Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My 15 year old dog and s arthritis. I 't feel like the meds…

Customer Question
My 15 year old...

My 15 year old dog and his arthritis. I don't feel like the meds he is on are helping.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

He is on one Tramadol 50 mg/day and .5ml each day of Gabapentin

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 28 minutes by:
1/28/2016
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 21,939
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
Verified

Hello Ellie and thanks for requesting me,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. However before I can start I need a little more information to make things clearer for me so could you please answer the following :

1. Can you give me details of any other prescribed drugs previously given to your dog for this condition in the past?

You can then expect a written reply sometime within the next fifteen minutes or so.We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype if this is more convenient for you. Please get back to me if this is more suitable for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }

Regards,

Dr Scott

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The last med he was placed on was vetprofen, but I can't remember the dosage. It wasn't very much and he responded to it well. At some point he started whining at night when getting into bed because his hind legs hurt. So I took him back in hopes that we would just up the dosage of vetprofen. Instead, we got the Gabapentin and Tramadol. He's been on this for two months and he's just starting to whine again at night. I can't give him any of those joint treats or supplements because he gets diarrhea too. I feel like I'm at a loss and I just want him to be comfortable. The pain is mostly at night.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hello again Ellie

Sorry to hear your dog is uncomfortable, however I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. Tramadol and Gagapentin are effective general pain killers in the dog { Especialy tramadol } but part of arthritis is inflammatory changes in the affected joint so it follows that sometimes a pure anti-inflammatory { NSAID } drug such as Vetprofen { Carprofen } can help.

2. Vetprofen is not the only available NSAID available for dogs also consider drugs like Metacam or Rimadyl, it may be worth consulting with your vet to try a week or so on the top dose of one of these drugs. And also they can be safely given with Tramadol if necessary.

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,

Dr Scott

Please be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue, such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hello again Ellie,

I am just checking back in to see how your dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning his arthritis ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott

Please be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue, such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr Scott Nimmo Your Own Question
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 21,939
21,939 Satisfied Customers
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr Scott Nimmo is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,147 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

21,939 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,063 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,533 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,299 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog ate some extra doses of rimadyl. It was only about 7
Hi! My dog ate some extra doses of rimadyl. It was only about 7 tablets, 75mg, and she's about 70lbs, so my math says she had about 7mg/pound. She's acting completely normal, and my research shows thi… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
How after a dog last had rimadyl (25mg 2x/day) is it safe to
How long after a dog last had rimadyl (25mg 2x/day) is it safe to give prednisone? … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,398 satisfied customers
Can I give my dog tramadol for her arthritis while she's on
hi. Can I give my dog tramadol for her arthritis while she's on dexamethasone? Thank you … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
21,939 satisfied customers
She's seems to have arthritis is her back leg. limping at
she's seems to have arthritis is her back leg. limping at the end of the day in the evening. … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
21,939 satisfied customers
Can Rimadyl be mixed with ClinDrops? Dog broke a tooth.
Can Rimadyl be mixed with ClinDrops? Dog broke a tooth. Still have unexpired Clindrops from her dental a few months ago. Will be Monday before we can see the vet. Was thinking antibiotics might not hu… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My great dane, 97 pounds had 100mg of rimadyl at 6am and was
my great dane, 97 pounds had 100mg of rimadyl at 6am and was accidently ingested two doses (they were on ther counter) around 8am. do I need to rush her to the vet? she is not displaying any symptons.… read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,283 satisfied customers
Is it safe to take rimadyl and cephalexin together? Also, if
Is it safe to take rimadyl and cephalexin together? Also, if there is a reaction to the antibiotic, is it okay to use my dog's allergy plan which is 2 benedryl followed by a prednisone tablet if the r… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
11 year old Great Pyr/Wolfhound cross. Has arthritis. On
11 year old Great Pyr/Wolfhound cross. Has arthritis. On Rimadyl 100 mg 2x a day. Doing pretty well. Tonight panting. Needs me to be petting constantly. In pain for sure. Anything I can do until get t… read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
411 satisfied customers
I am wondering if she can have rimadyl while on vetmedin,
I am wondering if she can have rimadyl while on vetmedin, she fell off the couch and hurt her back, she is 14 … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
21,939 satisfied customers
My dachshund found an old prescription of rimadyl for my
My dachshund found an old prescription of rimadyl for my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It was prescribed about a year and a half ago. He chewed open the bottle and was eating it when I got it away fr… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
My dachshund was prescribed Robaxin and Rimadyl for a pulled
My dachshund was prescribed Robaxin and Rimadyl for a pulled neck muscle. 1/4 tablet of 500mg Robaxin and 1/2 tablet 25mg Rimadyl … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
My dog is on Rimadyl after sugery he had on Thursday to
My dog is on Rimadyl after sugery he had on Thursday to remove a tumor from his wrist. His last dose was at 130 this afternoon so its been 9 hours. His Rx says to wait 12 but it seems to be bothering … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
I think he has bad arthritis in his back leg, to the point
i think he has bad arthritis in his back leg , to the point he will not walk on it. Seen a vet a week ago and took x-rays and exam and gave him some vetprofen, but he has trouble with them as he gets … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
711 satisfied customers
My 15 year old Shih Tzu is on rimadyl for arthritis pain. Is
My 15 year old Shih Tzu is on rimadyl for arthritis pain. Is this the best med for her to be on and I cannot get her to take it no matter what I put it in peanut butter marshmallows ham turkey cheese … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,398 satisfied customers
Rimadyl overdose. He ate over 5 pills of rimadyl. Eddie 7
rimadyl overdose JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog? Customer: he ate over 5 pills of rimadyl JA: The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
She was given rimadyl injection as she hurt her leg and
She was given rimadyl injection as she hurt her leg and can't walk on it. She has been breathing quickly since this all happened … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,435 satisfied customers
Taking Rimadyl for arthritis. Seeing if alternative for my
Taking Rimadyl for arthritis. Seeing if alternative for my dog. Only taking 12.5 mg a day. Half morning half night … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
Being treated for arthritis with gabapentin, tramadol.
being treated for arthritis with gabapentin, tramadol. Started withba … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,473 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x