Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward


Info and Alerts about Veterinary Medicine, Dog Food, and Other Products
  • Vaccinations
  • Over Vaccinating
  • A study finds that most veterinary clinics over-vaccinate to maintain income stream. Learn more.... Also, watch the video of an investigative report...
  • Multiple Vaccines Administered at the Same Time Hold Danger, Especially for Small Dogs

    Small dogs more likely to have adverse reactions to multiple vaccinations, but all dogs are candidates -- read more.....

  • Top Ten Pet Toxins of 2015 The ASPCA has just published a guide listing ten of the common toxins that pets regularly consume, often with disastrous effects. You can download it and keep it as a reminder to store these items safely out of reach of your companion animal(s).

    Rimadyl....visiting the website for updates.... On a recent visit to the Rimadyl website, we found the following important information reaffirming that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication can have serious side effects and recommending screening and monitoring:

    "IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: As a class, NSAIDS may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney and liver side effects. These are usually mild, but may be serious. Pet owners should discontinue therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if side effects occur. Evaluation for pre-existing conditions and regular monitoring are recommended for pets on any medication, including RIMADYL. Use with other NSAIDS or corticosteroids should be avoided."

    Rimadyl's potential side effects are listed here.

    Also from the Rimadyl website:

    A "Rimadyl Rewards" program is described as follows: "Receive points on every RIMADYL purchase and use them like cash toward any product or service your veterinary clinic offers."

    Guess that's just good marketing, but it makes us wonder: Wouldn't you want to give your dog the best possible treatment, regardless of whether you were earning points? Why would you need to be convinced? We're just sayin'......

    Rimadyl....adverse events still occurring In August 2014, the Senior Dogs Project again began receiving reports of dog deaths suspected as being caused by the administration of Rimadyl. Please see the Rimadyl page.
    Trifexis -- a newly-approved three-month parasite control product -- August 2014

    "The common heartworm, parasite, and flea medicine Trifexis is being linked to numerous dog deaths. According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, reports from the vets and families of dogs who have died are far too common. At this point, dog deaths are being reported to the FDA at a rate of about one per day." Read more....

    Warnings and information about Pain Medication for Pets The Veterinary Medicine arm of the Food and Drug Administration has posted a page on their website addressing the topic of pain medication for pets. It's worth reviewing.

    Veterinarians must warn about drugs' side effects! It's the law!

    Warning clients about potential side effects of medications isn't just good medicine... it's the law.... If your veterinarian does not provide you with a "client information sheet" when prescribing medication for your dog, he or she is breaking the law. But don't count on law enforcement -- ask for the sheet and check for the drug's potential side effects any time your veterinarian prescribes medication for your dog.

    Seventeen years following Rimadyl's introduction, the Senior Dogs Project continues to receive reports of dogs suspected of dying from the drug's side effects of Rimadyl. The link at the left takes you to the pages on the srdogs.com site containing information -- both pro and con -- about Rimadyl.

    Etogesic A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug primarily for the treatment of the pain of arthritis...the link at the left takes you to the pages on the srdogs.com site containing information -- both pro and con -- about Etogesic
    Deramaxx A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of the pain of arthritis....Use the link in the column at the left to access the information.
    ProHeart6 Use the link at the left for information about ProHeart6. It was recalled at one time due to side effects but is now back on the market.
    Other ways to get information about veterinary drugs

    Use a search engine to find information about any drugs your dog is taking.  In addition to the site available from the drug's manufacturer, you will often find other sites with information about side effects.