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If you don't want him to be on rimadyl long term, talk to your vet about milder alternatives that do not need as much oversight.
Our two old dogs were on tramadol and aspirin. And we made various alterations in our home to help them out. Thicker bedding on the floor for them since they couldn't get up on the beds and couches. And in the case of your dog, I'd suggest raising that bowl up for him.
Beneful is one of those foods that I keep getting alarming "DON'T EVER FEED" posts on my facebook from my instructors and fellow dog people. Honestly, at his age I'd feed what he enjoys eating. You don't want to switch to something crazy if it is going to upset his stomach. I wouldn't personally feed Beneful though.
Other things you can do.... Phycox - is pretty expensive a joint supplement, but many of my friends with elderly dogs swear by it. I've never given it to my dog, but it's something I've kept in mind later on down the road when my Jacks is an old man.There are other joint supplements as well that may help at least alleviate his joints locking up and so forth.
Good luck - and considering his old age, I am sure you have been taking great care of him if this has just been a recent development with the food.