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Rimadyl for inflammation

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Dakota

"Where is my- walk?"
 
 
Barked: Thu Apr 22, '10 8:44am PST 
Hi,

I am in need of someone with experience with Rimadyl for inflammation. Dakota has been off and on prednisone for 2 months until I was able to wean her completely off and get her on an NSAID Rimadyl 2 days ago. Her diagnosis is a pinched nerve which made her soooo uncomfortable. At the initial injury, she was put onto Rimadyl which did not work well enough, so we took her off that and put her onto Prednisone. That worked very well at a tapering dose for 2 months. Since being off the Pred. she now seems to be uncomfortable again. So, what I am asking is, Does Rimadyl sometimes take a while to kick in? She has really only been on it for 2 days now but I was thinking she would seem a little more comfortable. She is also on a low dose of tramadol, methacarbomal, and Amantadine once a day. Any experience with Rimadyl for nerves or arthritis is greatly appreciated!
Thanks!!
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Foxxy

Pocket Wolf
 
 
Barked: Thu Apr 22, '10 9:31am PST 
my in law's 16 year old border collie is on rimadyl for his arthritis. It seems to work for him, though I think it's hard on his kidneys. He's sleeping pretty much all the time now, but I think that has to do with old age more than anything, but when Fox got rimadyl when she got spayed it made her a bit sleepy too. It seems to work as far as I can tell.

It might be the case that it has to build up in the system. All I can tell from toby is you can really tell when you've missed a dose hug

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Shellie - *RIP*

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Barked: Thu Apr 22, '10 12:47pm PST 
It can take some time (usually should see some difference in 12-24 hours but longer for 'full effect' to kick in but if it's a nerve issue the rimadyl may not help all that much. You might ask your vet about adding some Neurontin, it helps with some nerve issues and nerve pain.
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Leah, CGC

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Barked: Thu Apr 22, '10 3:30pm PST 
Neurontin (Gabapentin) is very similar to Amantadine so if that is working I wouldn't add teh neurontin but it may be worth it to try neurontin instead of amantadine to see if you can increase the pain control.

Rimadyl is a NSAID so it works by decreasing inflammation around whatever is causing the pain. It will never work as well as prednisone not matter what. Prednisone is a steriod and its anti-inflammation powers are fantastic. However it comes with a host of very serious sideffects. I would try increasing the tramadol to see if that helps keep the pain under control. Rimadyl will bring the inflammation down but he most likely will need additional pain control (ie more tramadol).

Do you give rimadyl once or twice daily?? It is labeled and used either way. Some people swear by the twice daily dosing and claim it does a better job with keeping the inflammation down so you could try twice daily dosing if you are not already doing that.

Pinched nerves are just not fun for you or your pet. I know you have been dealing with this for a while...I hope its getting better!
Good Luck
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Dakota

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Barked: Thu Apr 22, '10 5:37pm PST 
this is in response to Leah's post response. You said Rimadyl never works as well as prednisone in decreasing the inflammation. But, even if she was only on 5 mg a day? I figured if I could get her off the 5mg and on a higher dose of the Rimadyl than it would be almost = and with less harmful effects. But, is this wishful thinking? She has only been on the Amantadine for 3 days, but it doesn't seem to make her feel any different.

I figured hopefully she got to a state of healing from being on prednisone...and that this time Rimadyl would be enough to control the pain.
Does that make any sense? Any ideas.
Thanks so much for your support! It means a lot. What about the neurontin..any good?
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Leah, CGC

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Barked: Thu Apr 22, '10 7:37pm PST 
Amantadine takes longer than 3 days to see an effect - In my experience (I have used in my own dog as well as have seen people use it for their pets as well especially after spinal injuries) it can take a couple weeks to see an effect sometimes. Here is more info on what amantadine is and why it works Amantadine Info

From what I understand (which is limited in the biochem world) steroids just work better than any manufactered NSAID we can make even in the human medicine world. As of right now we have been unable to create a NSAID that comes close to decreasing inflammation as well as the corticosteriods like prednisone. I don't mean this to be discouraging and I still think long term use of oral steroids is dangerous for many reasons but it still is the way it is.

Have you considered or spoke with the vet about a direct steroid injection into the site?? It may be a little risky due to the area but a board certified surgeon may be able to inject steriods directly into the area causing relief for up to 6 months. This may be an option. We did this for Cara's knee one time and it worked awesomly!

Sorry - Hope this helps
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Dakota

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Barked: Fri Apr 23, '10 8:58am PST 
Hi Leah,

Thanks for the info. I would love to try a direct injection, but the vets do not know exactly what is even wrong nor where for that matter. It's awful. I've been to holistic vet, oseto specialists, you name it. They don't know if it is nerves or muscular or both. She already tried the Gabapentin..not so much help. She is doing better don't get me wrong. But, not like my super dog always was. Everything is different now, she is slightly fearful of everything..as if she is not sure it is going to hurt her again.
IDK it's very downing on the both of us. I'll give the Amantadine some time to work with the Rimadyl and keep my fingers crossed. If not, back on Pred at a low dose she goes.
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Leah, CGC

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Barked: Fri Apr 23, '10 9:54am PST 
Have you been tested for spinal meningitis?
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Dakota

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Barked: Fri Apr 23, '10 12:41pm PST 
No, not yet. Are her symptoms similar?
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Dakota

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Barked: Fri Apr 23, '10 1:46pm PST 
No, not yet. Are her symptoms similar?
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