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?
There are other nsaids for dogs, but they'd all have the same side effects.
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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