Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs are group of drugs that are intended for use in treating body pain, inflammation and fever in humans and animals. NSAIDs are the medicines that may be used in dogs for treating pain related to bones and joints such as arthralgia, arthritis, ankylosying spondylitis, osteoarthritis, muscle pain and stiffness, metastatic bone pain etc. it may also be used in treating pain and inflammation due to tissue injury.
There are different groups of NSAIDs that may be used for treating these symptoms. They are aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, diflunisal, etodolac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, ketorolac, naproxen, oxaprozin, salsalate, tolmetin, sulindac, piroxicam, naproxen, nabumetone, ketoprofen etc. for use in dogs there are special dog made NSAIDs such as rimadyl dogs only, deramaxx dogs only, metacam dogs only, etogesic dogs only, previcox dogs only. These dogs’ specific formulations should not be used in cats. There are also NSAID medications especially for cats such as onisar for cats.
Some of the NSAIDs that may used in treating dogs are metacam, deramaxx, novox, etogesic, rimadyl, zubrin, previcox etc. These medicines have been used in management of various symptoms of arthritis. NSAIDs can successfully reduce inflammation, stiffness, swelling in the joints and of course joint pain. NSAIDs have a smart way of taking care of all these symptoms by its one way solution. NSAIDs act by inhibiting the prostaglandins that cause inflammation, stiffness, and pain at several parts of the body. The new generation NSAIDs have kept the previous NSAIDs at bay due to their faster and better therapeutic effects.
It is always better to take the pet to the doctor rather than giving NSAIDs to dogs by yourself. Sometimes you may not be able to see what is happening. Arthritis may increase or decrease with a small dose of NSAID that may not have anything to do with NSAIDs, but the way the NSAID is used or the dose of the NSAID used may not be accurate.
Hence dose of NSAID is very important while giving it to the patient may it be human or dog. Dogs should undergo a physical examination before starting on NSAID therapy. Though there is a combination of NSAIDs available, the NSAIDs should not be taken together as they may result in symptoms of overdose. In severe cases NSAIDs may cause severe bleeding in stomach and intestine.
The veterinarian is the best person to justify a dose for the dog. Based on the severity of the disease, doctor may assign a dose of NSAID keeping in mind the body weight of the animal. The dose of the NSAIDs may be uncomfortable for your pet, you may mix it with food or drinks so that they do not get to know and have it easily. Do not fear if the pet is lethargic or urinates abnormally because once the disease is cured, everything is going to go normal. NSAIDs are for sure the best medicines for treating pain and inflammation in any part of the body.