What Is Carprofen for Dogs?

Carprofen is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID). It is approved for use in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis, an incurable degenerative condition of the joints and postoperative pain.

Is it okay to give carprofen to my dog? 

As with any new medication, you should consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog carprofen. In most cases when used properly, carprofen has a low risk of side effects for dogs. Before prescribing this medication, your veterinarian may perform some tests to ensure your pet’s liver and kidneys are functioning well, as they are important organs in the metabolism and excretion of carprofen.

What are the potential side effects of my dog taking carprofen? 

Commons side effects of carprofen include mild gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, loss of appetite, or diarrhea. More serious side effects that are typically limited to overdose situations include intense or frequent vomiting, black or bloody stool, severe lethargy, yellow skin or eyes, increased drinking and/or urination. If your pet is displaying any of these clinical signs, discontinue use and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Poisoning can occur if your dog gets his paws on the bottle and consumes too much carprofen at one time. To prevent accidental ingestion, keep your dog’s carprofen in an area you know they won’t be able to reach.