Long term use of NSAIDS

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Hi Molly is our 4yr old Sprocker. She has been diagnosed with arthritis in her shoulder, elbow,wrist and toes on her left leg 😢. She had cortisone injections into her shoulder and toes approximately 3 months ago after reduced exercise and Metacam didn’t really help. She’s now back on the Metacam, Yumove and salmon oil. She has hydro weekly which she loves and we manage her exercise as best we can with a bonkers spaniel. I’m concerned re long term use of the Metacam and have booked a review with her vet in the new year. Any advice? We keep her on the lowest dose possible she weighs 13kg and give her half the dose for her weight. She recently had a day of vomiting so stopped the Metacam immediately she has lasted 5 days but is now limping so will restart again. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading

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Lunatuck… you legend… what an amazing response!!!

thank you for the time and effort you put into that xx

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Thanks for taking the time to answer SuziChoclat.

Yes I’ve heard good things about tumeric and have done some research which looks promising. If allowed could you share the info you have about groups, recipes etc.

We no longer throw anything for Molly too which is sad but necessary. The hydro is definitely helping with muscle power and building plus she loves it. She also has massage too. I’ve made an appointment for a review with our vet to discuss blood tests etc and I have the option to go back to Northwest Surgeons to explore other medical management.

At the moment she is well and been playing in the snow (not great for arthritic paws but she loved it and I gently warmed her paws afterwards) and back on a half dose of metacam.

It’s long term management that is the key to a happy pain free dog and that’s what we all want.

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Oh sorry forgot to say you do need to check it’s ok to take the Turmeric Golden Paste with the meds your Dog is on. Have a chat with your vet they will let you know.

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Hi MollyMOO

I’ve just joined CAF today and just reading your concerns about long term meds. I felt exactly like you when my Border Collie Tai was diagnosed with arthritis in his front feet, wrists and hocks at the age of 4. I was devastated for him as he loved racing around, long walks and competing in agility. Initially I was all for quality and not quantity of life and wanted to carry on doing all the things we had always done so started him on daily Previcox (and Yumove that we were giving our other dogs) until the lameness was much improved and we could start a program of controlled exercise. We were able to reduce the Previcox to every other day and then to every two days but kept on with the max dose of Yumove which helped him a lot. Then I was diagnosed with Raynauds and was looking for a natural remedy I could take and came across Turmeric Golden Paste. After researching more about it I made some for me and it helped my Raynauds plus my arthritis pain!!

It turned out dogs can have it too and we’ve used it ever since on a daily basis and it has really helped him and our other oldies with stiffness and pain. He still has the occasional flare up in his feet and at nearly 10 has now been diagnosed with severe arthritis in his left hip too so we keep the Previcox for short term treatment when he has a major flare up. Since seeing a veterinary Physio with the hip issue she lent us her Photizo red light therapy tool and I must say I was impressed with that and have since bought one.

As others have said it is a case of managing a dogs arthritis as we would our own. We have changed a lot of household things as Lunatuck has said above. Rest, regular exercise and stretching to keep them mobile is so, so important too. I know if I do too much of certain things I will suffer some additional pain but sometimes I enjoy whatever it is so much I have decided it is worth it. And I treat Tai in the same manner, I know the things he really, really loves and I don’t want him not to be able to have those things in his life so we prepare for him doing those things occasionally.

The thing we have not done in many many years is throw anything for him. He carries his holey ball while running which keeps him satisfied.

If I am allowed to post the link of the Turmeric site I find really informative and is founded and run by a Senior Vet I will. Also happy to let you know where I buy my products from to make the recipe, it can be a bit confusing when you start. I hope I haven’t broken any rules in my first post….Admin please delete or let me know if I have. Hope things will settle down with Molly and sure you  will learn what you need to do for her t9 have a long and happy life xx

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Hi MollyM00, Yumove is only available through a vet although it is not a prescription medication. The manufacturer official line is that if the standard Yumove available online is not sufficient to manage discomfort then the dog needs to see a vet and so they have restricted its sale via vets. You can claim for it on insurance. The ingredients are detailed on the label and if you hunt about you can usually find a picture of the label ingredients list (e.g on amazon or some of the pet pharmacies) – this is how I found out the ingredients initially.

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