Carprofen is a reliable medication for dogs, but it has adverse effects that you must be watchful for in your pooch.
Increase in thirst
Loss of appetite
Increase in urination
Ataxia (Loss of coordination)
Fatigue and/or lethargy
Staggering, weakness, full paralysis, stumbling, or partial paralysis
Change in behavior (aggression, disinterest, hyperactivity)
Change in skin (scabs, redness, scratching)
Blood in urine or stools
Urinary tract infection
Acute tubular necrosis
Constant nose bleeds
Lowered red blood cell function
Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (bruising and bleeding)
Ensuing hair loss
Be careful not to administer extra dose of Carprofen to your dog, because an overdose can lead to ulcer formation or gastritis. Always follow the recommended dosage prescribed by the vet, and bring your dog to the vet’s clinic immediately if you accidentally given more dosage to your pet. Signs of overdose include:
Blood in stools or vomit
Severe abdominal pain
This dog medication is generally safe for dogs, but there are factors that affect the increase of risks of your dog experiencing side effects in taking Carprofen.
Brand – there are many brand names for Carprofen, and side effects may vary according to the brand.
Duration – Carprofen must be given to your dog according to the timeframe that is prescribed by the vet. Prolonged ingestion of this medication may cause the increase of developing side effects on your dog.
Age – the seniority of your dog is a huge factor in the high risk of adverse effects. Younger dogs can tolerate Carprofen and can finish the prescription without experiencing side effects, but older dogs may be more prone to negative effects due to their age.
Carprofen cannot be given to dogs with the following health situations:
Renal disease or low renal function
High blood pressure
Congestive heart failure
Gastrointestinal (GI) disease
Carprofen, steroids, and other NSAIDs
If you need to give your dog steroids as prescribed by the vet, you must stop giving Carprofen for three days to your dog before you can administer steroids. Carprofen mixed with steroids can cause ulcers to your dog. Most importantly, never give your dog other NSAIDs medications when you are giving your pooch Carprofen. Or don’t give Carprofen to your dog when your pet is already ingesting other NSAIDs.