe a little more), it also has a very potent anti-inflammatory effect that's as strong as an NSAID without the drawbacks of NSAIDs. We can't figure out why all dogs don't get this effect, but for the ones that do, it's a near miracle-drug.
It's very important to understand that it works best when you are also doing good, safe exercise (walking, swiming, etc.) to minimize muscle wasting and keep joints moving. My vet says he sees vastly different results in clients who adopt an "all of the above" approach: Adequan, exercise, good supplements and pain meds when needed, vs. clients who choose just one of those approaches. There seems to be synergetic effect where it all works together to accomplish more benefit. (It also needs to be said that weight management is part of it. Arthritic joints cannot handle extra weight.)
My last senior was so arthritic in his hips that he was barely ambling behind me on short walks unless he was on pain meds. In week 3 of his Adequan loading dose, he just starting trotting on his own and we jogged for the first time in years, with him setting the pace. He got off pain meds and was better without them once the Adequan and good supplements loaded (Collagen II, Natural Eggshell Membrane, Ester-C, and a big fish oil dose).
My current 12+ y.o. dog (maybe older -- no one knows) still goes about 2 miles every morning despite awful hips. He's been on bi-weekly Adequan for years. He gets acupuncture occasionally too (and it helps). He can climb stairs like a champ, despite his age. He's in remarkably good shape for being so old (and blind, but that's never stopped him).
Don't hesitate to do this -- find a vet who will support you!
Last edited by Magwart; 05-09-2019 at 11:56 AM.