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Old 03-04-2011, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help, I have a wonderful alomost 9 year old Brindle named Otto and he's suffering from Degenerative Myopathy. His back legs just are not working anymore and he's having a lot of mobility issues. The vet have given him oral steroids and we also went to a chiropractor with no luck. Somone suggested Rymodol and I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with this drug. I know there are a ton of side effects but the fact is he's 9 and I just want him to be comfortable and mobile for the rest of his life.

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Old 03-04-2011, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I assume you're talking about rimadyl? If not then disregard...

I don't know much about this drug but I can say that Filbert was on it after his neuter/having a cyst removed from his head and he didn't appear to be in any discomfort. All I know is it worked for us and is also used in dogs for arthritis. Good luck, hopefully someone else will have more info.

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Yes I meant Rimadyl. Sorry about that and thanks for the update and the compliments on my dogs
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I think the trick is to find the one that works best for your dog. I found rimadyl helped the most but only for 4-6 days and then quit working.

We tried a bunch of stuff including Prednisone, Deramaxx, adequan, rimadyl, acupuncture (with B12), previcox, metacam, tramadol, Corta-Flx and Cetyl-M. The worst part is the 5-7 day flushing period between NSAIDS while finding the best one.

During the year that I had to carry Marty’s rear I hung out on a site which deals only with DM. There are many people there with great ideas on how to care for a DM dog or any dog with mobility issues.

I doubt that I’m supposed to post a link here but you can Google “mzjf.info boards” and click the link titled “How To Get To The Boards”.

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I'm not sure Rimadyl would be appropriate; it's an anti-inflammatory and pain med, neither of which are the problem with DM. (Personally I consider Rimadyl a drug of last resort, given the disproportionately high incidence of adverse reactions and death.)

The Florida protocol from Dr. Clemmons, and specifically the aminocaproic acid and n-acetylcysteine, has been the most helpful in general according to both the owners and researchers I've talked with about the condition.

Degenerative Myelopathy of German Shepherds

While some feel GSDs have a different genetic component underlying their DM, the end result seems to be the same across all breeds.
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I should have mentioned that even though Marty's symptoms were the same as DM it turned out that he had bridged vertebrae. By the time that I found out I had become a regular member of the DM forum and that is where I got most of my ideas for taking care of him.

The NSAIDs did help Marty some but really nothing helped him a lot. I was told that for him steroids would have been the best choice but he didn't tolerate them well at all.

Poor Marty had Intervertebral Disk Disease and then canine cognitive dysfunction which left me with a night time compulsive pacer who couldn't walk. It was a long year but I still miss him.

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Growing up we had a Golden Retriever and she was put on the highest dosage of Rimadyl, only unfortunately she was already so badly off that it didn't make any difference. Thinking it was arthritis, her vets (she had 4 of them) were determined that the Rimadyl would work for her, when it didn't they did some x-rays on her and it turned out she was completely full of cancer all over her insides. We ended up having to put her down because she was in so much pain that she couldn't lay in a spot for more than about a minute or two, if even that. I'm sure her situation is different than Otto's but that was my experience with Rimadyl...

Have you talked to your vet to see if Rimadyl would be the right choice for Otto?

Good luck to you. I hope you are able to find something that works for your boy.
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We used Metacam for spinal stenosis. The specialist kept the dose as low as possible, and we only gave it for a limited time. I try to avoid the NSAIDs, but there was improvement, and he stopped knuckling under in his back feet.

We also used acupuncture after that.
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We used Rimadyl for over 2 years for our dog. He had a lot of trouble getting up and moving around. Couldn't run very well and we were told that he had bad arthritis. He was very young, for us the rimadyl did help him. He was able to get up much easier and actually move around. It was worse in the winter because of the cold so he got a higher dose, in the summer he was able to use a little less. We split his dose up so he got some in the morning and some in the evening. Many people really think that it is a really bad drug to give your dog, if anything else would have worked for him to give him a better quality of life we would have used that instead (especially at $90.00 a bottle). We decided that for him to have the ability to have a semi normal life while on Rimadyl and take a chance on the side effects was worth it for us. We could not tell that he had any side effects from the Rimadyl, our vet started him on the lowest dose for his weight and adjusted it as needed. Our vet also recommended (and stressed) that our dog lose weight (he wasn't really fat) she wanted him at the leanest because she said that would really help his movement too. We also had blood tests done while he was on it to check his liver, etc. to make sure the Rimadyl wasn't causing problems.

I would recommend talking to your vet & trying it if they feel it could help, see if it does make a difference for your dog. They can stop taking it if needed. Good luck.

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