How do you feel about the drug rimadyl for arthritis?

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I’d like to share my dogs story. She is an Akita at 8 years old she developed a large abscess in her back. The vet did surgery thought she may have foreign body. It went down after surgery but came back. They did surgery again thought maybe didn’t get it out. It came back again… This was ongoing for over a year and Bella was on steroids all this time. She tore both acls, developed diabetes and lost her eyesite. We were referred to. Dermatologist tried different drugs and final conclusion was she has an immune disease and is taking drug atopica which has kept this disease at bay… In meantime she tore both Acls which vets did not want to do surgery on because of her health, her diabetes is gone and we fixed her eyesight so she can see again! Problem now is her hips, arthritis etc… I hear rimadyl can be quite dangerous but she limps and Is really starting to have hard time walking. She is now 11. She has been taking gabapentin but doesn’t seem to be enough anymore. Is there anything else you think I could be doing to help? Thanks for your time

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Asked on January 18, 2016 3:50 am
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I have used Rimadyl with real success throughout the years at the Sanctuary. It does require monitoring of organ function. The question comes down to risk versus reward. There are risks, but the rate of problems is relatively low. If the discomfort from the hips is high, the potential gain is great. Another alternative to consider is tramadol.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on January 21, 2016 5:03 pm
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