One of my husband's older dogs, Angie, has osteoarthritis. On a recent visit to the vet for another problem, Angie was prescribed Deramaxx on a short-term basis to see how she did. Five tablets for $9.00 is expensive, but my vet has never been cheap. He's a good doctor, and I guess you get what you pay for.
Anyway, Angie seems to be able to get around better with this medication. My husband gives her 1/2 tablet once a day, so the five tablets will stretch out for ten days. The tablets are big, but they have a tasty beefy flavor, and they can be chewed up just like a dog treat. Angie has never been a finicky eater, but my husband still gives her the tablet in a pill pocket.
On the Deramaxx website, it states that this is a breakthrough medication that is safe enough to use every day. Even so, every medication has side effects, and this one is no exception. I don't like taking medication myself or giving it to pets, but there are times when you just can't get away from it. Angie seems to be tolerating this medication very well, and she also seems to be able to get around better with taking it. It is working as well as the other medication Angie was taking previously for her osteoarthritis.
I don't know if we are going to be able to afford giving this to Angie on a regular basis, but if it helps her, then we will do the best we can. So far, it does seem to be helping her.