Wondering what you all do for your older labs once they become arthritic. Mocha is very stiff since the weather changed, and I plan to call my vet in the morning to see what he recommends, but wondered what people here do. Mocha can't take rimadyl - it upsets her stomach terribly. I've been giving her a buffered aspirin the past couple of days, but can't really tell if it's helping.
I gave Scotty Adequan, and I think it helped. He was on Rimadyl for about 8 months, too. He did not seem to have any side effect. Also, do you have a physical therapy facility for dogs near you? There are a lot of older dogs at our facility, and it seems to help most of them.
Jes's ortho vet said that I can add Duralactin to his current glucosamine and chondroitin regiment if he starts experiencing pain due to his hip dysplasia in the future. It's a natural supplement and I believe it's made by the same people that make Cosequin, but I don't think it's extremely strong...at least compared to the NSAIDS.
Hershey took buffered aspirin for a couple of years. It did help with his arthritis but eventually he began having GI problems. My vet then put him on Etogesic. Wow, did that ever make a difference! Hershey didn't have any problems with the Etogesic but my vet felt that for long term use Metacam would be safer so we switched him to that. (Etogesic and Metacam are both high-powered NSAIDs.) He's been on it now since about the beginning of the year and it seems to be working well. On the natural side, he also takes glucosamine/chondroitin and Duralactin.
Arthritis is such a terrible problem for our older Labs; hope you find something tthat will help Mocha feel better.