01-16-2010, 12:03 PM #1
Arthritis in dogs - Alternative meds??
I was wondering if anybody Knew of any alternative over the counter meds that work fairly well for dogs with arthritis.
My Freedom is senior dog and when we have bad weather (rain, high humidity, etc...) her bones really ache.
I realized Rimadyl is especially good and would be ideal and I'm sure it is highly recommended but the costs are outragious. Does anybody know of a good Alternative that is preferably over the counter?
Glucosamine (takes around 4 weeks to take effect)
Powdered Vitamin C will help protect against further joint deterioration
01-16-2010, 05:47 PM #3
How much does she weigh?
My Doberman was on Metacam the last year he was a live and I was paying $80 every 2 weeks for the liquid and I just couldn't afford it anymore. So I did some research. You can buy Melaloxicam (generic Metacam) at Walmart for $10 for 3 months supply. Zeus weighed 90lbs started out w/ 1/2 a pill and went up to 1 pill 2x a day at the end, but it worked and saved me a ton of money. He was taking the 7 mg pills.
Also if pain is really bad you can combine with Tramadol (another prescription) that is also inexpensive.
My vet just called the script into the pharmacy for me as needed. Might be something to look into for Freedom.
Of course joint supplements are a good addition too.
01-16-2010, 05:52 PM #4
I use a glucosamine/MSM supplement. Adding condroitin to that can help as well as fish oil for inflammation.
01-16-2010, 07:36 PM #5
01-16-2010, 07:40 PM #6
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Tramadol is great.
My vet calls it into the Walmart pharmacy for me, where it is only $4.
01-16-2010, 09:22 PM #8
There's a lot of medications you can get that is the same thing at the vets, at Walmart. It's only $4, but you'll have to have your vet give you a prescription, which I don't think they can refuse.
Here's a list of Arthritis meds that you can get at Walmart that are used for pets too:
Arthritis & Pain
Allopurinol 100mg tab
Allopurinol 300mg tab
Baclofen 10mg tab
Colchicine 0.6mg tab
Cyclobenzaprine 5mg tab
Cyclobenzaprine 10mg tab
Dexamethasone 0.5mg tab
Dexamethasone 0.75mg tab
Dexamethasone 4mg tab
Diclofenac DR 75mg tab
Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml susp*
Ibuprofen 400mg tab
Ibuprofen 600mg tab
Ibuprofen 800mg tab
Indomethacin 25mg cap*
Meloxicam 7.5mg tab
Meloxicam 15mg tab
Naproxen 375mg tab*
Naproxen 500mg tab*
Piroxicam 20mg cap
Salsalate 500mg tab
Last edited by Rits; 01-16-2010 at 09:26 PM.
Gretchen had ACL surgery and was put on Rimadyl after.
I didn't want to worry about the possible effects on her organs from the use...or go through monthly blood panels.
A Basset Hound Rescue person turned me onto DGP
I order it from this website because it's cheaper to buy 4 at a time.
I also give her K9 Liquid Health Glucosamine
I buy a couple of the 32oz. bottles.
Gretchen is doing great and showing no signs of pain or distress with these added to her food. ;)
02-16-2010, 01:40 AM #10New Pup
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02-16-2010, 07:47 AM #11Silver Member
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I have a severely arthritic dog. I give her glucosamine, fish oil, tramadol, and rimadyl every morning. Sometime I have to add amantadine.
They make a generic rimadyl now. My vet recommends 1/2 the normal dosage. Between the savings on the lower dose and switching to the generic, it becomes much more affordable. Might be worth asking. The generic is not a chewable and must be hidden in food.
On this combination, my dog lives a normal life. She isn't just "okay," she can go for three or four mile hikes. Off the meds, she can't walk.
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