170 lb., 9 1/2 year old, arthritic, Great Dane on 100 Mg. carprofen twice a day and 150 mg. tramadol once a day. Is there any alternative to carprofen, which is liver and kidney damaging?
Hi, kelbil! Mama's right that all of the approved NSAIDS for dogs can affect the liver/kidneys and in a few cases cause gastrointestnal bleeding. Carprofen is a toughie and is falling out of common usage.
You might talk with your veterinarian about trying one of the COX-2 selective NSAIDS ~ Deramaxx or Previcox . Etogesic and Metacam are options. These also come with the manufacturer's recommendation for periodic bloodwork and monitoring but may be somewhat safer than carprofen.
Best wishes, WCV
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