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How to take my dog off rimadyl
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ksbennett posted:
My dog, who is a 63lbs, 2 year old lab, has knee dysplasia and has a limp. the Vet prescribed rimadyl back in march 2011. she was on it for a couple weeks, started to feel better, and i then i stopped it. over the summer i didn't have her on it because she wasn't limping and seemed fine. In Oct she started to limp really bad because i moved to a place with stairs (cheaper residence to afford her medical expenses). So for 3 months, she's been back on rimadyl (half a pill, once a day). She's been doing a lot better. I want to take her off of it again and start doing a healthier alternative with hydrotherapy. Do I have to ease off the dosage or can i completely stop giving her the med?
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An_254998 responded:
I would like to find out the answer to this question, do I have to ease him off the dosage or can I completely stop giving the med? I have a golden that's almost 2 and weighs 73 lbs. He's been on rimadly for the past 2 months because of hip dysplasia (already osteoarthritis). After reading the horrible stories about this drug I am going to take him off. Hes been on 1/3 of a pill twice a day. I also use dasequin daily and laser treatments once a week which help amazing for anyone that has not tried this treatment.Has anyone tried flexadin or saraquin which are some alternatives that I have recently read about?
 
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Dear ks... So happy tolearn that your lab had a posi tive response to Rimadyl. Alas the original instability /injury appears to still be affecting your dog. Treating joint issues is often needs a multi-modal approach. Your veterinarian is the best one to discuss what options are best for you and your dog. Keep your pet light in weight. Offer appropriate exercise to keep his muscle strong. A NSAID like Rimadyl can be extremely effective in decreasing pain and inflammation. Finding the lowest effective dose given at the frequency that assists is the optimal way of avoiding potential adverse side effects. Have your pet checked periodically and have lab work run to be sure all is well internally. You can just stop the medication if you desire. You don't need to wean him off.
Best of luck...
Dr. Cruz


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