We have covered the suitability, specifically for dogs, of several different NSAIDs. But there are so many brands which makes covering the subject difficult. It’s time to address the entire issue as a whole and put to rest some misconceptions.
NSAIDs can be highly dangerous for a dog and, no matter what, they should always be used with great caution. Tens of thousands of canines have been harmed or have died as a result of their misuse.
The good news is that NSAIDs have improved over the years. There are some which were developed with pets in mind. Reduce the risks and choose a brand, with the help of a vet, that will help your dog in the safest manner possible.
Can I Give My Dog NSAIDs? Answer: Yes, a safe brand with veterinary help
Forget the familiar brand names and instead get an NSAID that’s much safer. Better yet, try a natural safe alternative.
Geriatric dogs are often dealing with a combination of hip dysplasia, deteriorating joints with associated pain, osteoarthritis and arthritis. If your dog needs meds for a pain problem, we can recommend at least three lesser known NSAIDs; all of which you should discuss with your veterinarian. But first, learn more about how these medications actually work.
How NSAIDs Actually Work
NSAIDs are so effective because they quickly block prostaglandin production which is the primary cause of inflammation. This process, which also inhibits two types of important enzymes called cyclooxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2), works the same for both humans and dogs. However, the possible side effects can be more harmful for canines and you often won’t even know it.
Some NSAIDs can selectively inhibit certain enzymes, while allowing others (ie. COX-1) to behave more normally. This has important pain treatment implications for you and your dog. The end result is safer use and fewer side effects!
Caution with Popular Names
People know the older NSAID brand names, common pain killers, which partially explains why so many dogs continue to be poisoned. These popular over-the-counter products are, by and large, inappropriate for a pet dog. Lack of knowledge truly does end up having detrimental effects on our four-legged friends.
You know the names such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Bayer among others. Nearly all of the well-known brands are all wrong for helping Fido. Of course, these household pain pill names are a quick and cheap fix, but you love your dog more than that!
Below are a few better NSAIDs which can work for your dog. At the same time, they’ll be at a statistically reduced health risk.
Our suggestions are only to make you aware of them. You should consult with your veterinarian to see if these NSAIDs are appropriate for your dog. Rimadyl is probably the most popularly prescribed NSAID for use in dogs. EtoGesic is another pain treatment option to consider. Finally, Metacam generally scores well for being safe.
In general, we are fans of carprofen NSAIDs or Vetprofen. But remember, all NSAIDs are potentially dangerous especially when used improperly. It may be best to first try a more natural approach to treating pain.
Even Safer Alternatives
Duralactin greatly helps chronic canine inflammation and sore joints. It’s natural and your dog can use it long term or in combination with NSAIDs. It’s also low in lactose and the pills are chewable. Personally, our dogs use a different one (this anti-inflammatory health supplement) and we’re seeing good results.
Conclusion on NSAIDs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce your dog’s pain but they are not always safe. It is true that NSAIDs are provided to pets all the time but they can be very harmful. Reduce your dog’s risks by using safer NSAIDs such as EtoGesic, Metacam or Rimadyl. These brands are safer and just as effective for dogs. Alternatively, try natural alternatives such as those mentioned above because they often work just as well.