|This is a question many guardians often ask, especially as veterinarians may increase the amount of prescription pain medications from short term use to more long term use. Many of these newer pet meds developed in recent years act similarly on our pets’ bodies as they do to similar drugs commonly prescribed to humans for pain, fever, headaches, etc. Although these pet medications can sometimes yield amazing results, it’s important for pet owners to be aware of some of the potential side effects in sensitive dogs, especially when used over a long period of time.|
Although the newer NSAIDs are often deemed safer than some of the older ones, like buffered aspirin, individual responses and reactions can indeed vary. No matter if I’m using these drugs short or long term, a pet owner should always be offered premedication blood work to check a CBC, and liver/kidney function to insure there are no preexisting conditions that may increase chance at reactions. While reactions to newer drugs are rarer than the older ones, severe reactions can still occasionally occur. These reactions can include gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, or vomiting and even liver/kidney complications. If these drugs are used long term, such blood work should be done every 3-6 months.
While it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the above possible reactions with NSAIDs, when they’re properly prescribed and adequately monitored, most pets do very well on such prescription pet meds, like Previcox, Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam and Zubrin. Plus, if a condition is chronic, I would always recommend that pet owners and veterinarians explore the use of adjunctive nutritional supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer and other pet supplements, including those previously mentioned in my post Supplements for Every Pet.