We’ve covered different NSAIDs and their suitability for dogs. The sheer number of brands, however, makes covering the subject difficult. It’s time to address the entire issue and clarify misconceptions.
NSAIDs can certainly be dangerous for dogs and they should be used with great caution. Tens of thousands of canines have been harmed or have died from their misuse.
The good news is that NSAIDs have improved over the years. Some have been developed for pets. Reduce risks and choose a brand, with a vet’s help, that will safely help your dog.
Can I Give My Dog NSAIDs? Answer: Yes, a safe brand with veterinary help
Forget familiar names. Get an NSAID that’s safe. Better yet, first try Pet Pain Plus.
Geriatric dogs are often dealing with a combination of hip dysplasia, deteriorating joints with associated pain, osteoarthritis and arthritis. You’re likely here because your dog has a pain problem. We will be recommending at least three lesser known NSAIDs; all of which you should discuss with a veterinarian.
First, learn more about how these medications actually work!
How NSAIDs Actually Work
NSAIDs are very effective because they quickly block prostaglandin production. That’s the primary cause of inflammation and the associated symptoms.
This process, which inhibits enzymes including cyclooxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2), also work for dogs. Side effects, however, can be more harmful for animals and you may not even see it happening.
Some NSAIDs selectively inhibit certain enzymes, while allowing others (ie. COX-1) to behave normally. This has important pain treatment implications for dogs. The end result is fewer side effects.
Caution with Popular Names
People know the older NSAID brand names, common pain killers, which explains why so many dogs are poisoned. These popular over-the-counter products are, by and large, inappropriate for pets.
Below are a few better NSAIDs which can work for your dog. Use them and 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 favor carprofen NSAIDs or Vetprofen. All NSAIDs are potentially dangerous, especially when used improperly. First try a more natural approach to treat your dog’s 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 take the previously mentioned pain tablets and we’re seeing good results.
Conclusion on NSAIDs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce a dog’s pain. Many aren’t safe though. It’s true that NSAIDs are given to pets all the time, but they can be harmful. Reduce your dog’s risks. Use NSAIDs like EtoGesic, Metacam or Rimadyl. These brands are just as effective. Better yet, try natural alternatives.