Carprofen Chewable tablets is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Carprofen is commonly known for treating conditions related to pain and inflammation, such as Osteoarthritis. It functions by blocking messenger molecules involved in inflammation and pain.
You can give it to various animals, but it is mainly used in dogs. Cats tend to respond poorly to this medication. You should only give carprofen under a vet’s guidance, as getting the right dosage is very important.
IS IT SAFE?
When used at the correct dosages, this drug is relatively safe for short- and long-term use in dogs. As with all NSAIDs, there is a risk of liver, kidney, and stomach complications.
According to Pet Poison Helpline, Carprofen only has a mild toxicity level. When given in proper dosages, it’s generally safe, but giving too much or leaving the pill bottle somewhere your dog could get into could be risky.
Dogs who eat toxic amounts of Carprofen could experience:
Vomiting with or without blood
Black, tar-like stool
CARPROFEN DOSAGE FOR DOGS
Giving your dog the lowest dose of Carprofen for the shortest duration is recommended to keep them healthy and safe.
It is recommended to keep your dog healthy and safe at the smallest dose of carprofen for the shortest duration. If your veterinarian prescribes carprofen, the prescription is given.
Approximately 2 milligrams per pound of body weight is recommended for dogs. The dosage can either be divided into two 1 mg/lb servings per day or served all at once. Your veterinarian will aid you in determining the dosing plan for your dog.
CARPROFEN SIDE EFFECTS
For dogs, Carprofen has many potential side effects. Don’t give more than your recommended dosage to your dog. Forget about feeding them one day, as soon as you remember, give it to them. If you remember it too near your next planned dose, however, skip the dose you missed.
Some potential side effects include:
Liver, kidney, or gastrointestinal damage
before using Carprofen, consult your vet to ensure the two are safe to take simultaneously.
These medications should be used with caution if given with Carprofen:
Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
ACE inhibitors (enalapril)
Cyclosporine and other kidney-damaging medications
Tricyclic antidepressants (clomipramine)
Since there are so many potential drug interactions, you should always inform your vet of new drugs your dog is taking. Otherwise, taking two medications at the same time could cause additional or increased side effects.
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