Natural Arthritis Care for Your Dog
by: Brigitte Smith
Rimadyl was hailed as a wonder
arthritis treatment for pets when it came on the market in 1997. Over the next
3 years, due largely to an aggressive marketing campaign by the manufacturer,
Pfizer, Rimadyl was prescribed for 5 million dogs.
But it hadn't been
thoroughly tested. According to statistics compiled by the FDA (Food And Drug
Administration), in 1997 alone, Rimadyl was implicated in 30 per cent of all
veterinary adverse drug reaction reports received! Side effects included
gastrointestinal, renal and liver problems, and death. Within those first three
years, 10,000 dog owners had reported an adverse reaction to Rimadyl, and there
were at least 1,500 deaths or euthanasias attributed to the drug. And it is
generally accepted that many adverse reactions are not reported, so the real
statistics are likely to be significantly higher.
You may remember the
Rimadyl ads depicting older dogs bouncing around like puppies. Those dogs were
the lucky ones. And of course, the success stories were many, and they were
amazing. But you no longer see those Rimadyl ads, do you?
Is there a
realistic alternative to Rimadyl? One that provides such a marked improvement
without the possible side effects? Or should you take the risk that your dog
won't develop side effects to Rimadyl?
The good news is that
Glucosamine, a natural sugar produced by the body and found in some foods,
plays an important role in the production, maintenance and repair of cartilage.
Supplementation with Glucosamine can therefore provide not only the pain
relieving effects of Rimadyl, but also helps maintain existing healthy joint
tissue and aid in rebuilding healthy new cartilage.
Should Rimadyl be
removed from the market altogether? No - there are certainly some cases where
its use may be warranted - severe cases of arthritis which have been left
untreated, or which have not responded to Glucosamine or other treatments. The
results can be very worthwhile.
But it should never be given to a dog
with pre-existing liver or kidney problems. Your dog should be tested for these
conditions before being prescribed Rimadyl. Many vets do not do this unless you
ask for it specifically. And many vets do not advise that there is a natural
arthritis treatment for dogs available. Not because it's ineffective, but just
because many vets, like doctors, are trained to treat symptoms with drugs. And
the drug companies have huge budgets for pushing the benefits of their
medications, both for humans and animals. It doesn't necessarily mean that the
drugs are better than the natural alternatives.
So ask for
Glucosamine, unless your vet can give you a compelling reason why your dog
should use Rimadyl. And you don't even need a prescription!
information on the most powerful Glucosamine formula, and why a liquid
Glucosamine is by far superior to powder or tablet forms, click here:
(c) 2004, Brigitte Smith, Healthy Happy Dogs
Brigitte Smith is a dog lover with a special interest in natural
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Rimadyl was introduced by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in
January 1997 to help treat dogs with inflammation and pain associated with
surgery or canine arthritis.
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