Request for ARTHRITIS treatment protocols

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Post   » Sat May 01, 2010 9:06 am

Yes, you certainly can. I think you have my email, no?

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Post   » Sat May 01, 2010 11:53 am

Yes ma'am. DH just got new computer system, so I'll have to have him transfer the files over for me and then I'll send. I also have Sasquatch's (a cuy/polydactil) x-rays for you. Hopefully, you'll get them this weekend.


Post   » Thu May 27, 2010 2:59 pm

Can i ask what arthritis looks like on a xray?

As when I had one of my pigs x rayed for a bladder stones the vet said that he had arthritis in his both back knees and they looked like chipped pieces of bones, as when I first saw the xray I thought he did have stones as they looked like stones near his knees,they were only visible on the side view xray and he is now on metacam twice a day.
The vet a saw was a cavy vet.

I didnt know that he had arthritis but i did notice that he did sometimes 'bunny hop' rather than walk 'normally'. I was also told this maybe the reason why he was squeaking whilst weeing and now he has improved being on the metacam, but still has some occasions when he squeaks but not every day.

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Post   » Fri May 28, 2010 2:52 am

There are some x-rays of Salana's boar, Jackie, on this thread. She also posted a link to a video showing how the arthritis affected his walk.


Post   » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:58 pm

My intact, American shorthair boar, 5 yo at the time, complained at being held, was less active than usual. He was diagnosed, by x ray, with arthritis in hocks and knees. Initially started with Metacam EOD, SID if feeling worse than usual, and had slight improvement. Started on Cosequin, 1/4 capsule SID, and much more improvement in 2 weeks. Now gets Metacam only if having a really bad day and is now able to go with only a couple of doses a week. Cold weather will probably necessitate more Metacam.

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Post   » Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:47 am

Bibi was 4 when it started, hopped sometimes, held one leg up sometimes, limped, was less active, minimal weight loss, no more popcorning and running.

No vet in Belgium treats arthritis so far, so had to resort to non toxic herbal medication, which took some research. Recalculated the human dosage on the wrapper to piggie dosages, according to Bibi's weight. Dissolved in water.

Dr. Vogel: Altrosan (Harpagophytum), especially for arthritis pain treatment.

Dr. Vogel Alchemilla + glucosamine: it supposes to repair the damage arthritis causes.

The minimal amount I can make lasts about 14 days in the fridge, then it needs replacement.

Within 2 hours of the first dosage, I saw her run at rocket speed again, couldn't believe my eyes. She popcorns again too. She hasn't shown any problem since I started the herbs. I can still raise the dosage if I have to, I started with the minimal dosage.


Post   » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:17 pm

Pigjes, its great to hear! how often have you kept up this medication and how is Bibi doing on it? Do you still use it?

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Post   » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:09 am

Bibi just died, unfortunately. The xray's are in here and you clearly see the arthritis herbs worked well in her case.
I kept giving her a minimal dosage for about 11 months till her death.


Post   » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:55 am

My guinea pig Brownie is male, about 7 years old. Yesterday he was having trouble walking on his right hind leg. Took him to the vet. He got x-rays that show severe arthritis. (His rear right leg was broken many years ago when he had a different owner.) Yesterday he was eating/drinking fine. Gave him 7 units of metacam yesterday and upped his vitamin c. He isn't eating as well today. I know he is getting on in years, but hope he will bounce back. He is such a sweetie and I hate to see him having trouble getting around and obviously not feeling very well.


Post   » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:38 pm

Piggie is 7 and vet has confirmed arithritis. Here is what I have found works for us:

- a little exercise every day. Not much, but enough to make him get up and move around at least twice a day.

- a bath in the bathtub one a week. About 2 - 2.5 inches of warm water. It helps him to walk around in the bathtub, and he needs it to keep clean from sitting in pee.

- Vet recommended Dasaquin, for cats. He won't take it in food (as it is fish-flavored), but he does take it mixed with Critical Care, in a syringe and given orally. It is glucosamine and does help, if given every day.

- Vet also gave a perscription for Gabapentin, orally. I have only given this to him once, so I don't know how good it is or if it helps.

- No weight loss and appitite seems good.

- Hope this is helpful to others with senior piggies.

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Post   » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:58 am

Gabapentin? That's strange, as it's meant for neurological issues. I have taken it myself and ... well ... only once, because I had the most awful side-effects. It also made me hallucinate, but not in a fun way. I thought a man was sitting on top of my cabinets at night, although I knew that was rubbish. I can laugh with it now, but it was scary!

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Post   » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:30 pm

Has anyone tried this for arthritis?

My Winnie is now 8 yrs + 7 months old and lately has been really wobbley, leaning, back legs giving out, not wanting to walk much. She's on daily metacam but I don't know that it's helping (and am nervous to increase dose, which may affect kidneys). Haven't tried cosequin but just asked my vet about it. Sounds like it takes a while before helping, and not sure we have a while to wait and see! Not ready to euthanize her, but this week she's been struggling for sure.


Post   » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:02 pm

Did not continue the gabapentin after trying it once. It did not help and piggie seemed more uncomfortable than before. Also did not like what I read about side-effects, although it is given to dogs, cats and other animals. Still doing the Dasequin (for cats) and that seems to help. Also have Metacam, but have not given it yet either.

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Post   » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:21 pm

1 - Precious, American, 4.5 years, female
2 - She had started walking strangely with her back legs, they looked kinda bow legged, also stopped being so active/using ramps in her cage.
3 - Xray showed arthritis in her hips and knees.
4 - Metcam every 2 - 3 days (we can bump up to daily, but started off slow since the arthritis is not too bad)
5 - First day on dosage, no progress yet.
6 - None.


Post   » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:17 pm

1 - breed, age and sex of pig
Himi/sheltie cross. Male, roughly 6 years old. I can only estimate his age as he was a rescue.

2 - brief description of signs leading you to suspect arthritis
Slight bunny hopping at playtime and damp hair around the groin area (possibly not moving whilst urinating and/or not grooming properly).

3 - diagnostics done and the results
Vet examined his hips - they almost locked when she extended his hind legs.

4 - treatment, med and dosage
We're starting with 0.3ml metacam daily and will consider Rimadyl in the near future.

5 - results of treatment
Not started treatment yet, only just got him home and did a search here for cartrophen (aka Rimadyl).

6 - other med issues
Impaction and interstitial cystitis.

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Post   » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:38 pm

1 - Custard, Abyruvian, 4 year old spayed female
2 - She was hopping on back legs but didn't show any other signs
3 - xray showed hips have severe arthritis
4 - Medacam, .1 BID, but upped to .35 BID because of other issues (below)
5 - Seems happier and running around a lot more! She actually has less sludge in her bladder now since she's more active!
6 - Arthritis was most likely caused by severe lack of vitamin C (she was a rescue). She also has pretty bad elongated roots that cause the worst drooling I've ever seen. She has no fur left on her feet and her ears are covered in crusty greens. She started at .1 medacam BID but I continued to increase until the drooling got better at .35 BID.

She also has CL but has only had one abscess from it under the chin. She is also a lumpy pig and has a lot of lumps that have been confirmed as lipomas. They're not bugging her so we leave them alone.


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Post   » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:52 pm

1 - Ginger, Abyruvian, 4 year old spayed female (Custard's sister)
2 - Didn't move around a lot, didn't like being picked up. Sister's diagnosis lead us to get an xray
3 - Had xrays done and has severe arthritis on hips as well as mid spine
4 - Started on .1 medacam BID, moved up to .35 BID (see below)
5 - Doing very, very well. She's large, 1320g, but is now moving around a lot!
6 - Has elongated roots just like her sister but not as bad (the reason for a higher medacam dose). Had 2 golf ball sized cysts on ovaries and a cancerous lump (but didn't spread). She also had a bladder stone almost pass a couple weeks ago (1/4 inch from being out). Vet was able to pull out and took 1.2ml vibramycin BID for 2 weeks.


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Post   » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:05 pm

Tracy, when medacam didn't do it for one of my pigs in pain with cancer, we gave him topical buprenorphine. It was $30 for a month supply. Not sure if it'll work for arthritis, but it's a hell of a painkiller :)

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Post   » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:27 am

Thanks for responding, gvstate01. We ended up trying an adequan injection, which I believe is liquid (faster acting) cosequin. Since Winnie's problems could have been cancer-related rather than (or in addition to) arthritis, she was also given steroids as a last effort; my vet and the technicians said that really perks up ferrets with cancer. But in the end, Winnie's mobility (lack thereof) resulted in poor quality of life, so I opted for euthanasia on 7/29/11. We're thinking maybe her cancer had spread to her bones at that point, resulting in very weak back legs that couldn't support her body anymore. There's a whole thread about Winnie's cancer (started as mammary lumps at age 6) -- here I was just grasping re: arthritis treatments.


Post   » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:40 pm

1 - Nanni, abyssian, 6 years old, spayed female

2 - difficulty in jumping

3 - we made x-ray and there was a stone that was expelled the same day, no other stones were formed

4 - metacam 0.1 ml for 3-4 days when she is in pain (half capsule/ day)
arnica comp heel (half capsule every 12 hours)

5 - homeopathy and movement are helping a lot
Now she holds the legs more relaxed than before
here an old photo

6 - only ovarian cysts when she was 2 years old

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