I have a 9 yr old Golden. He just started taking Rimadyl for his hips. He can barely get up on his own and we must help him until he gets his sea legs. When will we start to see some improvement?
Sue from Massachusetts
HI, Since all animals are different, just like people. You should ask your Vet. A lot will depend on the degree of the problem. Just give your vet a call and ask.
You need to call your vet. Every dog is different. Please check into water therapy or a holistic vet. The water therapy alone might make a huge difference. I'm so sorry about your baby. I hope he's not in any pain & the vet is taking good care of all his needs.
We had a 11 year old border collie and her arthritis got so bad that she was completely off her feet and could not even swallow food, as her arthritis even affected her jaws. The vet put her on Rimidyl 75 mg.
twice a day and within a week or two there was a definite improvement. She was up on her legs and eating again. It gave her another couple years of a good life. It is a great medicine. So, don't give up.
My dog showed improvement in just a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, this only lasted for about a year. we tried several other meds, but he was just too old. The rimandyl gave him about a year that he would not have otherwise had.
I work for a vet. Rimadyl is a wonderful product for arthritic dogs. Typically we see improvement in 3 days. All dogs are different though. Please call your vet for a dosage adjustment. Also on occasion mistakes are made with the dosage strength or frequency of the dosage. Sometimes Cosequin/chondrotin help with Rimadyl, there are other meds that might give your pet relief, too lik.previcox.
Our dog is on Rimadyl, and has been for about 5 years, she has hip dysplasia, sometime we only give 1/2 pill. Other times she needs a whole one. Started seeing an improvement in about a week. Just ordered more pills from the vet, and he wants to see her to do a kidney test on her, as she has been on them so long. Also you can give your dog Glucosamine, regular people kind.
Hi Sue, PLEASE take your precious dog off Rimadyl IMMEDIATELY. It will damage his liver and kidneys. Rather give him glucosamine with chondroitin + MSM. He can quite happily take the human one if your can't get the doggy equivalent. It comes in powder form and is just sprinkled over his food. I give it to my 10 year old staffieX and she has a spring back in her step! Do yourself a favour and google Rimadyl and read all about it. Good luck.
I had a German Shepherd mix that broke her hip and was put on Rimadyl - she did ok with it, but after 2 years taking med, she devoloped cancer and I had to have her put to sleep rather than watch her suffer. I will never again give another pet Rimadyl.
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