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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Orthopedic brace?

Our Daisy has arthritis in an elbow. It's from a break that she suffered as a puppy. We are careful about what we let her do and she gets along well, but has a limp - especially if a walk has gone too long. She is on Rimadyl (an NSAID) and a supplement.

She is 9 now and it hasn't changed much in the 4 years that we've had her. Until now - a week or so ago she was walking on 3 legs but was back to her usual limp after a day's rest. Today she slipped on ice-covered steps, fell down them, and is 3-legging it again.

We are considering a brace for her. The kind that is fitted, has a hinge, and takes the weight off her joint. These braces are readily available but we haven't ever seen a dog with one. That makes us wonder how effective they are. Has anybody here used one, or are familiar with their use?

How well do they work; how well does the dog get used to it; how normally is the dog able to function with it; would it be worn all the time or only when the pain is the worst (3-legging it)? Comments?

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I don't know how well they help.

I do know they have a new anti inflammatory on the market.
Ones that tried it, said it made a big difference in their dogs with arthritis. Other than that, I don't any thing about it. You could ask your vet, his thoughts on trying Galliprant.

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Our 15 year old chow mix has been on galliprant for about a year now after formerly being on rimadyl. The vet explained to me that it is both better at targeting arthritic pain and because it is not a cox inhibitor it is less likely to have negative side effects, like liver damage. I do think it makes a difference though at her age I'm not expecting any miracles. On good days she still manages to hop up on the couch.

She also gets salmon oil, a turmeric/curcumin supplement, and this supplement. She must think peanut butter has magical pain healing abilities.

I have no experience with the braces, sorry.
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Thanks to the comments here, we started Daisy on Galliprant, but with a wait-and-see approach. She's been on it now for about 4 months and we are going to keep her on it.

She has had an "NSAID panel", which checks for liver functions. It was in the normal range and not significantly different than the panels done while she was on Rimadyl. But we prefer the Galliprant as we believe that there is less potential for liver problems and because Rimadyl is on our sh*t list. The Galliprant is as effective as Rimadyl was, but not more so, as far as our limited ability to measure can tell.

We recently took her to Tufts vet school for another look at her elbow. They did an arthroscopic exam and found *no* cartilage in the joint. They gave her an in-joint steroid injection, but that did not have any noticeable affect. We asked about a brace and they said that braces were problematic because of chafing were the brace was seated on the shoulder.

The bottom line is that we have been much more concerned about this than she. It really doesn't bother her in any limiting sense. She is *always* excited to go. She will play retrieve games all day long and will go top speed after a squirrel. It will probably slow her down her at some point, but "better a life lived full" until then.
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It sounds like she is doing very well, and exercise is good for arthritis.
If things change, maybe look into cold laser therapy.

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