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Update on lame retired barn dog - Canine Adequan is Awesome!

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  • Update on lame retired barn dog - Canine Adequan is Awesome!

    Some of you may remember me posting about my issues with my retired barn dog. She is a 155 lb 9yo Great Dane/Rottweiler mix with an old bone chip in her shoulder that flares up periodically. It flared up early October. She cannot tolerate any medication (very sensitive stomach). I was at my wits end, watching her limp around my house, with no relief in sight. Every NSAID and Pain Reliever available did not agree with her. I felt horrible for her.

    Then, partially due to the success stories I have read on this board, I pushed my vet to try Adequan. She will get a shot every 3 days for 4 wks...then monthly or as needed. I do them myself.

    Last wednesday she was completely miserable. Gave 1st Adequan shot around 6pm. When I came home from work on Thursday PM - she met me at the door...wagging her tail! She hadn't even wanted to get out of bed for 3 weeks! She was still limping, but clearly happier.

    Saturday PM - gave 2nd shot. Sunday - she was barely limping. In fact, she was a maniac, biting the leash when I walked her (she thinks that is funny....) and flinging her toys around the house. I couldn't believe it.

    3rd shot will be today.

    The change is dramatic. I am struggling to keep her calm, as I know her shoulder is not 100% yet. It is expensive (especially for a giant dog) but totally worth it to give her quality of life back.

    Cant wait to see her at the end of 4 weeks!

    Canine Adequan - highly recommended!!!!!!

  • #2
    That is my next step on my old dog too! Glad to hear it is working well for yours.


    • #3
      I have been meaning to talk to my vet about Canine Adequan. My old girl has been on Cosequin DS for about a year for arthritis but I think she needs something more. She is still painful some days and I end up giving her a baby aspirin along with the Cosequin.

      My 16 year old super steed gets monthly Adequan so why not my super pup!? Must call vet...

      Glad you are having such great results.
      Animals are not disposable!!!


      • #4
        Do they make Adequan for cats? My moms kitty is turning 21 and could really use some help with the arthritis in her back legs.


        • #5
          Canine Adequan is the best!!!

          My dog is 13 half lab/chow. Underwent a major scare earlier this year with some contaminated dog food which led to seizures. Her health deteriorated and my heart sank.

          I was having to give my dog 100mg of Rimadyl everyday. My vet told me that Rimadyl has alot of side effects--liver issues, etc.

          Well, we are 2 weeks into the Adequan (1 shot a week for 4 weeks. After the first month its only once a month). My dog is like a puppy again! No limping, no whining because her bottom hurts, nothing! She plays and runs around the park chasing her playmates. I haven't seen her like this in years!!!

          I couldn't be happier!


          • #6
            Do they make Adequan for cats? My moms kitty is turning 21 and could really use some help with the arthritis in her back legs.

            You can use Adequan on cats. I have a cat with hip dysplasia and I started her on Adequan a few weeks ago. She went from not being able to jump onto the foot stool to ripping around the house at 90mph. It has made a significant difference for her.
            Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


            • #7
              I am really depressed reading all these miracle stories about Adequan, because it did nothing for my big dog's hips at all.
              I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


              • Original Poster

                Did you do the every 3 day loading dose? My vet said we could do once a week...but that the preferred loading now is every 3 days.

                I was hoping to see some improvement by the end of 4 weeks - I am thrilled with what I have seen after 1 week/2 injections!


                • #9
                  I realize prices are variable but can you give me an idea how much this stuff costs?


                  • #10
                    Good topic. I was considering it for Lola , the rescue GSP. We do need xrays as she seems to be stiff all over. I have her on the Horsetech canine joint sup and have added tramadol for pain, although she doesn't act in pain, just very stiff. She runs like a cartoon character. We think it's an injury to neck or shoulders and have no idea how old she is- several missing teeth! But, Smartpak has 2 5ml vials for $99.90. ( RX needed). The loading dose would be pretty expensive, but in the long run you'd probably be able to just use that once a month or so.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CLEMENTINE04 View Post
                      Did you do the every 3 day loading dose? My vet said we could do once a week...but that the preferred loading now is every 3 days.

                      I was hoping to see some improvement by the end of 4 weeks - I am thrilled with what I have seen after 1 week/2 injections!

                      I did the loading dose of 3x/week for 5 weeks - nothing.
                      I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                      • Original Poster


                        I buy all of my prescriptions at entirelypets.com. They are the cheapest I have found, and always have additional coupon codes as well. Over $100 is free shipping. I paid $91.99 for a 2 pack, plus I had a 5% off coupon code. 2packs (4 bottles total) plus 5% off cost me $174. Shipping was free. Since my dog is gigantic, that is about 5 injections (she gets 3.4ml per shot), which comes out to $34.80 per shot. So it is a little expensive for the 1st month, put $35 per month thereafter. That is a drop in bucket compared to the cost of NSAIDS for a 155 lb dog....plus the NSAIDS all make her sick anyway!


                        • #13
                          Wow, great recovery! I have a Australian Cattle Dog mix (shelter dog) that has arthritis. Right now she's on Novox (Rimadyl generic) and while she seems to tolerate it well, she's been really ouchy lately. I also use Tramadol when she's really bad and give her that 3times/day but when I take her off the Tramadol she's back to bad. Once she gets going though she does pretty well. After all she MUST make an attempt to chase the horses and the deer. Thank god for Invisible fence because I don't know what she'd do if really caught up with any of them!

                          I think I'll give my vet a call about the doggy version of Adequan. If I can keep her comfy for a few more years, she and I will both be happy.

                          I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                          • #14
                            I love adequan, and use it for my canine patients all the time. There are a lot of senior dogs that can achieve comfort on adequan alone, and there are some that need something else on top of it. I think the only (very, very few) cases that have been disappointing have been dogs that were in such severe pain that they really needed combination therapy with the adequan, and NSAID, tramadol and sometimes gabapentin or amantidine, and then its just a matter of 'upping the ante', and adding whatever you need to for comfort. I have a ten year old lab that I maintain on adequan only, with rare NSAIDs for those 'weekend warrior' times where he plays too much. I use a twice a week regimen for 4 weeks, then 'as needed', usually weekly or every other week for dogs with mild arthritis. Glad other folks are having the same great results!


                            • Original Poster


                              Gave 3rd injection last night, my dog is still sound - even with the dreary cold rain we have been having in NJ. Just 1 week ago she was 3 legged lame on her right front!

                              She tolerates Zubrin best of all NSAIDS, and I do have some on hand to use if needed. Right now she is only on Adequan. Tramadol makes her sick....along with everything else! I am really hoping to maintain her on Adequan alone, with occasional Zubrin if she overdoes it. She also gets Cosequin DS 2x per day. She eats a Senior food that also has glucosamine.

                              She is very playful again, and has a spark back in her eye that I haven't seen for a while! She is 9 1/2 - old for a giant dog but not too old in the grand scheme of things! Hopefully she will have a few more happy years to come. Adequan had been a godsend for me!

                              I live in an urban area, and many vets here do not know much about Adequan. They just push the NSAIDS. I pushed for Adequan. My vet had heard of it, but hadn't used it much because it is too expensive and inconvenient (too many injections) for most of her clients. Now that she has seen the success of my dog, she said she plans on prescribing it more often.


                              • #16
                                Clementine - You have a PM.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Cat dosage...

                                  Someone mentioned that they have used it on cats - what is the dosage for that? I assume a very small amount!


                                  • #18
                                    I use 0.1 cc of horse strength Adequan for my 10lb cat per vet instructions. Its worked great on her.
                                    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.