As I mentioned in an earlier post, Summit has always been a little lame on his left front leg, particularly in the winter. But never had it been as bad as this year. It was so bad that he was getting a daily dose of Deramaxx (a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory pain killer). You may also remember that I bought him a special therapeutic dog blanket and carpal wraps. The problem got bad enough last month that I decided I had better x-ray him because I was beginning to seriously wonder if this wasn't osteosarcoma.
We started with the shoulder where I thought there might be a problem, and just kept going when I couldn't find anything. He hates being up on the table but is a good boy, so no worries there. He didn't have to be sedated like Kili did.
|Left elbow in flexion|
I started him on Cartrophen injections and what an amazing difference! Cartrophen is given as a series of 4 injections 5-7 days apart. Following the first injection I was able to stop giving the pain medication. This week will be his last injection and I haven't given him a single dose of pain meds because there has been almost no limping. If I was ever skeptical about the efficacy of products like Cartrophen and Adequan... I'm not anymore. I will certainly recommend all my arthritic patients give it a try to see if they can benefit. I'm just glad that I can hold off on the NSAIDs for a little longer for Summit.