Canine Pain Control
The use of drugs to treat your dog can be powerfuly effective for canine pain control and may even HELP
save to help save Fido's life.
But drugs can be misued and there can be severe and even fatal side effects that you must know about before
giving any vetthe power of life and death over your best friend.
A recent article we received from Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM lays it out pretty well.
Here it is
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What Veterinarians Should Tell Clients About Pain Control and Their Pets
by Michele Sharkey, DVM, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation; Margarita Brown, DVM, Office of Surveillance and
Compliance; and Linda Wilmot, DVM, Office of New Animal Drug EvaluationFDA Veterinarian,Newsletter 2006 Volume XXI,
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are commonly prescribed and extremely effective pain control drugs
Like most drugs, they do cause side effects, some serious. Veterinarians are in the best position to inform
their clients about these side effects, so the clients can take better care of their pets.
And, pet owners expect veterinarians to explain all potential risks of medications.
In the United States, NSAIDs commonly used in dogs include ETOGESIC (etodolac), RIMADYL (carprofen), METACAM
(meloxicam), ZUBRIN (tepoxalin), DERAMAXX (deracoxib), PREVICOX (firocoxib), and NOVOX (generic carprofen).
These drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
for use in dogs.
Most adverse reactions are mild, but some result in permanent impairment or even death. If the client can recognize
a possible reaction and stop the medication while seeking veterinary attention for the dog, the client may make the
difference between a good outcome and a disaster.
The most common side effects from NSAIDs include vomiting, loss
of appetite, depression/lethargy, and diarrhea. Some side effects
can be serious, especially if the drug is not used according to
labeled directions, resulting in the need for medical care.
Serious adverse reactions include gastric ulcers,kidney and
liver problems. Death may result in some instances.
An informed dog owner is the best defense against serious side effects from NSAIDs.The veterinarian is the most
qualified source for information,regarding NSAID use and a dog's care.
Owners should not hesitate to ask questions and inquire about possible side effects or signs to watch for when
treating a dog.
A Client Information Sheet, which a veterinarian should give the pet owner whenever an NSAID is prescribed,
serves as a reminder of this information for use at home.
And on another front:
The FDA recently posted this warning: FDA Advises Veterinarians of Recent Recall of Human Drug,
Phenobarbitol. It's an ongoing battle to stay informed but you can get the fuill scoop on this issue
In a recent issue we posted this resource on Adverse Drug Reports to help you when a question arises.. I am copying
If you didn't get a chance to save it before you can do so now. I have it saved as a shortcut on my desktop.
Here it is...
Cumulative Veterinary Adverse Drug Experience Reports
The FDA has posted the Cumulative Adverse Drug Experiences Summaries Report so that veterinarians and animal
owners can haveeasy access to information about signs attributed to meds.
You can access the information and research a drug by visiting:
Search the active ingredient of a drug to see if adverse reactions have been reported with the drug's use.
That's quite a bit for today, but our dogs are worth it. They rely on us and we owe it to them ... and more
Now get outdoors if you can.. time for some fun with Fido after all this studying :)
Till next time..
Adopt a Dog- Save a Life !
P.S.from Dr Jones, DVM. Ask questions and be diligent. Is this the LOWEST effective dose? What are the side effects
I need to watch for? Are there alternate options?
P.S.S.- Learn how to keep your dog healthy at home and stop paying explosive and unnecessary veterinary
bills plus HOW to use Acupressure, Massage and Herbal pain control remedies from from Dr Jones, DVM.
Just follow the links and get his newsletter for this info...
Here's a link to get get you there--
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