I had asked for some advice awhile back on better alternatives to Metacam. My dad wants to change now and I've recommended Adequan injections and Rimadyl - he will talk this over with the vet.
He cannot do around the block anymore. On a recent walk Dryf laid down on his side and didn't move. My dad thought he was having a heart attack or something. But he lifted him into a sit and he eventually got up and continued on his way.
So...we should continue to walk him a little right (10min 2x a day)? keep the legs movign? What's up with his having to stop like that?
I live in N.Z. so our methods are different to the U.S.
Ernie is on Pentosan which is the equivalent to Adequan. I give it to him for H.D and arthritis. I prefer this as it is easier on his stomach than Metacam or Rimadyl.
I prefer Metacam to Rimadyl. Ernie has Metacam for the bad days. I hear there is a new drug which is better. I think it is up to you and the vet which one you use. All are Non Steriod.
Kassa was on Rimadyl when she had cancer.
I walk Ernie regularly. If he has been sitting too long he seizes up. He has just turned 5. Movement is better for the dog. I started him with 10 mins 2-3 times a day. Even around the house is good.
I don't walk Erns any more than 25 -30 mins a day.
Yes I think you should continue to walk him. Walking helps keep the joint moving.
Ellis has been on Metacam for over a year - for him it works much better than anything else I've tried. Best of luck.
Adequan is great and has no ill effects - I highly recommend it. As far as his walks go, I would think that if the dog lies down in the middle of the walk then it is too much for him.
Too bad they don't have a pool - sounds like swimming is just what he would need (well even if they had a pool it's the middle of winter and around 0F so no chances of using it!
My dad will be heading to the vet soon, i've highly recommended Adequan.
I'm thinking it might be best to walk around the yard and have Dryf follow him. So that Dryf moves (I'm guessing if he were to stop his legs might lock up??) but in a more "free" way.
Not sure where you live but is there any where around you that you can go and do water therapy?
Around me, yes. But Dryf lives with my dad up north where they don't have alot of the "extra" features (doggy daycare, dog massages, dog chiro, swimming for dogs...). Even at the cottage the lake is down quite a few stairs so it's not at all ideal for him. Though swimming season is many months off.Originally Posted by cinderbaylabs
it's too bad - it would be the perfect way for the poor guy to stretch those legs. He has severe arthritis in one leg, and that seems to be what's giving him the hardest time.
He's 13, and this only hit after he turned 11.
I forgot the other things that I think helped Ernie.
In the Winter I would hear him getting up and down and moving around. I bought a coat with sheepskin lining.
He loved it and slept better. I think the warmth helped as well. The cold is hard on them. Swimming has made a big difference to Ernie.
Here he is in his coat. - or should say smoking jacket. He got up to the bench as I took it.