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Our sweet Siberian Husky was put on Adequan injections. After her 4th injection she became lame in her back legs and stopped eating. 2 days later she could not pick her head up. She regained use of her back legs but would not eat barely anything for the next week. She had horrible seizures and we had to put her down. Do not use this drug! Our sweet girl was slowing down before taking the injections but was absolutely fine and her blood work was normal. We are beyond devasted!
 

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Very sorry for your loss! That must be a very difficult situation for you to comprehend even. It takes time to heal, so grieve and be kind to yourself and others in your family as you all go through that. Again, sorry for your loss!
 

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I gave my 12 year old Lab Adequan. It didn't really help, but I can't say it harmed her either. When Murphy passed, my vet felt it was from the years of Rimadyl, later Gallaprant.
 

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Our sweet Siberian Husky was put on Adequan injections. After her 4th injection she became lame in her back legs and stopped eating. 2 days later she could not pick her head up. She regained use of her back legs but would not eat barely anything for the next week. She had horrible seizures and we had to put her down. Do not use this drug! Our sweet girl was slowing down before taking the injections but was absolutely fine and her blood work was normal. We are beyond devasted!
Our sheltie received an Adequan injection yesterday morning for arthritis. Later that evening he became lethargic and was having trouble breathing and was rushed to the emergency vet. They gave him CPR but he died shortly thereafter. He was fine the day before. We are devastated.
 

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I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet babies. We just recently lost our eight year old Biewer Terrier after his 1st Adequan injection. Brought him to our vet to look at his loose patella. She gave him the injection. Within minutes he was vomiting, defecating, then lost his ability to move. We rushed him to emergency. We had the same outcome. It's just unreal and so tragic especially when they were so healthy, happy and full of joy.
 

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I've stayed out of this thread because other people's experiences are their own, and Heaven knows if I had their experiences I'd share their feelings. I have the same kind of bias against gabapentin because of 2 bad experiences -- I won't accept a prescription for it, won't use it, and that's that.

However, I have to say I've had 2 dogs with severe arthritic problems that were on Adequan for years. It was the only thing that really helped them. I gave it myself as a sub-cutaneous shot on the advice of an excellent orthopedic surgeon. Vets often give it in the muscle, and since one of my dogs had it that way years ago for a while, I know that's painful for the dog.

So I hope this thread won't make anyone with a dog suffering from arthritis who isn't helped by other meds and supplements totally reject the idea of Adequan out of hand. There are risks to all meds, and NSAIDs like Rimadyl, often prescribed for these kinds of problems, definitely have those kinds of risks.
 

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@storyist - my dog was also on Adequan for a little over a year and it helped him greatly. We went another route with treatment for a few reasons, but none were because the Adequan was harming him or wasn't working.

It's important to note that any drug can cause a harmful reaction in animals (or people!) and if you are concerned it is worth having a discussion with your veterinarian about the potential side effects and the research being done on a particular drug.
 

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We went another route with treatment for a few reasons, but none were because the Adequan was harming him or wasn't working.
I'd appreciate your sharing what else worked as well. Since I'm going to continue having dogs, I'm sure I'll have the arthritis problem again in the future, and it's good to know anything and everything that can help. The only one of mine that did as well on something else as on Adequan was the Rottie who received it in the muscle from the vet years ago. That was before there were oral supplements like Cosequin, but right when those kind of supplements were coming out. When I heard about them, I tried oral glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate along with a yucca supplement, and she stayed sound and pain free on those, but none of my others were so fortunate.
 

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I'd appreciate your sharing what else worked as well. Since I'm going to continue having dogs, I'm sure I'll have the arthritis problem again in the future, and it's good to know anything and everything that can help. The only one of mine that did as well on something else as on Adequan was the Rottie who received it in the muscle from the vet years ago. That was before there were oral supplements like Cosequin, but right when those kind of supplements were coming out. When I heard about them, I tried oral glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate along with a yucca supplement, and she stayed sound and pain free on those, but none of my others were so fortunate.
The Adequan really did wonders. I definitely recommend it to people who have dogs that are suffering with arthritis. Right now he's on fish oil and Cosequin, as he does a better in the warmer months, but he has had some other symptoms alongside the arthritis (which is overall very well controlled right now) that have made my vet suspect that he has IMPA - primarily persistent fever alongside his intermittent arthritis flairs - so we are doing joint taps and if that's the case it will require an entirely different set of treatments.

My boy is only 8 and his arthritis, like most of his health issues, is just really weird. It's very apparent in colder weather but not nearly as much when it is warmer - which is a big reason my vet was so unsure about the IMPA hypothesis but then he has a fever...so we'll do the testing and go from there. If it's negative and next fall/winter his arthritis is worse or more persistent, I would definitely go back on Adequan. It really does much more than just treat pain, to my understanding it starts to reverse the damage.

But yes, I am very grateful to the Cosequin as it also works wonders if the arthritis isn't too severe.
 
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