I have a 4 yr old female lab that has been limping for a few months and I have had her looked at by a Ortho as well and holistic vet. She has been on Metacam and Glucosamine as well...I try and keep her active by swimming frequently.
I am hoping that I can get some advice on something that I have not considered and if I can get some advice from some folks who have gone through this.
Stella is not as active as she wants to be as she limps and I know that she is in some pain....it is really hard to watch.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH -
Get Stella's vet to be proactive, and consider pushing for a referral. My 76 pound, 6 year old lab has undiagnosed right leg lameness. I waited too long before insisting that my regular vet refer her to a specialist. This month she has been to an ortho and a neuro. No diagnosis yet but I feel that progress will be made. All tests have been normal. She is getting a cortisone shot tomorrow. It has been 11 months (most of which were with my regular vet).
My lab did get better with eliminating the walks, using 1 - 325mg buffered aspirin daily for two days, and then 1 day of 1 Rimadyl, then repeating the rotation. She also gets 5 mg of regular Pepcid each day, and a G&C with MSM supplement. Do not let her jump around. It may aggravate her pain and make the limping worse. Swimming should be good since it is non-impact.
It's extremely dangerous to have more than one NSAID in a dog's (and humans) system at the same time. It is recommended that when switching from one to another you wait 4 - 7 days in between. It is NOT recommended to flip flop between two and can cause strong side effects.1 - 325mg buffered aspirin daily for two days, and then 1 day of 1 Rimadyl, then repeating the rotation.
I posted this in another thread titled "aspirin":
"Aspirin is the "original" NSAID, and can be used for mild pain, though it often causes gastric ulceration and bleeding (in one study, aspirin caused bleeding in the stomach and intestines of 100% of the dogs). For this reason, the buffered kind, such as Ascriptin, is preferable. Giving with food may prevent stomach upset, but not bleeding and ulceration. There is also a chewable form of buffered aspirin for dogs, called Vetrin. Aspirin dosage is 5-15 mg/lb, no more often than every 8 to 12 hours. Never combine aspirin with other NSAIDs or Prednisone. Enteric coated aspirin is not recommended for dogs, as the coating may not break down. See Giving Your Dog Aspirin for more info. Note that White Willow Bark is the herbal equivalent of aspirin, and may be less likely to cause gastic upset, though all the same warnings still apply. Liquid tinctures, such as Herbspirin, seem to work better than pills. Never give aspirin to cats. Aspirin is COX-1 inhibiting. Never switch from Aspirin to another NSAID without waiting at least a week to ten days in between."
My 7 y/o girl had elbow surgery at 14 months and has been on supplements since then. We tried a new one about 3 1/2 months ago and it's working really well for her. Even when she runs around a bit too much and usually would end up gimpy, that's not happening anymore.
Check it out: http://www.pupsup.com/Canine-HylaSport.htm
We've tried just about every kind and so far this has been the best.