I have a 13 or 14 year old German Shorthair Pointer. She was a rescue and was about 2 when I got her by estimation of the vets, which would make her now 14ish. She had an awfully rough life before me and it took me quite a while to gain her trust to make her the dog she is today. I think many of you know the whole story, but this is the shortened version. She was also diagnosed with Canine Disciod Lupus a few years back. It has localized in her nose making it dry and prone to cracking. She takes steroids during flare ups and we've gotten it down to just Vit B supplements to ward off the flare ups.
She has also been taking Metacam as needed for arthritis in her back end. We have never figured out why, but she is very sensitive about her rear. She is the friendliest dog, but if another dog comes and sniffs a bit too vigorously, she will growl and sometimes cry/yelp.
We have noticed recently that she seems to be struggling a bit more with the pain/instability in her back end. We went to an outdoor pet event over the weekend and when we got home, she had to be carried up the 4 stairs to the house. We didn't walk that much.
I've scheduled her a vet check up as it is about time for her 1 yr check up anyways. I think part of the problem is the arthritis and part is muscle fatigue.
My question is, what medications, besides the Metacam have any of you had experience with? Any other suggestions? She does take a glucosamine supplement as well. I've heard bad things about Rimadyl. I just wanted to hear some personal opinions and experiences. I'd like to have some information in my head when I go and talk to the vet.
I realize she is getting up there and this is just one of those things I am going to have to start dealing with. I don't think she is at ~that~ point yet where I need to start thinking about other options, but I want to try and get some control over the arthritis pain. The Metacam was "as needed" but maybe a daily dose is called for now?
Anyways....any help you can give will be appreciated.