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 Post subject: Managing HD discomfort... alternative to Rimadyl?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:31 pm 
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Hi everyone! So, for about six months now, Maddie has been uncomfortable from hip pain. I say it's HD, although the vet didn't call it that because I guess it isn't as severe as most HD situations... she walks normally and doesn't do the "bunny hop" thing, etc. Her hips just don't fit tightly enough into the joints, so they often pop when she jumps too high. Well, I've been trying all sorts of different things since she started acting like it was bothering her. We've been going for walks instead of just playing in the yard, she's had laser treatments, and she's been on joint supplements for some time now. All of these things have definitely helped, and I'm actually planning to get another round of laser therapy done, but the only thing that really seems to knock out the pain at this point is Rimadyl. She's only 3, and I'm not stoked about the idea of having her on Rimadyl for the rest of her life.

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts/suggestions/tips for what I can do to help her be more comfortable, preferably with as few possible side effects as possible. I'm going to ask about getting a steroid shot the next time we're up at the vet, because I'm thinking she may just need something like that to help her get over these flair ups. Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks!!

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 Post subject: Re: Managing HD discomfort... alternative to Rimadyl?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:03 pm 
Steroids and Rimadyl should not be given together. Since she's young and is going to face this for the rest of her life, I would strongly consider a femoral head otectomy on both hips.


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 Post subject: Re: Managing HD discomfort... alternative to Rimadyl?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:06 pm 
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Natural pain relief:

Turmeric (can be amazing so definitely worth a try)
Green Lipped Mussel Extract
Devil's Claw

Also consider:

Hydrotherapy (to strenghten muscles so they can support joints better)
McTimoney chiropractic
TTouch

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 Post subject: Re: Managing HD discomfort... alternative to Rimadyl?
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Imo the best route with a young dog is to fix the problem over medicating to mask symptoms or pain for life. Surgery or whatever it takes would be the route I'd take

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 Post subject: Re: Managing HD discomfort... alternative to Rimadyl?
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I have an older dog that has hip pain. It's not HD, mostly it's due to age, but it still hurts. He takes Gabapentin every day, plus Metacam in the evening (he's 13, so he has other issues as well). To protect the joints from further deterioration, he takes NuJoint Plus from NuVet Labs. I definitely recommend a quality glucosamine supplement (one that has MSM as well, if possible).

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 Post subject: Re: Managing HD discomfort... alternative to Rimadyl?
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Thanks everyone!


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