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      25.01.2012 19:19
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      My 5 year old lab developed pancreatitis and liver failure because of this drug, which led to death.

      My 5 year old labrador retriever started limping, so we took him to the vet (12/12/11), who took some x-rays to confirm that he has no arthritis. She assumed that the cause of the limping might have been a sprain or sore muscles, so she gave us Rimadyl and told us to give him 2 100 mg tablets daily. She didn't take any blood test or tell us about the potential side-effects. We trusted her and gave our dog, Sunny, the medication. He suddenly became so cheerful and his legs stopped hurting. However, after 6 days of use, we woke up to find puddles of bad diarrhea and vomit in the living room. We thought it was just one of his occasional stomach upsets, so we decided to fast him. When I took him out to walk that day, his stomach began to hurt suddenly, so he lied down and refused to go back home. It seemed more serious than just a stomach upset, so we stopped the medication in case that was causing his symptoms. We did not know about the fatalities associated with this drug until we decided to look it up in the evening, when he started panting heavily and shaking. We took him to an emergency vet, and an ultrasound revealed pancreatitis. We left him overnight for IVs, then took him home with medication and caring instructions. He seemed better, but still panted a little and had some trouble walking. We took care of him as instructed and spent nearly all day with him that day. The next day, he wasn't getting any better. His stomach started bloating, he grew weaker, had no apetite, and didn't urinate because he had so much trouble walking. The third day after we took him home, he panted even heavier and still could not eat. He was very weak - he could barely hold his head up to look at us or to drink. We had to hold his water bowl under his head for a bit and wait until he finally found some strength to slurp. We tried various creating various foids, as he had no energy to eat rice and chicken. We tried blending potatoes and water and cutting up meatballs into tiny pieces in his soup. He still would not eat. In the morning of the fourth day, we took him to another vet. She discovered that his gums turned yellowish and suspected a liver problem. She took a blood test, which revealed that the liver enzymes were elevated to above 1000. We all felt he would not survive, so we made the decision to take him home with pain medication, as we were not ready to let him go. We spent the rest of the day with him and he passed away that evening (12/22/11).
      Do not give your dog this medication for any reason, as it can kill your dog in a matter of days or weeks. Please save a few lives by passing this on to everybody you know.

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      22.10.2010 22:36
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      RIMADYL KILLS

      my dog was becoming more arthritic, she had full blood tests and i was told she was in perfect health. she was prescribed rimadyl for her arthritis. i was told she would need regular blood test to check her liver enzymes and if they altered the rimadyl would be stopped. The rimadyl killed her before her first scheduled test. She stopped eating and was incontinent, i took her to vets and a blood test showed high liver enzymes and i was told she'd had a reaction to the rimadyl. she was prescribed medication, she gradually deteriorated had several blood tests and medication. The vet thought she may also have stomach ulcers. she was aggressive, lethargic, incontinent and became very thin due to not eating anything offered. she was admitted to the veterinary hospital when she got jaundice, then developed pancreatitis. She was on IV fluids, shrynge fed and lots of medication. body scans and xrays ruled out any other illness. when i visited her she was too poorly to respond. exactly 4 weeks after reaction was noticed (9weeks after starting rimadyl). She began to bleed internally and went into organ failure. My dog had to be put to sleep because of this killer drug. Her death has been reported as an adverse reaction. i was unaware what this drug could do until it was too late and would never let it be given to any of my dogs if i had known what it was capable of doing. i will never forgive myself for giving her the rimadyl while thinking it was doing her good it was slowly poisoning her. Dont let this happen to your dog. do not use rimadyl.

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      13.04.2010 14:21
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      Could stop a lot of suffering in animal if used correctly.

      There is, IMHO some erroneous information been given out regarding Rimadyl. Also I suspect that in some cases half a story is being told. Rimadyl IS NOT banned in the USA. What happened was Pfizer, who manufactured the drug for human use did not get it passed by the FDA. Some people are confusing this with a ban, it is not the same. Rimadyl is still prescribed to animals in the USA.

      If taken correctly with all the necessary precautions Rimady is a very safe drug. Your dog must have a blood test before being prescibed this drug. This is to check liver/ kidney function in the main. It is a class of drug called NSAIDS, which are ant-inflamatory, like the human drug Ibufren. Ibufren is very dangerous to dogs though. Why? Well its because idiot, irresponsible owners buy it over the counter, pretend they are vets and dose their animal with it. This would possibly kill said animal, stupid owner then blames the NSAIDS they have given dog.

      I have no answer to the reviews which state their dog died shortly after taking Rimadyl. I believe them all and sympathise with them all. But one has to ask themselves certain questions. This applies to the drug prescribed post-op. How old the dog was, if Rimadyl had not been prescribed could some other factor have still led to the death of the dog? Difficult of course to answer that one. Operations are always risky performed on animals, humans too with our filthy hospitals! So consequently a great deal of these dogs may still have died from some other factor.

      My vet prescribes this to hundreds of clients, it is the most popular practise in the area I live in, obviously I have no intention of naming them. So the very amount of tablets they dish out is extremely high. My friend sometimes works part-time on reception and she tells me not ONE single complaint has ever been made and truthfully she would tell me. My dog was prescribed Rimadyl after an operation, the scar was 11 inches long with, of course lots of stitches. Reason for giving it to my dog was twofold, to reduce swelling of scar tissue and for pain relief. If scar tissue swells it can become infected.

      There were no problems whatsoever with this drug. My dog healed up ok and did not appear to be in pain, although that is sometimes difficult to detect in a dog as of course the poor animal cannot tell you. My friends Lab has been prescribed these for "years" now for arthritis, the dog receives regular blood tests for reasons already given. Any responsible vet will do these tests. This dog in question has had no problems at all taking Rimadyl. I sometimes wonder if all this hysterical hype ( not in these reviews I must add) you read about on the net are just simply anti-Pfizer rants.

      I would swear by this drug after my dog has used it, I would buy this drug under veterinary supervision if my dog ever got arthritis. I would also buy it as a pain-killer if need be. I am not a vet, this is just my view but then what is this site all about? Peoples views. I would never call other peoples reviews as their own experience would be different to mine of course. If your dog suffers from arthritis, do it right from the start. If your vet says a blood test is not needed then change vets. Dogs liver etc. must be checked out first. Test is around £32.00 but who really cares when it is your pet. I rate this product 5 stars without any hesitation.

      I have a very coincidental update to this review just 24 hours after writing it.
      My sis-in-law had to take her lab to the PDSA, suspected nerve damage/problems why. I phoned her when I knew she would be back and she informed me they had put the dog on Rimadyl-- I swear on the Holy Bible this is true-- Her dog weighs 29kg, mine weighs 64kg. Mine is on 2 x 100mg twice a day, her dog was given the same dosage. I asked about a blood test " No, they didn`t test her blood " she tells me. I have always been led to believe this is absolutely essential, well it is. So it begs the question why the PDSA did not check the dogs vital functions first. She is not giving the dog the tablets and she has made another appointment to see a vet in two days from this update.

      I have told her that if they do not consider it essential to have these blood tests then she is to pull dog out of the PDSA and I will pay for her dog at my vets. Not rich at all but what can one do when its a fur face? This is a wierd "coincidence" and perfectly true.

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      24.01.2010 02:55

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      I lost my beloved companion to Rimadyl

      We've had a surprisingly cold winter in the UK...as a result, my 11 year old blue heeler/black lab mix, Dante, was showing signs of arthritic joints. Concerned, I brought her to the vet to see if there were any underlying causes for her affected hips. After two weeks of blood tests and x-rays, Dante was prescribed Rimadyl to relieve the pain and inflammation resulting from early onset arthritis in her lower spine and hind legs...the x-rays indicated that the inflammation was very minimal, but the vet stated the Rimadyl would help slow the progression of arthritis and relieve Dante's discomfort. She prescribed 5 days of Rimadyl treatment with a follow-up appointment to reassess Dante's progress. If only I had known what would happen in the days to follow...

      Day one of using Rimadyl showed a hint of improvement, Dante was able to keep her hind legs under her while laying on the floor, and she seemed more "perky." I was hopeful that Rimadyl would help her get through the cold winter and put the jolly skip back into her step.

      Mid-day day two...it appeared something was wrong. Dante vomited, only once. By evening she was stumbling horribly...unable to support her weight on her hind legs. I spent the night at her side, carrying her in and out because she couldn't move. Her front legs had given out as well. I was up all night, anxious of what might be wrong...obviously she was having a reaction to the Rimadyl, but I couldn't get her to the vet until 9am.

      I took Dante to the vet hopeful that by immediately stopping the use of the Rimadyl and providing her veterinary support, she would recover. The plan was to put Dante on IV fluids for re-hydration, get a blood test to find out what was going on and keep her at the clinic for observation...the results were devastating. Just 2 hours after leaving her in the vet's care, I received a call informing me that Dante's kidneys and liver had failed! Dante had been given Rimadyl for only two days, as indicated by the vet.

      Sadly, Dante did not survive. I had to let her go just 48 hours after her first dose of Rimadyl. I fault myself for not being more pro-active in researching the effects of Rimadyl, I trusted my vet as a professional. I fault my vet for not providing me with the necessary information or the opportunity to discuss alternative options for treatment of Dante's ailment. But most importantly, I fault Pfizer for not acknowledging the adverse effects of Rimadyl as they truly appear!

      For those considering the use of Rimadyl, make sure to consider all other avenues for treatment first! I have learned at the expense of my beloved Dante...I will NEVER allow any future canine companion to succumb the possible adverse affects of Rimadyl; no matter how improbable Pfizer makes them out to be.

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      23.11.2009 16:33

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      Horror Drug

      My mum & dad had a 12 year old German Shepherd called Barney who was described by the vet as "in better than average condition for his age "but was described with osteoarthritis in its rear legs , 6 months ago The Vet prescribed Rimadyl - 50mg in the morning with food and 50 mg in the evening with food.

      3 weeks ago my Dad phoned me to say that he had a problem with Barney and could I come round , on my arrival I found Barney laying on the floor breathing very heavy.

      We phoned the Vet who came round and said the heavy breathing was a reaction to the pain of the osteoarthritis and gave Barney an injection of Rimadyl and then upped the dosage of the tablets to 100mg in the morning and 100mg in the evening. At no time were we advised of any side effects regarding Rimadyl.

      Since that day it was like Barney aged instantly !

      Within that 3 week period since the increased dosage he became , lethargic , lost weight ,bouts of diarrhea ,heavy panting , accidents around the house and slept a lot.

      I went away on business last Tuesday (10/11/09) knowing Barney was completely off his food and trying to vomit , I phoned my parents daily to see if his condition had changed but to no avail. On Thursday they called the Vet out to be told that Barney had a high temperature and had most probably caught a stomach bug , he was given an injection of antibiotics and also prescribed antibiotic tablets. If his condition did not change within 24 hours then she would like to take some blood tests.

      First thing Friday morning I received a telephone call to say that Barney couldn't control himself and had bouts of diarrhea while passing pools of red blood. I raced home (170 mile journey ) as quick as I could. The Vet was there when I got home , she advised me that Barney had become severely dehydrated and would need to be taken back to the Vet's to be put on a drip and also to have blood tests to see what the stomach problems were.

      My parents and I decided against this - a) Because of his back legs ,To get him in a car to get him to and fro from the vets, would be very stressful b) to put him in a confined cage in a strange environment ( Barney was a very sensitive dog ) and on a drip for the weekend while not being able to control himself , again would be stressful.

      taking into consideration - the deteriation of his rear legs , his age and the diarrhea with the awful blood in it. We took the unimaginable decision to put him to sleep. My mum & dad are in their early 80's and had Barney since a pup , from that day he never spent a single day apart from either Mum or Dad , so you can imagine how hard it was for them.

      It wasn't until I mentioned it to a friend of mine that he told me that his dog went the same way after being prescribed Rimadyl , it was then that I started to investigate the internet and found the horror stories and symptoms that were similar to Barney's.

      Hand on heart I cannot say that it was Rimadyl that caused Barney's death ( And we shall never know ) but the symptoms are too close to call.

      If I knew what I know now I would never have let my parents give Barney the Rimadyl and I would discourage anyone from using this drug , I have not told my parents of my fears and thoughts or of the sending of this e-mail. I would hate them to feel any guilt , the loss of Barney is hard enough for all of us to take.

      Thanks for listening

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      13.09.2009 23:14

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      do not use this medications until you have been made aware of the side effects

      my airedale terrier 2yo was a big and energetic dog but was occasionally lame on one of his back legs.The lameness usually disappeared the vet suggested it was his cruciate ligament.Ten days ago I took him back to the vet who prescribed Rimadyl 70 mg daily,after 3 days he was violently sick and had watery diarrea with possibly traces of blood.I was most concerned as he normally ate well but now he would not eat anything.I tried chicken steak treats scrambled egg all his old favourites but he refused to eat.I was advised to stop the rimadyl which by this time after 3 days i had stopped this medication.I was not told about any potential side effects or indeed given any leaflets about the dangers of rimadyl.The dog became worse but the vet advised me that their was a lot of this type of illness about i.e sickness diarrea no appetite.After another 3 days he was taken to the vets where he was xrayed and after a review of the x-ray was operated on for a possible blockage.This was subsequently found to be clear and he was put on a drip.I logged on to the dooyoo website for rimadyl and soon found that my dogs symtoms were consistant with numerous other users.I immediately informed my vet of my findings and I do not believe he was aware of the effects the drug was having on my poor airedale who is on a drip and while the vet advises to wait for blood tests before accepting the evidence that I have presented him with I fear for my beloved 2yo airedale who was a picture of health and big in stature before being prescribed rimadyl without any warnings to me regarding the horrific side effects.Please, please make the danger of the side effects compulsory to all potential pet owners including vets who are not aware of the risks involved in precribing this medication.

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      14.07.2009 18:39

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      Rimadyl = DEATHMy labrador died this Sunday on July 12, 2009. Cause: RimadylDeath in less than five hours with so many symptoms, specially his eyes were wide, we had to perform CFR and he revived, but died after two hours. Please, no more tears.

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      22.12.2008 18:33

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      do research and think carefully what problems they cause

      my dearly loved white german shepherd was prescribed rimadyl on the 15 december for arthritis i was the fool who did'nt research the drug before giving her 1 and half tablets daily she seemed a little better after a couple of days but then seemed after a couple more days lethargic and was not herself i rang the vets on saturday evening cos her abdomin seemed swollen i took her to the vets straight away she had internal bleeding and there was no hope for her i know she was old nearly 13 and she had been having health problems since july but before taking these tablets her coat was shiney and she was happy my family and me will now have an unhappy Christmas without our much loved dog she was my faithful best friend i would have never given her these tablets if i had known side effects

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      13.11.2008 20:03
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      More investigation needed

      My Labrador has a permanently runny eye and after several operations and investigations, even the 'experts' cannot find what is wrong with him. However, he has been on 50mg Rimadyl for many months plus eyedrops. I assume Rimadyl is a painkiller but I have no real idea why he was prescribed it. Now I am very concerned after reading the views expressed here. I will stop giving him the tablets for a while and see if he acts differently (happier/sadder, etc.). That is all I feel I can do. Thank you all for your information that I think, in the main, has been balanced. I only went onto Google to find cheaper Rimadyl tablets and came across a review in dooyoo. I am glad I did because I feel more informed (which is good even if the information about Rimadyl has worried me a little). I will certainly question my dog's vet more now. Thank you all again.

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        14.10.2008 00:20
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        Can be a life saver

        i feel that this drug is brilliant.
        My 8month old puppy had OCD a common joint disorder in working border collies. If it wasnt for the rimadyl he wouldnt have healed as quickly as he has.
        I really do feel for all the people who have put reviews on here about what rimadyl has done to their dogs. However i do feel in any drug used there are risks. It does state that there is a low chance of renal/liver failure. I think everyone always picks on the bad and not the good it has done for 1000's of dogs especially mine. I do agree that dogs should be checked for liver problems before the drug is given as obviously in some dogs a small amount has killed them.
        It is brilliant and owners shouldnt be to put off from what they hear as some dogs may already have had an underlying problem before the drug is given.
        I feel owners should speak to their vets first, have tests done and go from there.
        Obviously not using drugs is best, but to quicken the healing time and relive the pain of ill dogs its a life saver...
        i'm not here to make enemies to the people who have lost their dogs as i'm a dog owner of 5 and i'm an obedience trainer, so i have a huge heart, but if used correctly its a very successful drug and thats what i'm trying to get across.

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          22.05.2008 03:39

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          22.05.08 Recently lost my 4 year old springer spaniel to an adverse reaction to this drug. Although i have not been able to prove it, i am so sure thats what happened.Up until taking these drugs she had been lively, happy and healthy apart from a few ear infections. 2 to 3 weeks after taking them she became lethargic, went off her food and was generally not her usual self. Unaware of what was happening i trusted my vets advise that she had an infection and actually gave her a 2nd dose. She was then given anesthetic to have teeth and ears cleaned. All the symptoms became more intense, including seizures and shaking. Put on drip as blood results were bad. kidney failure, liver damage and pancreatitus. She died on 30.04.08,2 months after 1st dose. Only wish i had known what to look out for!

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          08.03.2008 12:23
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          DO NOT USE

          This is the first review of any product I have ever placed on the web for anything but feel compelled after my recent experience to reinforce the warnings already on this site about Rimadyl, in short it may be a wonder drug for many pet owners but , and it is a very big but, it will only help if your dog survives.

          My gorgeous and crazy Bearded Collie was bounding around absolutey fine until one morning he woke with a limp on his left rear leg, when it hadn't sorted itself out after a few days I took him along to the vet, who after a thorough look over him and saying his heart and lungs were in very good shape, diagnosed a muscle problem in his leg. She gave him an anti inflamatory injection and 2 weeks supply of tablets, I asked at the time if there were any serious side affects and was told no, it is just like ibroprufen for dogs.

          4 days into the tablets I noticed some significant changes in Nev, he was listless, his huge appetite for food was greatly diminished, every time I let him out he was trying to eat soil something he has never done, and he got swelling on his rear legs and head and there were signs of some internal bleeding on his tummy. I got hold of the tablets and read they were RIMADYL, I then did a search and was horrified at what I found.

          Not only on this site but many others I came across people with the same symptoms as Nev's, I stopped the tablets immediately and took him back to the vet who told me it was not possible for this drug to have any side effects other than long term use can lead to liver damage. She again checked his heart and lungs and told me he was very strong and there was nothing to worry about.

          In short he only lived another 10 days.

          BE VERY VERY WARY OF THIS DRUG.

          I have given this product 1 star for the purpose of being able to complete this review, in my opinion it should not be on the market

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            27.01.2008 20:37
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            DO NOT USE

            There is only one thing I can say about this drug - DO NOT USE IT.

            On Monday my dog was prescribed Rimadyl for arthritis in his elbow, today I buried him. He took the drug for just three days, after which he lost his appetite, started vomiting, became disorientated - walking into things and generally became 'vacant'. On Thursday evening his liver gave up and despite him staying in critical care at the vets, today he died. It is hard to believe that just this time last week he was fine - due to this drug he is now dead!

            I was not informed about any possible side effects (I trusted the vet) with hindsight I was foolish not to do the necessary research, this is something I will have to live with.

            We have lost a dear a faithful friend, a black labrador who was 9 years old. Nothing can bring him back but I hope that anyone reading this is doing so before giving their dog the drug and not afterwards.

            In order for this review to work I have had to give this drug a star rating, one is the lowest number available - maybe for the purposes of this drug the ratings should be in minus?

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              18.12.2007 19:14

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              Thank you for sharing this. Unfortunately our beloved Rocky was given rimadyl following cataract surgery (30th October 07). His operation was successful - he was delighted to see again. Unfortunately the rimadyl caused vomiting/loss of appetite, which the vets initially thought was a small stomach ulcer. Rocky actually had renal failure, caused by rimadyl. (Proven by autopsy). He sadly died 3 weeks after surgery, breaking our hearts. We had NO warning of the risks.

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              04.09.2007 20:26
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              FOUR WEEKS of new regime and see the difference.

              Avoid Rimadyl if at all possible!
              It is not to be recommended if you love your pet! There are so many alternatives (see below) to this drug that it isn't worth the risk of your dog being one of a long list of casualties/fatalities.

              Rimadyl is often prescribed for dogs with arthritis. It's is a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that provides relief from pain & the inflammation due to arthritis.
              It is supposed to be only available on prescription - however I know of non-registered buyers being able to purchase this over the internet.

              It is currently banned in the USA. There is a mountain of research available for you to read online as to why this drug is unsafe - the bottom line is normally liver damage.

              There's a wide range of known side-effects associated with Rimadyl - ranging from lethergy, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea to urinary problems, behavioural issues, facial swelling and disorientation.

              There are serious implications for the digestive tract, liver & kidneys when Rimadyl is used long term.

              Some vets argue that "the reason Rimadyl has the highest recorded number of incidences linked to it's use is because it is still the most widely used, therefore logical by proportion."

              This has to be agreed with that the "percentages" correlate, however the fact still remains that Rimadyl is UNSAFE and should not be used.

              Fatalities have been linked to and even directly attrbuted to the use of Rimadyl.

              Rimadyl contains ibuprofen, naproxen and ketoprofen - each of these presents its own problems & side-effects when used singly, so to feed this cocktail to your much loved pooch is asking for heartache.

              If your vet prescribes Rimadyl for your dog, you do NOT have to agree to use it. Politely point out that you have read of the dangers & ask could they suggest an alternative med to this that would suit your specific animal.
              If no suggestions are forthcoming or they are disinterested in YOUR opinion then firstly - thank them politely, walk out and find another vet!

              You have a right to say no!
              If however your vet is willing (as many I know are) to try a different approach to helping you dog, then listen to them & ask questions - read up on the internet for yourself and compare notes.

              If you wish to make suggestions then you could ask is YOUR PARTICULAR dog safe to take the following list of tablets for his/her arthritis -

              VITAMIN C
              MSM (Methylsulphonylmethane)
              Glucosamine
              Omega 3 Oil
              Hemp Oil
              Garlic Tablet

              They are simple to purchase, easy to administer & work very effectively!

              Please remember this........ it is SO important.....
              simple things such as Raisins ***KILL*** dogs. They cause liver failure and just SEVEN simple raisins is sufficient to kill your much loved pet dog.........

              THEREFORE ........

              Medicnes that YOU may consider to be 'herbal' and 'harmless' may prove to be fatal for your pet.

              ......Likewise, Medicines that we humans can only take in small doses are insufficient for some animals to be effected by (a cat can be safely prescribed enough valium to knock you, me and an elephant out!)

              So you may wonder why something as innocuous sounding as Vitamin C can be used to ease your dog's arthritic pain, but it the whole way the dog's body metabolises and utilises the actual chemicals on a molecular level that changes the effect it has on the body.

              PLEASE always check out any herbs, tablets, meds, oils etc with your own vet first, as YOUR animal may have other conditions that would prevent him/her using them.

              If your vet says the meds above are fine for your animal - give them a try for just FOUR WEEKS and see the difference!!

              Other options are ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) 20ml a day dropped into tepid gravy (NO onions- they cause renal problems) pour it over their biscuits and your dog will lap it up with glee! It helps arthritis, coat, skin, intestines etc etc.

              There is no "cure" for your dog's arthritis but he certainly doesn't need to be in pain and have his quality of life severely impaired by it.

              I really hope this helps you like it's helped hundreds of other dog owners who've tried the combination. xx

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