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Diclofenac works well to relieve swelling and pain caused by inflammatory diseases.
And that explains why owners often ask if this drug is safe enough for their dogs.
Here’s the deal:
Going it alone, with leftover Diclofenac, is a bad approach. It would be unsafe because this particular NSAID is linked to some serious side effects. Your dog could be harmed.
As a strong pain mediation, it is essential that a veterinary professional sign off on the treatment.
Dogs Can Take Diclofenac (vet prescription required)
Also known as Voltaren, giving this drug to your pet is not to be taken lightly!
Without sufficient knowledge, the situation could easily turn tragic. Death is even possible.
The Dangers For Dogs
Diclofenac can cause mild to severe side effects in dogs.
- Black or bloody stools
- Decreased appetite
And there are much more serious complications linked to this medication.
For example, there are dogs with liver damage as a result of taking Diclofenac.
Check The Clinical Data
A 2002 study found, “BUN and creatinine levels were significantly increased” when dogs were given a bit less than 1.5mg of Diclofenac (twice daily) per pound of their body weight.
This confirms our worst fears:
Kidney harm and stomach ulcers. Renal damage has been documented.
Effective Pain Reliever?
Despite the dangers, the NSAID works for its intended purpose and for pets too.
The Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances found Diclofenac to be, “an excellent analgesic for postoperative pain in healthy dogs.”
However, it should be pointed out that this study was carried out under super controlled conditions meaning risks were professionally minimized.
Diclofenac For K9 Eyes
As stated earlier, there are widely accepted uses for dogs and though they often relate to the eyes.
Such scenarios may call for administering the medication as a formula called Voltaren Ophthalmic® (0.1% Diclofenac sodium liquid solution).
In any case, do not give your dog Diclofenac without proper guidance.
The Bottom Line
Only your veterinarian can decide if Diclofenac is right for your dog.
Routine use for animals applies to specific ophthalmic problems. Diclofenac for pain is an entirely different animal (pun intended)!
In all seriousness, do not take any chances!
Get a diagnosis. Only then can a safe and appropriate med be prescribed for whatever inflammatory issue your dog is facing.