dog with arthritis do i need to put him down?
Topic: dog with arthritis do i need to put him down?
June 25, 2019 / By Alannis Question:
I have a 15 year old dog with arthritis, he can barely walk or stand. We took him to the vet yesterday and he gave us rimadryl. We have been taking it faithfully.
Is there anything else we can do for him?
If so what and what doses, how long till we see results?
Do we need to put him down?
Best Answers: dog with arthritis do i need to put him down?
Trev | 6 days ago
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that can be caused by normal wear and tear on the joints over a long period of time. Eventually joint cartillage can wear down and then you have bone grating on bone, which is very painful.
Think of joint cartillage like a brick wall. Your body is the bricklayer, and time is the enemy firing weapons at your wall. Your bricklayer is pretty good at putting up bricks, but he has a very sporadic supply train (blood) giving him replacement bricks and mortar. If there was a way to increase the supply train, your bricklayer would be able to work faster. He will never be faster than the enemy, but he can stall defeat.
In my clinic we counsel clients theat treatment of arthritis is a three-pronged approach.
1) control pain and inflammation. This is achieved through the use of drugs such as NSAIDS (Rimadyl, Previcox, Deramaxx) or when these drugs become innefective, you can advance to the cortisone drugs.
2) Give the joints what they need to repair themselves (think back to your bricklayer.) This means fortifying his diet with the building blocks of cartillage- glucosamine and chondroitin. Plus, there is exciing new research that an amino acid (chromium ethylester- sold under the brand name Rejuvinate) has a catalytic effect on the glucosamine and chondroitin, making them work even better.
3) Retain muscle mass and range of motion. Mild exercise (several short walks per day- no more than what is comfortable for your dog) is very beneficial in the treatment of arthritis. There are also veterinary physical therapy centers that have underwater treadmills for dogs also, so that they can walk without thier full weight on the joints. Swimming is great, too!
At the end of the day, addressing the problem of arthritis from all three angles will give yout the best result and make him comfortable for the longest period of time, but ultimately your dog will reach a point where he is no longer having a good quality of life. No one knows your dog like you, so no one besides you- not even your vet- can know when he is ready to give up the fight.
Best of luck, and my heart goes out to you. IM me if you want any other info.
And apologies for the typos- i'm typing with a broken wrist!
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Originally Answered: Is it possible that I may have arthritis?
What other autoimmune diseases do you have? Most autoimmune diseases cause joint pain as a symptom, so it could definitely be related to your pre-exisiting conditions.
Do you experience any swelling, heat or morning stiffness? These are give-away symptoms of RA or autoimmune arthritis.
Autoimmune diseases do seem to run in families and those with autoimmune diseases are more likely to develop others.
I've had arthritis since I was 8, I've got friends who've had it since before their first birthday.
It could be arthritis, but the only way to know is to see a rheumatologist. There are blood tests that the doctors will order to identify if you have certain antibodies in your body or inflammation. You can also have fluid removed from your joint and analysed as well as MRIs and x-rays.
If he is in constant pain with poor quality of life it would be more humane to have him put down. Give him a few days to see if the meds make a difference. It is a very tough decision and I don't envy you that. Good luck.
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I would never suggest you put your dog down. Its a painful decision to make. We had to put our family dog down this year and let me tell you I don't regret it because he was in pain however I could not bare to watch my dog suffer. Just remember you are in more control of the situation than they are and dogs will fight to the bitter end. I love dogs.
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Do not add any other medicine to rimadyl unless your vet reccomends to do so. Give the meds time to work, it's only been since yesterday. If things aren't improving in a week or so call your vet and discuss other options.
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Give him a few days to see if the medication will work. Joint supplements can also make him more comfortable. If the medication can't help, then it's time to let him go. It is never an easy decision, but it is our duty to not let our beloved pets suffer just because it causes us heartache.
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Originally Answered: Arthritis help please!? Thanks!?
Did the vet take xrays to see how much damage is in her hock?
Did he inject her hock joint with legend or inject it IV?
Honestly, there is no way to know 100% what your mare's prognosis is. Mild arthritis is usually manageable. Her hocks could be fusing, and that could be causing her pain (and once they are finished it could relieve her pain). Xrays, read by a very good vet could give you better answers. You may want to limit things that are hard on her hocks in hopes of keeping her sound longer, but that's something that you and your vet should figure out based on how bad her hocks really are. It is pretty common for a horse of her age that has had a highly athletic career to have some arthritis, actually it would be hard to find one that doesn't.
The best thing to do, would be put her on a good joint supplement.. With joint supplements, most of the time you get what you pay for. The industry isn't well regulated, so there are a lot of rip offs out there. I would try Cosequin ASU,
or GLC 5500.
GLC 5500 doesn't have MSM in it, so you would have to add that, but MSM is cheap.
There are also conflicting views over the effectiveness of oral Hyaluronic Acid (which what Legend is) but it would be worth a try (it is pretty spendy).
As much turn out as possible also helps arthritic horses.
If your vet didn't inject her actual joint, you may want to talk to the vet about doing that.
There is also a drug, its actually injectable glucosamine, called Adequan that you inject IM every 4 days for a month (7 doses) and then monthly after that.
I would recommend trying Adequan before Legend IV (Legend injected IV rather than directly into the joint). Legend IV works similar, but has less of a protective effect as Adequan. Some people actually use both, but that can get pretty spendy.
Its most likely going to be a matter of trial and error until you find what works best for your mare, but keep your chin up, mild arthritis usually isn't the end of the world for a horse... its just expensive to manage.