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Treating Pain In Your Dog:

Keeping Your Best Friend Active, Safe, And Pain Free

What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) help control inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. They work by blocking the production of prostaglandins, chemicals produced by the body that cause inflammation. These pain relievers are used sometimes for acute pain, for example following surgery or an injury, or for chronic pain like arthritis. The NSAID medications that we use at Family Pet are:

* Duralactin, a non-NSAID anti-inflammatory pain reliever, is sometimes used along with these (or used instead in patients with liver or kidney problems.) Similarly used are other non-NSAID pain relievers like tramadol and amantadine, which can be used in addition to NSAIDs.

What should you watch for?

What you should think about before giving your dog an NSAID:

Long-term NSAID use

Complementary treatment options include:



While these treatment options are targeted to dogs, many of them can apply to cats. Studies have shown that up to 90% of cats over the age of 10 have arthritis. Our feline friends do not show us overt signs of arthritis like our canine companions do, but if you notice that your cat is jumping less, grooming less, hiding, or walking differently, please ask your veterinarian which of these therapies might be appropriate.

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