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DateNov 23, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topiclong term affects of Glucosomine.
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Question:

I have a large 4 year old dog that gets a lot of exercise. When he was younger I gave him glucosamine after he sustained a slight injury. Is it necessary to continue. Can it lead to any organ damage?

Answer:

Glucosamine seems very benign on their organs - we know of no long term damage that it does and we have been using it for many years, so yes, it is ideal to continue it.

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DateNov 22, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicLeg problems
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Question:

I have a Ridgeback and he loves to chase the squirrels. When he jumps up on the fence, he hursts himself. I have noticed he's licking his legs constantly and he limping. What should I give him to ease the pain?

Answer:

There are MANY causes of limping. So many that I will attach a link to our article about limping that lists many of them in the first paragraph and then goes on to recommend various over-the-counter and prescription medications, but see your veterinarian for a diagnosis if the limping continues: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/limping-in-dogs-and-cats-2.htm

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DateNov 1, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicOver weight
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Question:

What food for a over weight dog.

Answer:

The prescription diets are most effective, like Purina OM. BUT, overall, there is no secret to weight loss (with them or with us) - weight loss occurs when you reduce the calories and increases the exercise, even if you work with the food you are feeding, but you usually need to dramatically reduce the amount to get weight loss because cutting it just a little will be a maintenance amount and will allow them to maintain their current weight. Dogs usually enjoy the second part of the weight loss equation = exercise - even if it's just daily walks.

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DateOct 24, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicNSAID question
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I have gotten two different opinions from two different vets on this. My six year old has hip dysplasia and arthritis. She is currently on joint supplements, fish oil, and adequan injections. My primary vet said for us to use NSAIDs as needed until she is less active. Another Vet said it’s better to go ahead and get them on daily NSAIDs to control inflammation and pain early on. What is your opinion?

Answer:

I agree with your primary vet - I use NSAIDs as sparingly as possible because of potential side effects.

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DateOct 16, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicPrescription
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Hello- My 11 year old yellow lab takes remidal once and while for her arthritis and limping. Can I get this online or do I need to go thru my vet? Thanks

Answer:

You can get it online, but it will need to be approved by your veterinarian. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Rimadyl-prod10261.html

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DateSep 10, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicGlucosamine dosage
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What dose of glucosamine would you give a 10-15 lb poodle who is 15 yo?

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We dose them at about 15mg/kg, so that works out to ~75 mg for a 10-15 pound dog.

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DateJul 30, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeOther
TopicFeet tend to curl , like making a fist
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30 year old mitred conure , his feet curl up and it's hard to stand, is there anything I can do

Answer:

I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your bird. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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DateJul 18, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicPharma
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Question:

I’ve been told Deramax damages liver, so now I have an issue with Tillie(my 12 yr old pup). They switched her to Galliprant which caused horrible stomach issues and runny stool. What is a better alternative that won’t cause these issues? Thanks, Alan

Answer:

Talk to your veterinarian about alternative pain control methods that have virtually no side effects like acupuncture, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, etc. that might be available in your area. These modalities often decrease the amount of oral medications that they need and make them more comfortable.

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DateJul 15, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
Topicnull
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Your question did not go through with this link but since your category is "arthritis" here is a link to our article about arthritis with potential treatment options both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/arthritis-pain-dog-cat-2.html Feel free to submit another question if you still need help.

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DateJul 10, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicPain relief
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I am looking for an over the counter pain reliever for my cat. She is 9 years old and weighs 10.2 pounds. She was recently seen at the vet, but the meds they gave her all require a prescription. I am hoping for an over the counter pain relief product for her. What do you recommend?

Answer:

Honestly, we don't have good over-the-counter options for cats. You can try this homeopathic product but prescription medications from your veterinarian will work better: https://www.1800petmeds.com/T+Relief+Tablets-prod10795.html

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DateJul 9, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicArthritis in left shoulder
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My 11 year old Bull Mastiff has arthritis in his left shoulder . Began limping last night but did go outside to use bathroom before bed. This morning he is still limping, did eat breakfast this morning but when we went outside he came right back to the door and came in and laid down. He has been walking some but does not want to go out.

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There are MANY causes of limping. So many that I will attach a link to our article about limping that lists many of them in the first paragraph and then goes on to recommend various over-the-counter and prescription medications, but see your veterinarian for a diagnosis if the limping continues: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/limping-in-dogs-and-cats-2.htm

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DateJul 9, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicGetting my dogs meds
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Hi, My chocolate lab has been on doxidyl chew tabs for almost a year as prescribed by our Vet. The cost is very high. In fact it is 5x more than what I found online for the same medication at another pet med competitor. His back legs have been giving out on him recently so he is getting worse. He is 13. 1. Is there a better medication? 2. How do I go about getting his pills whole sale? I heard our vet does not like to transfer medications because of the obvious reason. $ Thanks, LP

Answer:

There are many alternatively to doxidyl - when/if you switch, there is a "washout period" of about 3 days for most medications where he would need to be off everything for ~3 days (depending on what you switch him from and to and what his last bloodwork looked like, so consult your veterinarian before switching). One of the less expensive generics that works well for most dogs is Novox - here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Novox+Carprofen+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod10930.html

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DateJul 8, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicSide effects
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Question:

I am giving my 40. Lb sheltie dasuquin msm She is gotten slower physically and mentally.not like her self at all. She acts like she has to think about getting up and all she wants to do is lay around. Is this normal or what? How do I help help her?

Answer:

No, that is not normal. With clinical signs like that, I would go ahead and get your veterinarian to check her out and run some bloodwork to see what is going on.

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DateJun 12, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
Topiccompare different arthritis meds
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I don't want to give my 14 year old Springer spaniel, galliprant or carprofin because of it's link to kidney disease. She is currently taking cosequin, but still limps quite a bit. What is the difference between phycox max and cosequin. (you don't seem to carry "glyde"0

Answer:

Phycox has additional anti-inflammatory ingredients and, in general, seems to help more than Cosequin. Neither are as potent as Galliprant or carprofen, but you are right, you have to worry about kidney and liver function with those.

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DateJun 10, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
Topicgeneric
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Question:

Is there a generic equivalent of Rimadyl?

Answer:

Yes : Novox and Quellin are a couple. Here are links: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Novox+Carprofen+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod10930.html https://www.1800petmeds.com/Quellin+Carprofen+Soft+Chew+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod102280.html

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