berner.org
2009 otc painkillers

currently available non-prescription NSAIDSs for dogs

This statement is made based on a comparison of 4 common NSAIDS --

(1) acetylsalicylic acid (i.e., aspirin),

(2) acetaminophen (Tylenol),

(3) Ibuprofen (i.e., Motrin, Advil which is highly toxic to cats) and

(4) Naproxen (Aleve) the safety of which has not been established in dogs.

I am not a vet, but I have been told by several vets that a good OTC painkiller is Ascriptin with Maalox (a type of Aspirin).

If you administer Aspirin/Ascriptin, the dosage is 5-10 mgs per pounds of body weight every 8 hours. Ascriptin usually comes in 325 mg tablets.

Plain Aspirin usually comes in 81 mg, 325 mg and 500 mg sizes.

How to Use NSAIDS -Weigh the dog and calculate the dose. Never exceed the dose or give the drug more frequently than indicated.

Overdosing can cause severe and irreversible damage to kidneys and other organs. (WARNING: IBUPROFEN or NAPROXEN must NOT BE GIVEN more often than EVERY 24-48 HOURS). Use the smallest dose and the longest interval that will produce the desired effect.

Always administer NSAIDS with food. DO NOT USE COMBINATION NSAIDS (e.g., NSAIDS that contain antihistamines, cough suppressants or other compounds).

Basically NSAIDS act to inhibit prostaglandins that are released in the inflammatory processes in the body. By inhibiting these chemicals NSAIDS prevent or reduce tissue swelling and pain. There is a cost because NSAIDS also inhibit another type of prostaglandin that protects internal organs such as the liver, the stomach and the kidneys and promote the normal clotting of blood.

A good resource for such questions is "The Dog's Drugstore" (ISBN0-312-20888-X ($23.95) by Richard W. Redding, DVM, SMSc. Ph.D, and MayrnaPapurt, DVM, B.Sc.

2009 otc painkillers2