NSAID Information

nsaidPlease read this bit of information if your dog is receiving an NSAID (i.e. Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam etc.)Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) provide pain control for dogs and cats by reducing inflammation that leads to pain.  NSAIDs offer great pain control and are commonly used in conjunction with other pain medications (such as Tramadol or Fentanyl).  Commonly used NSAIDs are: Rimadyl (Carprofen), Etogesic (Etodolec), Deramaxx (Deracoxib), Previcox (firocoxib), Metacam (Meloxicam).

It is extremely important that you are aware of potential side effects when administering these drugs to your dog or cat. All NSAIDs should be used with caution, because they all have the potential for serious side effects, especially gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, or even gastrointestinal perforations, even in rare cases kidney damage and liver problems.  Side effects have been reported to be most common if NSAIDs are overdosed or used in conjunction with other medications that increase the likelihood of side effects.  Therefore, please follow the instructions below carefully:

  • Please follow the dosing instructions carefully – DO NOT USE A HIGHER DOSE IF YOU THINK YOUR PET IS STILL PAINFUL!
  • Please refrain from using any human pain medications for your pet since these medications can cause life-threatening side effects in animals (especially Ibuprofen, Tylenol [Acetaminophen] and Aspirin).
  • Please make sure that your pet did not receive any other drug in the NSAID class during the last week.  These drugs include (please ask us if a drug that you have given is not included in this list): Deramaxx, Rimadyl, Metacam, EtoGesic, Piroxicam, Aspirin and Ketoprofen
  • Please make sure that your pet did not receive any steroids (prednisone, dexamethasone) during the last week.


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