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NSAID for Cats & Dogs - What You Need to Know


                                      The Ins and Outs of Using NSAID to Relieve Pain in Your Pet

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or commonly known as NSAID, is a type of medication designed to relive fever, pain and inflammation in your pet. It is widely used on human as well ie Neorufen and Voltaren. It is often used to help pets that are suffering from various forms of arthritis, knee ligament injury, inflammation in the eye, knee cap dislocation, hip and elbow dysplasia, abnormal joint cartilage development, and cancer.

  • How does NSAID work

NSAIDs are effective because they block out the body’s production of prostaglandin molecules, which are responsible for promoting pain.  Taking NSAID relieves the pain in your pet, making it easier for your pet to exercise and help the gut, heart, and lungs all return to normal functioning.  In addition, regular exercise helps your pet maintain his muscles and hold his joints in proper alignment.  In the long run, this will also help your pet experience less pain.

  • Using NSAID to Help Your Pet

Certain forms of NSAID are also developed for human use.  It is important to never use any form of medication designed for humans, including NSAID, with your pet without consulting with your local Vet first.  These medications do not necessarily behave the same way in a pet as they in a human.  Therefore, you should always consult with the veterinarian before giving your pet medication designed for humans.  It is also best to contact the veterinarian before administering NSAIDs created for pets.

  • Side Effects of NSAID

It is important to follow your veterinarian’s recommended NSAID dosage carefully.  NSAIDs can cause your pet to develop intestinal and stomach ulcers.  If this happens, you should be able to notice blood in your pet’s stool.  Blood in stool is tarry and blackish.  Or, it may look as though it contains coffee grounds.  If you notice blood in your pet’s stool, you should stop administering NSAID’s and contact the veterinarian immediately.

You also must be careful to administer only the proper dosage of NSAID to your pet.  In fact, both dogs and cats can be killed by receiving too much NSAID.  Sadly, the National Animal Poison Control Center has received a great number of calls regarding NSAID since NSAID Ibuprofen was approved as an over-the-counter drug.  Just because the medication can be obtained easily, it does not mean it should be administered carelessly.  In addition to following the veterinarian’s directions carefully, or the directions on the package, it is also important to never administer two NSAIDs to your pet at the same time.  The only exception is if your veterinarian specifically recommends that you do so.  The same is true for using NSAID and a steroid at the same time.

So Remember. Consult Your Vet.