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Sully is almost at his 9 month ampuversary. He is still doing great, although some days he moves slower than others. He is a lazy Dane, so it is sometimes hard to gauge when he is hurting or when he is just enjoying laying in the sunshine refusing to get up. I do know that some days, when he gets a little too ambitious and decides to run laps around our house, he wakes up stiff and sore the next morning. I want to do something to help keep his one front leg strong, because it is holding a lot of weight (he is still a 125lb dog!) I called my vet’s office asking about a joint supplement or something that I could give Sully daily, but they told me that they would give me dasuquin once I felt like the the deramaxx is no longer working. This answer sort of confused me because I only give him the deramaxx on mornings when he seems to be in hurting, not daily, as I thought it was an anti inflammatory pain med and. I was under the impression that dasuquin was more of a daily supplement and not a pain medication. Are there any daily joint supplements that any of you have used that you would recommend? Also, I have seen a lot of people on here talk about rimadyl for pain for their pups. Is rimadyl different/better than deramaxx? Thanks for your help!
2 April 2013
Hoppy Ampuversary Sully!!!!9 months is great!
Deramaxx is classified as an NSAID – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which Rimadyl is also (same as Motrin or aspirin). So, yes, I would say that those are used the way you are using it. We do the same thing for Murphy with Carprofen – when he runs too much or seems in pain, we give him one. It was just suggested by our vet to start our other dog, Cassie, on glucosamine for her joints. She’s almost 12 and starting to have a hard time getting up when she’s been laying down for awhile. I’m just starting to look at prices/dose, etc. Dasuquin is one that was mentioned to me by another member, though – she buys in on Amazon.
Donna, Glenn & Murphy
Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17
Read about Murphy's Life on Three Legs
21 May 2016
Hi Sully, what a beautiful boy and congratulations on the 9 month ampuversary
I have no advice, as my girl Eurydice is not taking any medication, only took medication for about one week after op plus cerenia pills when she does chemo.
Just wanted to send you a hug and lots of cuddles to your gorgeous boy
Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-)
25 April 2007
Glad to hear Sully is getting around and almost at the nine month mark! Cool!
Keep in mind that Sully’s going to stay in even better shape if you focus on working his core muscles and keeping him slim. It’s not so much about protecting legs as it is about strengthening the abdominal and hip muscles. Our Tripawds Gear blog has lots of tips like:
14 February 2016
Dasaquin is glucosamine (I think). Otis has been taking it for about 3 years, since he was diagnosed with arthritis, along with Ventaquil omega 3. Neither are pain medications. I strongly recommend both. The night before he was diagnosed with arthritis, he couldn’t move at all. I had to scoot him down the stairs (all 100 pounds) in my lap to get him outside. These supplements pretty much eliminated the symptoms for about 2 years.
Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016. Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016. Lung mets August 25, 2016. Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016. Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.
Wherever they are, they are together.
22 August 2008
I think you need the Dasuquin or other glucosamine ASAP. It is safe to give with Deramaxx and may prevent further arthritis. There is no point to waiting until the Deramaxx stops working (maybe they were talking about Tramadol?). I start all of my big dogs on it when they are older (Mastiffs and other giant breeds at age 5 yrs and Lab/Shepherd/Pitbull size at age 7 yrs).
I’ve used Dasaquin with my quad pugs for many years and highly recommend it.
Tani had terrible arthritis in her back and all four legs, she was diagnosed at 6 years old. I immediately started her on a glucosamine supplement, I tried several different ones over the years. I saw improvement in her mobility after starting her on supplements and then again when I switched to Dasaquin. I would think that Sully should be on a daily supplement like Dasaquin and then add in meds if needed. What we did with Tani was start at the lowest dose of supplement then raise the dose as needed. When we maxed out on the supplements we added in an anti-inflammatory (rimadyl) at a low dose and increased as needed. We eventually added a pain med (gabapentin) and then adequan.
I started Obie on daily Dasaquin when he was about 6.5 years old, he is a small dog but had his first knee surgery at that age. He is now 10 and has had both knees repaired. He gets around great including stairs every day and shows no signs of pain or stiffness in those knees or any other body part.
27 May 2016
My vet was neutral on glucosamine. Said the latest large-scale analysis doesn’t show that it really helps. Hwoever, he also noted that the only thing it might hurt is my pocket book and a lot of people felt like it helped, so if I wanted to use it, that was fine. He did encourage fish oil as an excellent general anti-inflammatory and also good for her skin and coat (Dobermans are known to be prone to dry skin and coat).
22 February 2013
Just want to join the chorus and wish Sully a HAPPY NINE MONTH AMPUVERSARY!!! This call for ice cream and cake! 🙂 🙂
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
Thanks everyone! I have been doing a lot of research on ways to help Sully strengthen his hips and core muscles. I also appreciate the thoughts on glucosamine and supplements. He is just doing so well I want to make sure he is happy and comfortable as long as he is hopping around! 🙂
18 May 2014
Just chiming in here with Dasuquin….my dogs are both on it. My Dobe is the Tripawd, and I wanted something to help keep his joints in good shape. He was also given fish oil, which he doesn’t love. I’m trying to avoid an NSAID, as he is prone to kidney issues, and the Dasuquin seems to be doing a great job. Good luck.
Paula and Nitro
Nitro 11 1/2 yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms. Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"
"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior
Dasuquin and Cosequin are both available without a prescription. I get my Dasuquin through Amazon (be sure you use the Tripawds link to Amazon!).
Metronomics is a type of chemotherapy. Click on the link to learn more.
21 July 2016
Sully is just beautiful! I’m very happy too meet you and your tripawd!
Mikey, 2/14/16, came to us as a foster the end of June, 2wks after rear left amp. Now, at 6mo, he's doing awesome! Perfect, except for wanting to play with 9yo kitty Pumpkin, who isn't interested. At all.
Love to all! Jo, Mikey and, reluctantly, Pumpkin.