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My mini poodle is 13.5 years old, and has a long back for a mini. He had back problems approximately 5 years ago, and 1 year ago sore knee ACL. Rimadyl worked in the past after 1 week 25mg 1/dy. Current proto 25 mg Rimadyl 1/dy, for 5 days he also had Methocarbamol 125mg every 8 hrs, Tramadol 50 mg every 8 hrs. I am keeping him as quiet and resting as my vet recommends. Rimadyl seems to help him throughout the day he gets a full 25 mg +- 11:00 AM with food. When he gets up in the morning he is sore and walks with an arched back. He sleeps curled up. Gets his pain pill in the morning and rests with his back straight not curled up. His pain pill and Rimadyl treatment will be completed in 5 more days. Any comments and or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank You Joe & Digger

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February 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM



Dear Joe,

I would try Promaxol to reduce the pain and help healing to begin. Promaxol would be a good choice for your dog. It contains the stronger LM potencies. After improvement is seen then you can switch over to Arthro-IonX. In addition it is helpful to give Canine Probiotics with each meal, Omega 3,6,9, MSM, and vitamin C daily. (We carry the first two and the other two you can get at a health food store.) The oligotherapeutic mineral base found in the IONX products helps the body to better utilize the other nutritional substances given for a synergistic response and faster healing. Also be sure to give sufficient fresh water that is free of chlorine and fluoride. If you can gradually phase into a grain free diet that can be helpful too. The other thing that is sometimes beneficial is to have a certified veterinary chiropractor check for spinal alignment and make any corrections as necessary.

Please let us know how you progress or if you have any other questions.

est wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
February 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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