Some of you may have seen my thread about my senior dog with arthritis. She was originally put on Deramaxx for a two week period to see how it worked for her, and I started her on Dasuquin at the same time.
After coming off of the Deramaxx Gracie's soundness declined again. I would say on Dasuquin alone she is maybe 20% improved from when we originally started management (prior to dasuquin or deramaxx). On the Dasuquin and Deramaxx combined, she was about 50% improved. Had a long chat with the vet weighing options, and we have decided to try Adequan, as well as having Deramaxx on hand to administer if she is having a bad day or if I am planning on a longer walk/hike. I also like that Adequan has much fewer potential side effects than Dasuquin and should be easier on her system (no monitoring of her liver required, aside from her normal yearly blood panel).
Without some sort of pain management employed, I do not walk her at all, nor do I let her stay in the yard for long, as she quickly will be hardly weight bearing and very gimpy the next day. I'm hoping I can get her well enough for at least 2 trails walks (2-3ish miles) and 2 walks around the block (.5-1mile) a week. At the very least, if we could get 2 trail walks in and I could bring her to the barn with me 3-4 days a week (mostly casual walking/sniffing around the barnyard) I think she would be content. As much as I would love to get her out and exercised every day, I am acknowledging that she is a senior giant breed dog and it may not be possible.
I understand that Adequan is supposedly excellent at slowing the furthering of osteoarthritis, and I have read that it often alleviates symptoms of joint degeneration that are already present. I guess my question is, has anyone here used Adequan for an arthritic old dog? What kind of improvements, if any, did you see? Do you think it could potentially get a dog from being mildly lame just walking around the house to being able to walk/trot a few miles (mostly flat ground) with no or mild lameness afterwards? I asked my vet these questions, of course, but she was very "we will have to see how she responds". Which is true, of course, but I'd appreciate any firsthand experience.