January 3rd 2007 4:01 pm
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Christmas time is such a hard time for my mommy. She misses me so much - especially since I went to Rainbow bridge during Christmas. She still puts up my stocking every year so I know she loves me and misses me still.
Now it is my brother Mighty Max that gets the toys and treats from Santa Paws but that is ok. Mommy still reminds him about me each year -- and he still tries to take my stocking!
I can't believe I have been gone this long and my mom still tears up thinking about me.....
September 8th 2005 5:49 am
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Below is the entry for Cinnamon on the Senior Dogs Site - www.srdogs.com It was written less than a month after Cinnamon died. I was devastated and still am - but have since tried to help educate people about the potential dangers of this "wonder drug". I am not one of the people who lost my dog to Rimadyl and am screaming at others to never use it. I just want people to know the potential risks and what you can do to safe guard your pet. I am trying to look at the while situation logically not just emotionally because as we all know - losing a pet can be devastating, especially to those of us who have no children so we treat our pets as if they were our kids!
Rimadyl has killed thousands of dogs, some reported under adverse reactions and some not reported at all so the true total number of deaths due to this drug will never really be known. Rimadyl has also helped thousands of dogs regain a better quality of life and eased their pain. My main point is to get people to educate themselves on how to use this drug effectively and wisely. There are certain tests that should be done to establish a baseline functionality of the heart, liver, bloodwork etc and the dog should be tested again to check those levels - especially if the dog is going to be on the drug for any length of time. Cinnamon did not show any signs or symptoms of their being any problems until it was too late. Putting a pet on a drug can be expensive so to me it is worth the extra expense of running the tests. There is no requirement of course - but I would have preferred to have been able to make an educated choice about whether or not to place Cinnamon on Rimadyl. At the time, there were already over 400 reported deaths by the FDA as caused by Rimadyl. Had I known that one fact - I never would have put her on it.
So here is her story and please allow her to help educate you if you know nothing of Rimadyl - and please talk to your vet and get as much current information as you can if you have to choose whether or not to use this drug. (The report below is in a specific format but feel free to email me with any questions)
1/10/00 -- Death #75: 8-Year-Old Long-haired Mini Dachshund Develops Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia; No Side Effects Warnings Given by Vet
Breed: Long haired miniature dachshund (female, "Cinnamon")
Age: 8 years 9 months
Reason for Rimadyl RX: Joint pain and beginnings of arthritis in hips
Dog's weight and dosage taken: 13 pounds; 25 mg per day in half pill increments
When reaction occurred following initial dose: 35 days
Symptoms: lethargy, vomiting, lack of appetite, collapsed while walking to the front door
Date of death: December 27, 1999 at 8:45 AM Euthanized due to severe Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia
Did vet seem informed about side effects and inform you?: "Absolutely not!"
Remarks on Dog's Rimadyl Experience: "I need to report another 'suspected' Rimadyl- related death. Cinnamon was an 8-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund who had the beginnings of rheumatoid arthritis but was otherwise a healthy, young dog. She did take Phenobarbital for seizures and Sentinel for heartworm and flea prevention. Those were the only medications she was on. I took Cinnamon to my vet on 11/19/99 specifically to inquire about Rimadyl as a possible solution, since she was experiencing muscle pain in her back legs -- especially after sleeping. She would wake up with a limp of her back right leg. I asked about the Rimadyl as I had seen the commercial on TV constantly promising miraculous results and promising no side effects. I asked what I thought were the appropriate questions: Is this right for Cinnamon since she is only 8? Will it conflict with the Phenobarbital or Sentinel? Were there any side effects and what should I watch for? Was there anything else I needed to consider or do before putting her on it? After being assured that it was safe and would not conflict with her other medications, my vet gave her a prescription of 25 mg per day distributed in half pill increments 12 hours apart. Her weight was 13 lbs., so she was getting 12.5 mg per dose given twice daily. She was dead in 37 days from Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. She did not show any signs of problems or adverse reactions until after 35 days. She was lethargic, her appetite decreased (but she still ate). However, her stool was slightly orange. She then vomited three times during the night between day 35 and day 36. On day 36, she had no appetite, was extremely lethargic, vomited again, and collapsed while walking to the front door. I took her to the 24-hour emergency vet, explained her symptoms and they began to search for the reason. An X-ray was taken, and blood was drawn. A heart murmur was present and her heart was enlarged. She had never been previously diagnosed with a heart murmur. Her 'paxel' level was 13, and her blood smear was abnormal, at which point she was diagnosed with Unexplained Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia. She was admitted to the hospital and given steroids. During the course of the next hours, her paxel level dropped to 12 and she was given a blood transfusion or oxyglobe. She began to hyperventilate prior to the transfusion and the transfusion did not help. She was euthanized the morning of day 37 on 12/27/99, and I was in total shock. I plan to educate both my vet and the 24-hour Animal Emergency Clinic that tried to save her, as they do not have all the information they need. I work for a medical publishing company and plan to talk to the publishers of our parent company to see how we can help pass the word about this incredibly toxic drug. Why has there not been more published about the adverse reactions so many dogs experienced? There have apparently been thousands, and who knows how many unreported."
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