Is your dog on an anti-inflammatory medication such as Metacam, Rimadyl or Deramaxx? These medications can certainly be expensive, but they do tend to work well. I have seen many arthritic dogs get a new lease on life by going on one of these medicines.
I have recently started prescribing a medication called Previcox. This is a Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory that seems to be just as effective as the drugs mentioned above. If your dog is currently on another NSAID, it is safe to switch to Previcox. Depending on your dog’s situation your vet may advise a few days without medication just to be safe while we do the switch.
In my experience, Previcox is about 2/3 the price of the others and it seems to be just as effective with the same degree of safety. It comes in a tablet that is easily divided if necessary to get the correct dosage.
And here’s another tip: If your dog is on Metacam, you can ask your vet if they can order in generic Meloxicam. This is a pill version of Metacam that is used in people. It is less expensive. However, because it is a pill and not liquid it is sometimes hard to get the correct dose for every size of dog.
For more great tips on how to save money on vet care, check out these money saving tips. You can find really practical tips that are guaranteed to save you money on vet bills. These are a collection of 11 years experience as a veterinarian. I hope you enjoy them!