Treating Pain inYour Dog

NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are prescribed as pain, inflammation and fever relievers. NSAIDs are most commonly used for the symptomatic relief of arthritic pain in geriatric pets.

Aspirin and ibuprofen are well-recognized human NSAIDs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has approved specific NSAIDs for use in pets with osteoarthritis.

The FDA considers NSAIDs to be “safe and effective when used according to the label and when pet owners are informed about common NSAID adverse reactions.” According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the NSAIDs available today are much safer than they have ever been in the past and cause far fewer side effects. The FDA also notes that “duration of use makes a difference in the safety” of NSAIDs as the risk of side effects can increase the longer a pet is given an NSAID.

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