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Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug

My dog is getting older and she is suffering from arthritis. My veterinarian recommended that I put her on a Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID). I was very concerned about the side effects that these medications might have. My dog (Rose) is getting old and is a family member. We did some research on the side effects of NSAIDs and I found a laundry list of issues. Reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy are all common side effects.

In addition, NSAIDs can cause erosion of the stomach lining in dogs which could lead to bleeding, pain, and nausea. If these are the side effects, I am even more nervous about the long-term impact of these products.

Rose is on carprofen (Rimadyl) but other NSAIDs that I found on-line are deracoxib [Deramaxx], firocoxib [Previcox], and meloxicam [Metacam]. I want to make sure that Rose is not in pain and I will do whatever it takes. I think NSAIDs are valuable once you have exhausted other options. For me, it made sense to look into natural therapies such as hemp extract to lower or reduce the amount of NSAID that I am giving Rose.