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My goldens arthritis has suddenly become acute. Within 12

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My golden's arthritis has suddenly become acute. Within 12 hours she lost her ability to stand and has become lethargic. Our vet ruled out disc & neurological issues and told us to discontinue rimadyl & start demarrex, but to wait between drugs. How long should she be off rimadyl before starting demarrex? And can I give her etodolac? She's 10 & weighs 65 lbs. thank you
Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your 10.5 year old girl Callie who is currently suffering from very bad arthritis. First and foremost, don't give any extra anti inflammatories to your girl - this means, definitely don't' give her any Etodolac. The Deramaxx as prescribed by your Vet will be fine and this can continue on from Rimadyl. The Deramaxx can start 48 hours after the last Rimadyl tablet your gave your girl. Make sure you give it with food and only give the dose that was prescribed by your Vet. Giving excessive anti inflammatories can have an affect on canine renal function and can even lead to gastrointestinal ulcers!

It would be a good idea to continue with the Tramadol as prescribed as well as this is a very good pain relief in these types of situations. For more information on the Deramaxx, please refer to this website: HERE

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Kind Regards,

Dr M D Edwards

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Hi Sara,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Callie. How is everything going?

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