After being on Metacam (primarily to help with eye problems as it relieves the pressures in his eyes caused by I think uveitis) for a good couple of years or so, our old dog is finally showing all of the side effects... loss of appetite, generally a bit fed up and lethargic, liver problems and possible stomach ulcers. He's been taken off the Metacam but the vet says there isn't anything else he can give for the eye problems (apart from Rimadol (?) which had the same effect, hence changing to Metacam). He may end up needing to have his eye removed but that's something we can deal with later on down the line, should we decide there is no alternative to putting him through an op (I'd prefer not to but not just my decision).
However, he's also a bit stiff, as old animals tend to be and the Metacam obviously really helps with this. His appetite has returned with avengeance since coming off the Metacam, which is great, but I'm expecting him to start getting stiff again. Is there anything we can give him which will help with that? I'm thinking along the lines of the horsey No-Bute, Devil's Relief and similar supplements. Can dogs have Devil's Claw?