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Post Posted: Mar 20, 2017 8:28 am 
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I have a not too old heeler who is suffering from arthritis. With our current veterinarian, we have tried a couple different meds, as well as laser therapy. Nothing seems to be working for our poor in pain dog. Does anyone know of a local vet who specializes in arthritis in dogs? Do we need to go down to VRCC? I just want him to not be in so much pain :( .


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i am sorry :(
VRCC would be a great place to start. It will not be cheap, but they have all the specialists in the area on staff. If you could see them and get on a regimen, then maybe the local vet could take over.


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I highly recommend Dr. Patsy Mich at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. www.wheatridgeanimal.com 303-424-3325 She specializes in pain management and rehabilitation.


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Have you tried Previcox? We found it to be very effective for our dog's joint pain...

It is so hard to have an animal in pain. I hope you find the best solution...


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Rimadyl worked wonders for our dog, he was a heeler and lab mix, within about 10 days he was back to his old self, very active and we were able to cut back on the dosage. Before rimadyl, as bad as he was and as fast as it happened there was no way I thought is could have been arthritis. I thought for sure we were going to lose him. You will find many good reviews of rimadyl, many will call it a miracle drug, I did, but there are about as many not good honestly. They have to have blood work done to watch their liver it can cause damage and other levels have to be watched. Read up on it. We saw Dr Dawn at Lone Rock, she tool great care of him. Old age finally caught up to him, arthritis didn't get him.


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Thank you all for your suggestions. We did try Previcox, and didn't feel it worked very well. He was switched to a different arthritis med, which I can't remember the name of, and Tramadol. He still is in a lot of pain. Rimadyl was suggested to me by an acquaintance, and that is going to be the next med we try (we have an appointment for blood work scheduled). Thank you, TC. I hope it works as well for our dog as it did yours.

A couple of the vet techs also suggested acupuncture. Anyone have any experience with that? I don't know how I'd get Digger to sit still for that!


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Rimadyl had my first Wheaten back to walking great within just a few days. Just do the follow up blood work they suggest.

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Thank you all for your suggestions. We did try Previcox, and didn't feel it worked very well. He was switched to a different arthritis med, which I can't remember the name of, and Tramadol. He still is in a lot of pain. Rimadyl was suggested to me by an acquaintance, and that is going to be the next med we try (we have an appointment for blood work scheduled). Thank you, TC. I hope it works as well for our dog as it did yours.

A couple of the vet techs also suggested acupuncture. Anyone have any experience with that? I don't know how I'd get Digger to sit still for that!

I had an elderly dog who could barely walk. Dr. Diana Roberts did acupuncture on her and it was amazing. Within a month she was much better, but then passed away from something else. Dr. Roberts' clinic is Harmony Animal Wellness in Kittredge. She used to come to my house to do the treatments. My current vet, Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital in Conifer, also has staff who do acupuncture, but I haven't used them. My current elderly dog, who is a large lab/pyreness mix, has been on Meloxicam and now Rimadyl (I use the generic Novox which is less expensive) for arthritis. She has developed some stomach issues so I don't know if she'll be able to continue with the Novox. It is so hard to watch your pets in pain and not be able to do anything. I hope you can find some solutions to help your dog's pain.


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Two of our dogs received PRP (plalet rich plasma) injections at VRCC and it did wonders for their arthritis. It allowed us to delay the use of NSAIDS for years. Since the injections are done with the dogs own blood, there were no side effects other than some soreness for a day or two. You can also try adding gabapentin and/or amantadine along with the NSAID.

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It turns out we have already tried Rimadyl, under the name Carprofen. Sadly, it is one of the meds that also hasn't worked for him. At our visit this morning, our vet recommended a new arthritis med that just hit the market last month, so we will be trying that. I'll update this thread with how well that works, in case anyone else is in the same boat we are with their dog.

If this doesn't help him, we will be heading down to VRCC.

I do really appreciate all of your suggestions and sharing your experiences.


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I would highly recommend VRCC from our past experiences.


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