What is Carprofen Used for in Dogs?


Dogs are curious animals, and they can get hurt, but their pain can be addressed. Veterinarians can prescribe pain medication for dogs. Carprofen is used to treat pain, osteoarthritis, and inflammation in dogs. Carprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, NSAIDs.


Soon your dog will be feeling their best after finishing their Carprofen prescription.


Can I Give my Dog Carprofen?

Yes, you can give your dog Carprofen if your vet prescribed it. Your vet will tell you the dosage and how long your dog will be on Carprofen.

But what if my dog got into the medicine cabinet and ate a lot of Carprofen?

If your dog ate a lot of Carprofen, you should monitor them for any changes in behavior and clinical signs of Carprofen poisoning.


What are the Symptoms of Carprofen Poisoning?

Your dog may be experiencing carprofen poisoning if you observe the following clinical signs.

Clinical signs to watch out for include the following:


  • Vomiting
  • Vomit that has been stained red
  • Diarrhea
  • Stool with a black tarry coating
  • Inappetence
  • Lethargy
  • Urination or thirst levels have increased


Dogs will eat anything so make sure to keep their medication in a safe place. It does not take a lot for a dog to experience carprofen poisoning – toxic doses are typically 10 mg per pound of your dog’s body weight.


Immediately contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline®, at (855)-764-7661, if you think your dog ate too much carprofen.


Treatment for Carprofen Poisoning

Once you bring your dog into the vet for treatment, they will decide the best course of action. The vet may have your dog vomit to get rid of the remaining Carprofen in their system. Or activated charcoal will be used to bind to the remaining Carprofen.

Your best friend will be in the correct hands once they get to the vet. It’s important to get your dog medical attention if you suscept any poisoning.



The scary part is over now – most dogs do recover from carprofen poisoning. Let them rest for a couple of days and they should be feeling like themselves. Some dogs might not fully recover depending on their past medical history.




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