Q: Dr. Mike: We have a 15 year old shepherd/hound cross, who still seems happy enough with life. He is on Prednisone (prescribed at 2 5mg tablets, every other day) for pain and inflammation (arthritis). He had also lost weight as he went from 85 lbs down to 70 lbs, where it has now stabilized. This seems a good weight as he has lost muscle - and his appetite has recovered and is now satisfactory. To simplify matters we actually gave Smokey 1 tablet every day for about a month, until the prescription needed refilling. The veterinarian indicated that the reason for the "two and none" regimen was to give the dog's endocrine system a chance to recover. We pointed out that the dog was 15 and that it appeared to us that his future life span was limited in any event. The vet then said he understood the point and that perhaps it really didn't make that much difference, but he preferred "two and none". We then gave Smokey the "two and none" for about a week, but his condition seemed to go up and down. Also, we managed to forget the pills a couple of times until later in the day .. and we can only see this happening more frequently (we're old, too .. 70!). Our question is: given the dog's age, is there a really strong reason for the "two and none", or will "one a day" be satisfactory? Thanks for the opportunity to pose a question, and for your time. This is a great site. Russ
SUPARTZ is indicated for treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, ., acetaminophen. You should not use SUPARTZ if you have infections or skin diseases at the injection site or allergies to poultry products. SUPARTZ is not approved for pregnant or nursing women, or children. Risks can include general knee pain, warmth and redness or pain at the injection site. Full prescribing information can be found here or by contacting customer service at 800-396-4325.