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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Are the injections painful to them?


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    Oh gosh absolutely NOT… I was giving them to Roxie, they go just barely under the skin (like insulin) Roxie never even moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnam View Post
    I don't really know the answer, Jessica, but I'll be interested to hear what other members have to say. My dog Jack has some arthritis in his left hip where he had surgery. The side effects are scary. And the two vets I've talked to about it say that it should be used when necessary. For example, the instructions are if Jack is having a bad day, give him Rimadyl. If he's having a good day, don't. That sounds so vague to me! I guess for me it's hard to tell if he's "having a bad day" or not. He limps a little when he gets up from a nap almost everyday! Dogs can't tell you if they're having a bad day and they don't complain. How bad of a day is Rimadyl worthy?!
    I'm in the same boat as you Donna, I mean what is good vs bad. Yeah, he's slow to get up, but gets up fine. He may limp a little for about 30 seconds and then he's fine. I really don't know. I need to keep doing more research. I'm going to look into the injections as well to see how they compare.

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    I actually forgot all about the Metacam… I didn't use it regularly, but that really helped Roxie when she was in pain. I did not notice ANY side effects w/her except for maybe loose stools. I actually did the Adequan injections at home for Roxie, and she never had any issues w/the injections. I noticed right away that she would be back to her old self...

    Roxie ended up having cushings disease as well, which is in layman's terms tumors (pea-sized) on the pancreas. She was taking meds for that, but we realized that she also had a tumor in her brain and that was causing her to have seizures and she became unable to walk or eat. We made the painful decision to have her put to sleep in Feb, but she lived to be 10 years 8 mos which is a pretty good span for a boxer.
    The more research I do, the more I'm starting to lean towards the Adequan injections. I read that you have to do 2 a week for up to 4 weeks. I wonder if this is initially then you use as needed? I also read alot about just doing the injections as home. Gosh, decisions. I am going to talk to the vet tomorrow - I should get his bloodwork results then. And see what she thinks. The injections have WAY less side effects vs the rimadyl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    The more research I do, the more I'm starting to lean towards the Adequan injections. I read that you have to do 2 a week for up to 4 weeks. I wonder if this is initially then you use as needed? I also read alot about just doing the injections as home. Gosh, decisions. I am going to talk to the vet tomorrow - I should get his bloodwork results then. And see what she thinks. The injections have WAY less side effects vs the rimadyl.
    I used Adequan on both Nitschke (took them like a champ) and Banks.... yes, you do many shots a week and then work down to one shot a month. I forget the breakdown and it may even be different now as it was a few years ago that I did all that. Banks had arthritis in her spine and hips.... she was initially on the shots, but the drama and stress it caused her just was not worth the benefit of it for me. So I spoke with our vet and we placed her on Deramaxx and Tramadol.... after a couple years we had to add the gabapetin and then the laser therapy. Banks LOVED, LOVED, LOVED her laser sessions, it was basically a 45 min massage once a month and we could totally notice when she was due for her session. She would be a little slower coming up the stairs or getting off the sofa, but the next morning after a session she was puppy-fied again.
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    I used Adequan on both Nitschke (took them like a champ) and Banks.... yes, you do many shots a week and then work down to one shot a month. I forget the breakdown and it may even be different now as it was a few years ago that I did all that. Banks had arthritis in her spine and hips.... she was initially on the shots, but the drama and stress it caused her just was not worth the benefit of it for me. So I spoke with our vet and we placed her on Deramaxx and Tramadol.... after a couple years we had to add the gabapetin and then the laser therapy. Banks LOVED, LOVED, LOVED her laser sessions, it was basically a 45 min massage once a month and we could totally notice when she was due for her session. She would be a little slower coming up the stairs or getting off the sofa, but the next morning after a session she was puppy-fied again.

    Why did the shots give her stress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Why did the shots give her stress?
    Because she was a drama queen beeeoch She wanted nothing to do with any needle that was given by me, not even food distraction worked, however if I took her to the vet for the shot, no problem, she just sat there for him
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    The more research I do, the more I'm starting to lean towards the Adequan injections. I read that you have to do 2 a week for up to 4 weeks. I wonder if this is initially then you use as needed? I also read alot about just doing the injections as home. Gosh, decisions. I am going to talk to the vet tomorrow - I should get his bloodwork results then. And see what she thinks. The injections have WAY less side effects vs the rimadyl.
    You need to get them at serum level, and then you taper off depending on their activity levels. You can tell right away if it's working… I think Roxie started at shots every other day for a couple of weeks, and then she was down to once a week, and then maintenance was every other week. It also depends on their age, and how much they are hurting, Roxie was pretty old for a boxer...

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    I just got a call back from the vet - she said Tyson's bloodwork is PERFECT. I have been so anxious - I am the type that goes to the worst right away. Ugh, what a relief!! So I also discussed laser & injections with her. We are not going to do the Rimadyl, instead I think I'm going to start him on the laser therapy as early as next week. She said to do both the laser & injections at the same time, HOWEVER I want to start with just one thing at a time, and see how he does. If I do both at the same time I won't know which is working per say. Does that make sense? @2BullyMama - she raved about the laser, so I'm feeling really good about it. Just like you said, she said it feels like a warm massage. What I wanted to ask you was this. She said she would do 3 treatments the first week, 2 the second week, and 1 the following week, then kinda phase out to once a month depending on he does. Does this sound pretty accurate on how you started with Banks?

    Guys, I am so relieved on his bloodwork. With his age, I've been scared and told that things come on fast, and unexpected, etc. So I will have his bloodwork done every 6 months. But she said it was literally, perfect... she said he is in phenomenal shape for his age; besides the arthritis which we are tackling now to get him some relief. She also said, "this is a true sign of how well dogs do as they get older when they have parents who truly take care of them, and do everything possible to keep them healthy"
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    That's great news Jessica!!
    I knew Ty was in great shape- he's got the best mama taking care of him!!

    I'm curious to know how he does after the laser therapy...


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    That's great news! I know you'll keep us posted on his progress--I'll be anxious to see how it goes!

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    That's great news Jessica!!
    I knew Ty was in great shape- he's got the best mama taking care of him!!

    I'm curious to know how he does after the laser therapy...
    You already know I will keep you guys posted all throughout I love that its a holistic approach and with no side effects!

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    I just got a call back from the vet - she said Tyson's bloodwork is PERFECT. I have been so anxious - I am the type that goes to the worst right away. Ugh, what a relief!! So I also discussed laser & injections with her. We are not going to do the Rimadyl, instead I think I'm going to start him on the laser therapy as early as next week. She said to do both the laser & injections at the same time, HOWEVER I want to start with just one thing at a time, and see how he does. If I do both at the same time I won't know which is working per say. Does that make sense? @2BullyMama - she raved about the laser, so I'm feeling really good about it. Just like you said, she said it feels like a warm massage. What I wanted to ask you was this. She said she would do 3 treatments the first week, 2 the second week, and 1 the following week, then kinda phase out to once a month depending on he does. Does this sound pretty accurate on how you started with Banks?

    Guys, I am so relieved on his bloodwork. With his age, I've been scared and told that things come on fast, and unexpected, etc. So I will have his bloodwork done every 6 months. But she said it was literally, perfect... she said he is in phenomenal shape for his age; besides the arthritis which we are tackling now to get him some relief. She also said, "this is a true sign of how well dogs do as they get older when they have parents who truly take care of them, and do everything possible to keep them healthy"
    @Donnam @ddnene @nycbullymama
    What great news --- love, love love good news from vet appointments! TyTy has a superb Momma!

    I can not say enough great things about laser therapy... Banks loved it (that may be an understatement since she could not talk ) and we totally noticed a difference in her movement and pain levels. And, yes, we did as you describe with Banks... memory is cloudy on exacts, but it was like 3 a week, then 2 a week, then once a week, once every two weeks and then once a month. We could also go in at any time for an extra session as we saw fit.... I highly recommend it.

    Banks' arthritis was sever .... our vet would always shake his head when he looked at her x-rays and say ' any other breed and she would not be able to walk' (pain tolerance plays a big role) that is why we did all the pain meds in addition to the laser, her spine was loaded with it.

    Edit --- also, you can be with him the whole time for the treatment too... it is not anything you have to be away from him for. I took Banks, but I always waited in the lobby for her cause she squirmed around when I was in the room... without me there, the techs told me she would lay on the floor and just relax/sleep -- they really enjoyed doing her sessions
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