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Keep anti-inflammatory drugs away from pets

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EVCOT - Jonathan WisniewskiNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) act against pain, fever and inflammation, but should be kept away from pets and never administered without veterinary consultation.

A number of prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs are available for human use, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen sodium (Aleve) and aspirin.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs can be extremely dangerous to your pet, even with a single dosage. If you think your pet is in pain, it is always best to speak to a veterinarian prior to giving a medication to your pet.

In general, all NSAIDS are unsafe for cats. A single tablet can cause fatal renal failure. Only the prescription NSAID Onsior (Robenacoxib) is labeled specifically for cats and developed with cats in mind.

The following NSAIDs are approved for use in dogs, but only under the direction of a veterinarian: carprofen (Rimadyl), meloxicam (Metacam ), deracoxib (Deramaxx ), tepoxalin (Zubrin ), etodolac (EtoGesic ) and ketoprofen (Anafen).

Signs of distress: Initially, animals may exhibit vomiting that sometimes contains

blood. Diarrhea, abdominal pain and lethargy may be noted. Adverse effects on the kidneys can cause increased drinking and urinating and, eventually, a reduction in urine production.

Delaying treatment can make a big difference in outcome. 

When treated aggressively and promptly, most pets do well even with potentially fatal doses, but if an owner waits for clinical signs to develop, the damage may already be too advanced to make much difference (especially with dogs in acute renal failure).

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