Potential Side Effects of NSAIDS In Dogs
In veterinary medicine, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are mainly prescribed for the relief of pain. It is the most common medication prescribed for pain associated with osteoarthritis and post-operative pain. Although it is often prescribed in dogs, there is still the possibility of potential side effects especially when proper dosage is not followed or when giving the medication to a dog without consulting a veterinarian. Most side effects are relatively mild and resolve on their own without any veterinary intervention. However, there are serious side effects that can prove to be fatal. In dogs, side effects may be manifested as vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weakness, change in water intake and urination, black tarry feces. Serious adverse reactions to NSAIDs consumption in dogs include kidney failure, ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract, liver toxicity, and possibly death. Dogs are like humans, and each react uniquely to specific medications. Side effects can occur at any time, that is, right after the first dose, or after several doses, or it may never take place at all. Never give any medication to your pet without consulting with your Kilgore, TX veterinarian. Schedule an appointment today!