Pain meds for rotti-shepherd
Our 14 year old, 100 lb dog has been on prescribed pain meds for about 2 years now. He started at 1 ml and is now at 4 ml. It is for arthritis. It is so bad now that he can't come in the house because he will fall either going up or going down the two steps into the house. He has always been an outside dog though, so he is still a happy fella and we make a point of greeting him regularly.
Now, question is: I want to switch him from prescribed meds to Bufferin. So, other than trial and error, any idea how much Bufferin he will need? Edited to add: current med is meloxicam.
In case someone asks for a reason in the change: Mostly cost and partly stupidity of local vet. The last time I needed a bottle (only $80) I had to pay $300 to have the vet do a house call. The dog can't get in a vehicle anymore and our horse trailer is currently off the road. (Wouldn't that be funny: taking our dog to the vet in a four-horse 28' trailer!) The vet had to do yet another full physical and we had to listen to his holier-than-thou BS about how I should spend about $300 a month on special diet for this dog to control his arthritis. The dog's arthritis can no longer be controlled. It's a downhill slide, getting steeper. Before the meds, I had him on glucosamine and MSM and chondroitin for 18-24 mos. This dog is, unfortunately, on his way out. I suspect if he survives to the coldest part of this winter, he may need 6 ml of existing meds to control his pain which is 2 ml over the max recommended. The med will eventually have detrimental effects on his liver and kidney functions.
While I want to keep this dog as part of our family, I will not pay $300 every time I need a new bottle of meds for an old dog that by all rights should have died 2 years ago when he slipped on the ice. Or spend 2 weeks fighting to get a house call so I can be lectured to again. So, I will switch to Bufferin for as long as our family pet remains content.