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DateMay 4, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicsenior dog tail
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Question:

Hello, I have a senior Chihuahua who has spinal issues and has had a limp tail in the past a few times from her spine issues but she seems fine now. For the past weeks, I have noticed that she doesn't wag her tail right anymore. Instead of how a dog curls their tail upward for a wag, she does it upside down. What could cause this. It was at the base and she doesn't seem to hurt but she wags her town in a downward u instead of the normal upward u shape. Thanks.

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This could be many things (slipped disc, cancer, trauma, infection, etc). I would need to examine her and take some x-rays to be able to start to tell exactly what is going on so see your veterinarian if it persists or worsens.

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DateApr 22, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicArthritis
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My dog is showing sign of arthritis in her back end. Having issue with steps and jumping onto her couch. What can I give her?

Answer:

There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more (laser therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, etc.), so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog and available in your area. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

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DateApr 19, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicNeedle size?
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Question:

Need length and gauge of needle for im injection of Adequan into 65 lb retriever dog. Thank you.

Answer:

We all have out own personal preferences but I would probably use a 22 gauge 3/4 inch needle for a 65# dog - ideally draw it up with a separate needle, then change to this one to inject because going through the stopper to draw it up dulls the needle and makes an injection more painful.

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DateApr 19, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicArthritic hips
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My 10 yr old pit is starting to have hip issues..would like to put him on remadyl..suggestions?

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Yes, Rimadyl is a good choice for an NSAID for pain control. There are so many other treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

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DateApr 19, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicarthitis pain
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Is there an OTC med I can give my 14 year old dog until you ship my meds that are on order?

Answer:

There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

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DateApr 9, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicGabapenting
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The shelter we rescued our dog was given gabapentin 300mg I want to order more without having to take dog to an expensive vet? Can I order with you guys? 8182092415

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face must approve the prescription. Here is a direct link to Gabapentin - you will be asked for that veterinarian's contact information when checking out: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Gabapentin-prod11172.html

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DateMar 28, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicCarprofen vs. Miloxidil Is there a drug interaction I should worry about? Or can I switch the next day?
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I am worried about any drug interaction when I switch from Carprofen to Miloxidil. Is there a waiting period before I try the Miloxidil?

Answer:

I am not familiar with "Miloxidil" so you will need to consult your veterinarian for the best advice - they have access to your dog's last bloodwork and can best answer that question.

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DateMar 26, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicHaving trouble walking
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What over counter will work like dermax

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Nothing over-the-counter will work as well as prescription NSAIDS like Deramax, but here is one over-the-counter NSAID: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Nutri-Vet+Aspirin+Chewable+Tablets-prod12693.html (Never give with other medication until you check with your veterinarian for potential adverse interactions.)

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DateMar 8, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicJoint supplements
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Good Morning I have 2 labs Sophie age 10 and is active and Lillie 8 who had surgery on both CCL and a FPO on one hip. They have been taking movoflex for 3 years and both are on Adequan. They are starting to slow down is there a joint supplement that is better?

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I would continue both of those but consider adding an NSAID (like carprofen) on bad days and talk to your veterinarian about other modalities that may be available in your area like laser therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc.

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DateMar 8, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
Topicmedication
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Greetings, thanks for taking time to answer my question. I have a British Black Lab who will be 13 soon. He has been on meloxicam for a long time due to arthritis in his back legs. He eats and drinks just fine, still loves to go on walks - just pays for it afterwards. Would you recommend anything different? Thank you

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Meloxicam is a really good NSAID - if he is doing well on it, keep using it and then consider adding different modalities (laser therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc.etc.) for an even better response.

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DateFeb 21, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicContraindications of Galliprant & Sildenafil (both highly protein bound)?
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Can my dog take Galliprant for arthritis plus Sildenafil for pulmonary hypertension? Since Sildenafil is a human drug prescribed off label to dogs it does not seem to appear on veterinary contraindication lists so my vet does not know. Both are highly protein bound drugs which I understand can be dangerous if taken together? Thank you.

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I really don't use enough Sildenafil to advise you on this so contact a veterinary pharmacologist (often found at your local veterinary school or on sites like JustAnswer.com) for the best advice.

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DateFeb 21, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicPain
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Can my 14 year old Maltese shih Tzu who has arthritis in her spine and back legs be shivering because of pain and also because she's cold?

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Yes - either are certainly possible.

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DateFeb 12, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicArthritis determination from vet
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Vet prescribed Vetprofen 100mg tabs for Mr Doberman can I order from petmeds?

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This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions. I'm not seeing that they carry that brand of carprofen (they do carry other brands) but they may be able to order it for you, so contact customer service about that. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateFeb 8, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiscontinued product
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Previously bought Vet strength joint enhancer soft chews for my 13 yr old mixed breed pup. Arthritis in both both elbows & 5 yrs post ACL surgery. Any suggestions for replacement product? Thanks in advance

Answer:

These should still be available: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Joint+Enhancer+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod278144.html

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DateJan 30, 2022
CategoryArthritis
Pet TypeDog
TopicRear Joint and hip pain
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Can you prescribe rimadyl for my 14+ year old dalmation?

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In veterinary medicine, prescription medication must be approved by a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face.

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