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    I went off to the vets today with my 6 years (maybe) old rotti and was told it looks like she has done both her cruciates and has arthritis in one of her front legs. She was given a meloxicam injection and a cartrophen injection, was sent home with meloxicam liquid and we are going back in a week for more cartophen. My question is, is this enough? Too much? Is there something else that can be taken as well or instead? I will not be having surgery performed on her so I just want her to be comfortable and painfree.

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    I've got no idea. I am not a vet.

    How are you going to manage her without cruciate ligaments? Are you crating her and not letting her run or play at all? What quality of life can she expect from now on? What are the long term side effects of staying on pain meds - either for a few months while the muscles build up to compensate or long term (ie didn't matter how much gym work I did - my knee kept popping out and the pain was horrific - until I had it reconstructed).

    There's probably other stuff that would manage the pain with different side effects. There's always something but in this case I imagine it would be the vet's second choice ie if your dog was allergic to the current meds.

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    My 14 month old Amstaff is a week out of surgery on her right leg after being diagnosed with a bilateral cruciate rupture. He current pain relief is Tramal (tramadol) and Metacam (Meloxicam). The metacam is an antiflamatory and pain relief (by my understanding) and the tramal is like a mild morphine. Her tramal has just reduced from 3 times a day to twice a day and thank god, she was feeling too good this far out from surgery. We are due to have the other leg operated on late october, as it also has a bilateral cruciate rupture.

    I have judged her pain relief on how she is moving, mood, demeanour etc and I only noticed last night that she was probably being over medicated and when I checked our discharge notes it was due to drop today (these specialists seem to know what they are on about). In a week it is all due to stop so that will be an interesting time.

    From what I can gather Metacam is one of the best on the market, both my local vet and the specialist believe it is certainly very appropriate and both also use tramal. She hasn't been in any pain post surgery when resting and has built up the strength in the leg in just this week in that the pain to use it is reducing, which I can tell by how well she stand, walks, squats to pee etc.

    I believe cartrophen is steroidal (I'm not 100% sure though) and I didn't think tramadol was, that's something to look into though.

    You can also try natural alternatives like adding flaxseed oil to food, glucosamin/chondroiten/msm supplement and adding good oily fish to the diet.

    I'm sure there would be natural alternatives for pain relief also, but you would need to look into them. We haven't as after surgery on both legs we should have a few extra years up our sleeve before osteo arthritis starts occuring. The more we do now though as far as reducing the jumping, jarring etc and adding things like swimming to her exercise will help pro long onset as well.

    Good luck

    ETA:
    In our discussions with our vet, a second vet and the specialist all options were tabled. No surgery, the monofilament 'fake' cruciate, TTO and TPLO surgery. The no surgery option for us was out as she was so young and this was totally unfair for her to be in pain and on meds so early in life, but had she been 8 or so, this would have taken more consideration as even with no surgery, the scar tissue would form and 'basically' stabalise the joint, however the onset of arthritis would be a lot worse a lot sooner, there would be considerable pain management etc. The fake cruciate will eventually break but the muscles should have strengthed and scar tissue again stabalising the joint. The TTO and TPLO both change the bone and joint. We opted for TTO which changes the angle of the Tibial Plateau and uses the patella tendon to stabalise the joint. The change is held with a metal plate which doesn't get removed, but basically becomes unneeded once the bone has healed. We have her on flaxseed, condroiten/glucosamine/msm and feeding oily fish to help with the miniscus in the joint and the cartalidge health.
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    Metacam is brilliant for joint pain, it is expensive but it works.

    Metacam - Arthritis & your dog

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    Glucosamine tablets help with joints and arthritis and even in some cases dysplasia I have heard

    This isnt a dog but my OH has no anterior cruciate ligament (it was replaced but failed) and he takes fish oil and glucosamine and when he is takign them daily his knee is relatively pain free

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    When we had Lacey how in later life got athritis bad and she struggled to walk.
    We went to a friends house who had a couple of dogs and we got talking.
    And the Vet had told them they need Mobic tablet for their dogs arthritis.
    The vet had the medication and charged them I think in the area of $50 to $70 for the full box.
    They happened to got to his mothers house in another state where he seen these Mobic tablets and he read the what was in them and it turned out that their was no difference in tablets.
    His mother gave him her boxes of them and they quartered them and they lasted for a long time.
    So I went to my doctor and asked for the same thing but for me. And we gave them to Lacey and it was a quick pick me up tablet and soon she was getting bad. But her life was so close to the end but we knew we did all we could for her.

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    If she has "done her cruciates" there will need to be a long term managment plan other than simple pain relief.

    For arthritis- we are keeping Roscoes wt down and he is on a grain free diet, using sachas blend, fish oil and vit e, spirulena and glucosamine (all daily with his dinner). With this regieme we have managed to only need the metacam rarely ( 2 episodes of 3 days each). He is currently walking 4 to 7 km a day (its been a slow build up, and he prefers the 4km to the 7km).

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    My old dog tore her ligament when she was about 8 years old. She had the surgery to repair it but developed bad arthritis. She was on rimadyl tablets until she passed away years later. They seemed to help a lot with her pain.

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    It's really quite sad. I won't be getting the surgery and I don't want her to be in pain but it's hard to tell if or when she is in pain. I hadn't realised her injuries were that bad until I took her to the vet. We also have a young dog that would add to the unhelpful playing so I am really in a spot of not knowing what to do.

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    Erm.

    I had a horse who injured his foot. We (me and the vet) gave him some painkiller called "bute" and he ran around like I've never seen - he was so happy - just like a spring foal - when he was supposed to be resting up. So we quit the pain killers. So I could tell when he was in more pain or less by how active he was. And how much change there was if he got a dose of painkillers for a short while.

    But he was never miserable. He always enjoyed eating and company of other horses and sunbaking and a good roll in the sand pit etc.

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