Anti-inflammatory drugs for dogs
Inflammation occurs in dogs as a result of injury or irritation and it can cause redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs are designed to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. Anti-inflammatory drugs are available for dogs both over-the-counter and by prescription.
That being said, anti-inflammatory drugs can have side effects so it is best to consult your veterinarian before giving one to your dog.
This chewable tablet is typically used for dogs after they have had orthopaedic surgery, or to treat pain associated with osteoarthritis. It is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. The tablets are flavoured, which makes it much easier to give them to your dog. Your dog should not take Deramaxx if he is allergic to aspirin or other NSAID drugs.
You should also avoid giving your dog this drug if it is taking aspirin, other NSAID drugs, or corticosteroids. This medication can be administered with or without food and has few side effects. Some side effects would include vomiting, diarrhoea, change in stool colour, decreased appetite, change in drinking or urination habits and behaviour issues such as depression, or restlessness.
Etogesic is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. If your dog has had an allergic reaction to other NSAID drugs you should not give it this medication. It should not be given to your dog if you are already giving it another NSAID or steroid medication. Etogesic rarely causes serious side effects in dogs. Mild side effects may include changes in appetite, diarrhoea, blood in stool, change in behaviour, yellow skin, yellow gums, yellow eyes-whites, change in drinking habits, change in urination habits and skin problems such as scabs, itching and redness.
Metacam is a NSAID drug available in liquid form, administered orally by dropper. It is used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs.It should not be used if your dog is currently taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or corticosteroids. If your dog is allergic to aspirin and other NSAID drugs you should not give this medication to him. Dogs under 4.5 kg (10 lb) should not be given this drug directly in their mouth. Instead place the drops of medication over your dog's food.
Previcox is a NSAID drug used to control pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis, or from soft-tissue surgery in dogs. Previcox should not be given to your dog if it is under 5.7 kg (12.5 lb) in body weight. If your dog is currently taking aspirin, another NSAID drug or a corticosteroid you should also avoid giving it this drug. Likewise if your dog has an allergy to aspirin or any NSAID drug it should not be given Previcox. This medication is a chewable tablet that has few side effects associated with its use. Watch for side effects such as changes in appetite, jaundice, behavioural changes, weight loss, skin redness scabs or itchiness and changes in bowl movements or urination.
Novox is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat osteoarthritis and pain following surgery in dogs. Novox caplets are available by prescription only and are administered orally. You should not give your dog Novox if it is allergic to aspirin or other NSAID drugs. Additionally, if your dog is taking steroids, aspirin or other NSAID drugs it should not take Novox. Serious side effects are rare in dogs taking Novox. Mild side effects may include vomiting, diarrhoea, change in appetite, change in behaviour, jaundice and change in drinking and urinary habits.
Rimadyl is a NSAID drug used to treat osteoarthritis and pain following surgery in dogs. You can give your dog Rimadyl as a caplet or chewable tablet by mouth. It is also administered via injection to control pain during surgical procedures. Rimadyl should not be given with aspirin, NSAIDS or steroid drugs. It should also be avoided if your dog has an allergy to aspirin or NSAID drugs. Serious side effects are rare with this drug. Mild side effects may include diarrhoea, vomiting, change in appetite, behaviour changes, jaundice, skin problems and changes in drinking or urination habits.
Adequan is a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory that is used to treat and control the symptoms of degenerative or traumatic arthritis. It falls into a class of drugs known as DMOAD, or disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs. It is available by prescription only and administered via injection. It works by inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage within your dog's joints, reduce inflammation and increases the thickness of the fluid in the joint. Side effects are not common with this drug. If you notice signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling, diarrhoea, vomiting, shock, seizures, hives, itching, pale gums, cold limbs or coma contact your vet immediately.
Zubrin prescription anti-inflammatory tablets for dogs are used to treat pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis. These tablets work quickly because they are designed to rapidly disintegrate once ingested. The tablets should be administered with food or within one to two hours of your dog eating. Zubrin should not be given to your dog is it is taking or allergic to aspirin or any other NSAID drug. In addition to this, if your dog is taking steroid drugs your should avoid giving him Zubrin. Side effects of Zubrin are rare, but may include digestive upset, change in appetite, behaviour changes, jaundice, changes in drinking or urinary habits and skin problems.
Aspirin is one of the only over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications available for dogs. Most aspirin for dogs comes in chewable form with flavoured tabs for easy administration. Aspirin relieves pain from arthritis and reduces inflammation. It can also be used to reduce fever. It is best to buy buffered aspirin so your dog is less likely to experience digestive side effects when taking it. Some side effects may include vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased appetite, change in stool colour, change in behaviour or a decrease/increase in water consumption. Do not give aspirin to your dog is he is already taking another medication to treat arthritis, inflammation, or anticoagulation (blood thinners) without first consulting your veterinarian.
- US Food and Drug Administration: NSAID labels
- 1800-PetMeds: Pain medications
- "The welfare of dogs"; Kevin Stafford; 2007
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