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So Neb is 13 now. He's definitely slowing down, especially with stairs - he's really hesitant with them. We think it's pretty clearly arthritis pain. He's been on wild salmon oil for years, and glucosamine didn't do much. So we're starting him on the same med as one of our cats who has severe elbow arthritis and it's made a huge change.

It's cartrophen, which is similar to adequan - it lays down new cartilage, so gets to the root of things. It's an injection, and obviously stings, so giving it to Neb should be interesting - he's pretty mellow, but who knows with the sting.
 

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Oh thanks! I'll ask our vet about them. They look good. We'll give the cartrophen a shot (literally) first so we know what's doing what.

A vial of cartrophen is expensive but lasts for ages - we're coming up on a year for Timothy (our cat) and still have 3/4 of a vial. They can share too, just different dosing.

Nebbers will get a shot once a week for four weeks, and then monthly. Timothy is on monthly shots now too, has been for months and months.
 

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Molly had prescription pain pills called Carprofen for her joint pain, not expensive at all and could be used as needed.
 

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I've heard of that. I don't think it's commonly used here, but I could be wrong. Cartrophen has almost entirely taken away Timothy's limp, we've been really pleased with how it's turned him around. A miracle drug for him, he doesn't need other pain management.
 

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Neb (with the other dogs, to be fair) ran after a squirrel this morning! I know it's only one shot so far, but I was still excited! He seems less hesitant on stairs (by a slight bit).
 

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We had Molly (and now Oliver) on TDC Joint supplements. They work wonders are aren't horribly expensive. They help a lot with joint pain and you can get them from a vet or online without a prescription 1-TDC Periodontal & Joint Health for Dogs and Cats by Elite Vet (heartlandvetsupply.com)
Like a dolt I forgot to ask. We had trouble with Friday's injection, not sure how much if any got in, so we're trying again tonight (wanted to space it out just in case). The vet noted hind end weakening - still has a very strong front end - so we're also supposed to try dog-specific glucosamine. They sent us home with a two-week sample bottle for a very expensive kind, and said any would be good so we could get elsewhere. I've ordered a bottle of Cosequin from Amazon.

I will keep this back pocket though. Really appreciate the suggestion.

And Neb officially had his 13th birthday this week! I think Sunday, but at some point I got fuzzy between April 18 or 19. Sometime in the last two days though.
 

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Happy birthday Nebbers...
I bought Cosequine for Cassie but she wouldnt have anything to do with it so i gave it to a neighbor for her dogs.
 

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Happy birthday Nebbers...
I bought Cosequine for Cassie but she wouldnt have anything to do with it so i gave it to a neighbor for her dogs.
Thanks Cassie, from Neb!

I hope Neb likes it better. We shall see I guess. He's not particularly discriminating so fingers crossed.
 
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