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.
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)