Is carprofen a good pain reliever for dogs? Carprofen was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the relief of pain and inflammation in dogs and is shown to be clinically effective for the relief of signs associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Carprofen is a non-narcotic NSAID with both analgesic and antipyretic properties.
How long can a dog stay on carprofen? Depending on the cause of the inflammation, your dog may take carprofen for the short or long term. Some veterinarians may prescribe a short course (a couple of weeks for example) of the drug after a surgical procedure. But, in cases of osteoarthritis, it may be prescribed over a longer period.
Are there any side effects to carprofen? Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or tarry stools, increased water consumption, increased urination, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, skin or white of the eye due to jaundice, lethargy, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.
How long does it take for carprofen to work on dogs? It may be given with or without food, but giving with food reduces the chances for stomach upset. If vomiting occurs when dosed on an empty stomach, give future doses with food or a treat. This medication will take effect quickly, in about 1 to 2 hours, and improvement in clinical signs should follow.