Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/10/2014 -- Carprofen is also known as Rimadyl®, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used to treat pain due to arthritis and hip dysplasia in dogs. It also is given to them to decrease pain after a surgical operation. Like other NSAIDs, it can cause ulcers in the gastrointestinal crap and dogs suffering from ulcers or inflammatory bowel disease should not take them.
Because of the risk of ulcers, carprofen should be given with food. Other GI side effects include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and dark or tarry stools. It should not be combined with other NSAIDs, steroids or diuretics. Dogs can develop an allergy to the drug.
Dogs with kidney, liver or heart problems should not be given the drug. It is not safe to give in pregnant and nursing animals. Dogs may urinate more on the drug which means they will drink more water, so make sure they have access to water to protect renal function. More serious side effects are lethargy, uncoordinated movements, seizures, changes in behavior and liver damage.
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