Rated 5 out of 5 Nellie's second reprieve
Nellie is a purebred German Shorthaired Pointer, dumped in a Cook County Forest Preserve at the age of 8, who found her way to a shelter where my husband and I volunteer. Although we already had 3 dogs, we brought her home to foster and ended up adopting her because no suitable adopter wanted a senior dog with special needs. Nellie was a confused bundle of nerves when we brought her home, hence the name the shelter gave her - (Nervous) Nellie. Over the next year, her problems grew - she had frequent accidents in the house, drank so much water (and then urinated) that we had her blood and urine tested several times, and showed many other signs of canine cognitive disorder. We were so frustrated with her behavior that we considered euthanizing her if we couldn't find a "cure." After giving her (vet prescribed) thyroid medication (to no apparent good) for nearly a year, I did some research and learned about selegiline. I told our vet we were doing no more tests and I wanted this medication for Nellie. We saw signs of improvement within 10 days. She's calmer and more comfortable with us and the other dogs. She is less agitated, therefore pants less, therefore drinks less water, therefore urinates less. She's less confused and therefore more likely to let us know she needs to go out. Where we once had 5 accidents in a 3-day period (and 3 in one day), we've now had only one in the last 2 months. It's a miracle! She's not "perfect" but none of us is. We know the drug works because we ran out for a couple of days (when we miscalculated the amount of time it would take to get a refill) and she lost ground, getting back to the "new normal" once we got the pills again. I can't recommend this medication highly enough. It saved Nellie's life a second time.
September 28, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 Quick and Efficient
Our order was placed on line one day, the vets' office was contacted the next and the meds were sent out the same day. Great Service.
August 23, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 Very helpful!
My youngest chld er... my pet dog is in really great shape physically for her age but the mind was slipping a little! (Kind of funny/sad... she would go stand in a corner like a time out and not know how to back up to get out of the corner, constantly walking in circles...) We give her a pill in the morning and evening and she is doing so much better and sleeping well at night! The prices online were so much better than buying them from a vet here.
May 3, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 A NEW LEASH ON LIFE!
My story is almost exactly the same as Samuel's including my dog's vets being unfamiliar with the disorder and the medication. I did the research and provided them with the information. My vets told me my dog had all sorts of problems and needed to be put to sleep. They were wrong! This medication has given me my old friend back! He is doing GREAT on this medication for the past 6 months! His symptoms and behaviors including: Confusion, whining, pacing, walking in circles, not responding to his name, agitation, disturbances in sleep/wake cycle, becoming "lost" in familar places in residence, staring at walls, etc etc etc have all either decreased drastically or ceased all together. He is doing GREAT on this medication which is the generic version of Anipryl! *Consistency* in giving your pet this medication is very important! Also some foods and medications should be avoided if your pet is on this medication. Takes about 2-6 weeks for max effect to occur. My dog was already 1000% percent improved in less than 3 days! Remember, your vet might not be familiar with this disorder or this medication! Do the research and show them! I can't tell you how close my dog came to being put to sleep simply because his vets were uninformed and in error. I have my old friend back, and we have more time together now thanks to this medication!
June 28, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5 Affordable
This is the generic for ANIPRYL. It works great for my old dog Stanley!!! Great price also
February 7, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5 Back from the brink - A Canine Alzheimer's Disease Story
Be advised - most family veterinarians are not familiar with treating and diagnosing canine aging illnesses that affect a dog's cognitive functions. So, as owner- you sometines need to do the research for your vet...
Originially tested on animals, Selegiline the generic for the drug Anipryl is an absolute miracle remedy for Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (the canine equivalent of Alzheimer's Disease).
Our dog lucy has been taking the medication for over a year, it has literally brought her back from dementia.
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome has the following symptoms in dogs:
A dog does not recognize it's own name when called; &
A dog forgets to do things they are accustomed to like walking down stairs, jumping up on a familiar couch or bed; &
A dog appears confused and agitated, staring at walls, whimpering at the inability to maneuver throw familiar terrain.
*This is a prescription item
July 27, 2005