My dog is 17 years old. lab/shepherd mix. He has arthritis in hind legs. last week he couldn't get up on his own for the first time. the vet put him on tramadol,the following day he got up on his own.Now they want him on rimadyl. I'm afraid of that pill.I read that some dogs died on that pill. I like the tramadol.My vet gave me the impression that he can only use tramadol for a short period of time. Does anyone have a dog on this pill? Can they continue taking this on a regular schedule,its helping my dog so much Thank you for any advice
There are other medications on the market for dogs with arthritis besides Rimadyl. There is is also Previcox and Deramaxx. You may want to inquire of your vet if he carries either of those two drugs. Some NSAID's work better with some animals than others. Tramadol is usually used in conjunction with these other medications, when these other meds are just not enough. At 17 years of age your Lab/Shep mix is facing a quality of life issue without the medications. I do not understand why your vet would be hesitant to keep him on meds that are obviously making his days pain free. I am also unsure what kind of time frame your vet is saying. Does he think 1 month is too long or 1 year? I have seen dogs on Tramadol for long periods of time...up to a year with no adverse effects on them otherwise.
I'm sorry to say that your dog has lived beyond what most dogs of his breed usually do. Anything that works to keep him pain free and still enjoying life should be done IMO. If you are worried about adverse effects then I suggest a routine blood panel...CBC and Health Screen.... be run to make sure kidney and liver values are functioning normally. Those tests are usually run every 6 months while on these types of medications to insure things are still running smoothly.
Thank you so much for your reply. I am going to speak with vet again. I think my dog is doing great just on the tramadol alone. I'm just worried about the rimadyl after reading comments from other people. He gave him a blood test before prescribing the medication. everything came back fine. Other then the problem with getting up on his hind legs, he's in good condition. Since I'm giving him the tramadol, he now gets up on his own. He eats great,loves water and of course his treats. I realize I am lucky to have him this long and I realize he will one day be in doggy heaven,but for now I want him for as long I can have him stay. Thank you again
I have had a dog on Deramaxx and he did wonderful on it and no side effects. Ultram (Tramadol) is really only used for the pain itself and does no benefit in the way of acting as an anti-inflammatory as well, which is what your dog needs.
I would look into one of the other meds Scout mentioned, Metacam is also a good pain reliever/anti-inflammatory. Though with your dogs size, it may be more economical to go with the Deramaxx.
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Thank you for your suggestion. I will change from Rimadyl. It makes me nervous. Everyone is so helpful on this site.Will definitely continue with this discussion forum. Great info.... Thanks to all again
Tramadol is used in people because it works like a narcotic, but does not have the unpleasant side effect of slowing down the intestines, which causes constipation. It is ok to piggy back with the nsaids.,but yes, it is only for pain relief, it will not reduce inflammation. How blesed you are to have a senior in such otherwise good health. Please do use the rimadyl, it is a good drug and I think your vet knows best. It does come in a generic, too. I use it alot on my Dobies..good stuff!
Thank you. I am very lucky to have my friend still with me. I love him so much. I have been so sick over this. I'm trying to stay calm but its hard. The advice that I'm getting does help me Again I thank everyone....I will let you know his progress,so far he's doing good,getting up on his own.
I have another question relating to rimadyl. I have done everything to get him to take this pill. the first 3 days no problem. now he fights with me. I have put the pill in his favorite foods. now he's not eating at all today. is it the pill doing this or is he wise to what I'm doing by the way he is up and walking. but now what do I do if I can't get this down him and what if he continues not eating. Back to step one thank you in advance for your help
They work wonders. We use them at work to pill all our boarders and hopsital patients. Plus I use them at home and even my most stubborn dog who will not under any circumstance allow me to pill him, will eat these and doesn't realize they have a pill in them.
If they don't work, crush the pill into a powdery form and mix with a tablespoon of canned food.
Alot of dogs will eat BilJak frozen food, you can get it at Walmart in the frozen food section my dog wouldn't eat and she scarfed down the Biljac so, get some Nutrical it's a high calorie suppliment.get that at petsmart