What is Carprofen?
Carprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that a vet has to prescribe in order to help treat canine arthritis. It acts in some of the same ways that aspirin would for a dog in attempting to help alleviate some of the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. It can be taken daily as treatment for joint pain caused from osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia. It has also been used as a short term post op pain medicine particularly after spaying and neutering your pets.
Carprofen goes by numerous other names. The two most noticeable names were Rimadyl and Novox.
Is it safe, what are the side effects?
Most animals tend to respond well to this drug but like all NSAID medications there is a capacity for mild to severe side effects. In some animals gastrointestinal problems were present as well as liver and kidney problems. Below is a list of symptoms to on the lookout for:
- Decrease of appetite
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Increase in thirst and in urination
- Fatigue ,lethargy or loss of coordination
If a dog is being considered for long term use of Carprofen you should have your veterinarian do a complete examination before consenting to administering this drug. Blood panel screenings need to be done in order to ensure that this drug does not have any additional problems. Having the blood screenings done regularly help your veterinarian identify if more severe reactions are going to occur and help treat them before it gets out of hand. You should encourage your veterinarian to screen your pet every six months while on this medication in the event that your vet is not already doing so.
Though it is rare this medicine does have the ability to kill your dog so it is excessively important that you listen to your vet. You should always follow dosing down to the letter and if any weird side effects occur that you are not sure of you should always inform your vet.
How is it used to treat canine arthritis?
This drug is used to treat minor pain and inflammation normally associated with canine arthritis. It has been effective in improving a dog’s mobility and to minimize pain associated with joint inflammation. It works to reduce the chemicals in the body that are responsible for the inflammation. Though it cannot cure arthritis it can make your dog feel a whole lot better.
References and Resources:
http://www.drugs.com/pro/carprofen.htmlCarprofen (Rimadyl®, Novox®) –By: Dr. Mark Papich
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/carprofen-rimadyl-novox/page1.aspxCarprofen (Generic to Rimadyl-Novox-Vetprofen)
Times are tough. The economy is not what it used to be and as much as we love our dogs they can get a bit expensive. Pet medication is one of the most expensive parts of owning an animal and we all know that any money saving tip is appreciated.
Tip 1: Ask Your Vet if the Medicine has a Generic Form or Human Equivalent
You could not imagine the number of pet medicines that either have cheaper generic form or even a human equivalent. All you have to do is ask! Most of the time people are somewhat embarrassed to ask about cheaper forms of medicine and there is absolutely no reason to be. Veterinarians understand that things are tough and will be more than likely willing to help you out. Just explain to your pet’s doctor that you would like to enquire if the medicine they prescribed comes in a generic form or possibly a human equivalent, it is that easy. Also getting a prescription for a generic form will allow you to go to other pharmacies that will have that medicine at a discounted price.
Tip 2: Shop Online or Shop Around
Shopping around and shopping online is defiantly worth the extra time. Once you have the prescription start calling around to all your local pharmacies. Look up their websites online and compare prices. If you have the human equivalents check your medicine cabinets and then get online and search online for pet pharmacies. Some stores offer discount drug programs that will cover veterinary drugs as well as normal medicines, enquire about them. If you do decide to buy online try and find a website that is in compliance with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, in order to make sure that what you are getting sent is what you want. Also it is good to use these sites because you are assured that they comply with the appropriate licensing requirements and the assurance that you will be paying for quality medications.
Tip 3: Couponing and Extreme Bargaining
Who doesn’t love a good excuse to coupon? Go to your nearest search engine and enter in vet coupons and click search. You will be astounded at how many coupons are out there or promotional ads that are out there that could save you money. Most of us bargain and coupon for the groceries that we feed ourselves and our children so why wouldn’t we bargain for our pets?
Bargaining could also be essential. You have to go in and make sure you are heard. If you think something is overly priced, say something about it. Ask for price matches or alternate methods to achieve the goals. Most vet offices or animal hospitals will not want to lose your business so don’t be afraid to speak up. You never know when it could save you money.
“5 Ways To Pay Less For Pet Medications” http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2012/10/03/5-ways-to-pay-less-for-pet-medications/
“Tips for Saving Money Shopping for Pet Medications” http://www.petside.com/article/money-saving-tips-shopping-pet-medications
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