Ma and the vet had a long talk about options to bring me relief from the pain. They tried the conventional stuff like glucosamine chews, I wouldn't eat them. They tried powders in the food, I refused to eat it. They tried different type of chews, powders, pills...did I mention I was a picky poodle?? I would rather go hungry than have to eat of that stuff in my food...
There were many nights we went to sleep with the sounds of my tummy growling.
I have a confession.... I have been semi-retired service dog for months. I have only been working at home and that was only if I felt like it.
Trying to get in the car and walking had became too painful for me. Ma was having to pick me up to put me in the car and picking me up to take me out. This wasn't doing ma any good. She has a bad back and has MS so it was getting impossible for her to pick up a 50 pound poodle.
My vet told ma that he wanted to start another treatment and he had faith it would help. He wanted to give me injections in my back. Ma gets monthly injections in her back and was afraid that it would hurt me too bad for only a little relief. Dr. Mercer told her that wasn't the type of injections he would do.
We would start injections of Adequan®.
What is Adequan? Adequan is a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan is a cartilage substance. It is made from the same ingredients as the cartilage itself. Adequan is FDA approved.
How does Adequan work? It enters the bloodstream and the substance deposits into the joints. This substance replaces the cartilage and helps thicken the fluid around the joint. It separates the bone surfaces so they aren’t rubbing against each other as much and also “lubricates” the joint. This allows greater mobility of the joint, reduces the pain, and slows the progression of the arthritis. It does NOT cure arthritis. It helps to slow down the progress and bring relief from pain.
How is Adequan given? The medicine is given in the form of a shot. I get one shot every 4 days and will have a total of 8 shots in all. This is the common way to administer this medication.
Has it helped? YES!!!! After the 3rd shot we noticed a difference but I got the 4th shot and it was mind blowing how great I was feeling. If it wasn't for these shots, I would have not been able to make it to Blogpaws conference in Phoenix.
I have had my 6th shot and I am back to working. I started to BEG to work again in public. I am running in the fields, hunting moles and wabbits and playing ball in the backyard again. Ma says I am acting like I did a couple years ago.
I am able to jump in the car by myself, I even jumped in ma's bed the other night. I haven't been able to do that in 3 years!!
I am happy that the doctor recommended this treatment because it has brought me great relief and allows me to the things that I love to do.
During my research and reading reviews, this medication is great for cats also. It is hard getting old but to get old with pain is no fun.
Adequan and my vet have gave me life back. For that I am grateful.