As we look forward to the New Year, many of us are making resolutions to make changes we hope will make our lives better.
Sometimes resolutions are hard. One of my resolutions centers around my 17 year old dog, Chloe, and that resolution is to be more open to conventional medicine regarding her care.
Alternative care, specifically chiropractic care, has worked wonders for her for the past few years, but we seem to have come to a point where conventional medicine has to be incorporated into her daily regimen.
Her vet has suggested she go on Rimadyl for joint pain. I have resisted for as long as possible, and we have had her on a combination of a very minimal dose of Tramadol for pain and Inflamese (a capsule of herbs that helps with pain and orthopedic recovery). However, her shoulder continues to be painful, so as of two days ago, we are giving the Rimadyl a try.
Her initial response to the drug has been very positive. No vomiting and no change in her bowels…two key things to watch when you put an animal on Rimadyl. We had a baseline blood and liver test done before she started taking it which we will repeat in 2 weeks to see if she can tolerate the drug. Like so many drugs, Rimadyl can be nasty on the liver, so close monitoring is essential.
At this point, I hope she can take it as she seems so much more comfortable in her movements during the day today. Even her appetite is better.
I hate to give in or give up. Putting her on this drug is an acknowledgement of her age that I resist on a daily basis. If you have ever really loved a dog, you will understand…