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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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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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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?

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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

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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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Is there a generic equivalent of Rimadyl?

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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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DateJun 7, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
Topichow much Quellin should she take? 60 pounds and 13 years old.
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How much Quellin should my 13 year old, 60 pound Doberman be taking? She's having weakness in her hind legs. Not hip dysplasia. Thank you souch!

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Consult your veterinarian for the best advice because they have access to her bloodwork and will know if her internal organs can handle a normal dosage, but usually I would start her on 50mg twice daily but only as needed.

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DateJun 5, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
Topicknuckle pain in knee
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She hops on her leg and can not jump up and down on couch, bed. and other thins. she is constantly hopping on that leg and it looks like the knuckle is swelled

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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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DateMay 31, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicPain medication for my boxer
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How do I get a prescription for pain relief for my boxer without got to my Vet?

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In veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face must approve a prescription - many veterinarians have set up remote/telehealth options but most dogs taking prescription pain medications need blood work to be sure the medication isn't causing problems with liver, kidneys, etc.

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DateMay 24, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicAbout glucosamine HCI with MSM
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My dog was seen for arthritus today and he wants me to start him on glucosamine. I have the type of glucosamine as shown above and was wondering if I could give my 101# Irish Wolfhound this type of glucosamine .Both ingredients are 1500mg. Thanks

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That's probably fine but I would still want to see the actual label to be sure there was nothing toxic in it - what is the name brand?

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DateMay 24, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicAbout glucosamine HCI with MSM
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Have 100# Irish Wolfhound. It was prescribed for joint help. I listed above the one I take and was wondering if I could use this instead of buying glucosamine for dogs?

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I don't see "listed above the one I take" so I would really like to see all of the active & inactive ingredients to be sure it didn't contain anything toxic to dogs, but in general, our glucosamine with MSM is fine for them to take. The chewable ones & powders, etc. formulated for them are usually more palatable so easier to get into them long term.

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DateMay 21, 2021
CategoryArthritis
Pet Typenull
TopicGalliprant and diarrhea
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My 15 1/2 year old Australian Shepherd (45lb) has been taking 30mg of Galliprant daily for a month. She continues to have bouts of acute diarrhea, very watery with mucous and sometimes specks of blood are present. Her apetite and other aspects of her overall health are good in spite of her age. She rarely had diarrhea before starting this drug. My veterinarian is a big fan of Galliprant. I need a second opinion. I am concerned about this ongoing side effect. Should I be giving Sasha probiotics?

Answer:

Since it has been going on for a month, definitely speak with your veterinarian about decreasing her dosage or trying a different medication. Yes, probiotics may help so that is good idea: Fortiflora and Proviable are my 2 favorites.

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