The Dangers of Ibuprofen for Pets

Before using Ibuprofen for pets, it’s important to learn of the dangers involved.

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It’s upsetting when pets are hurting. Whether it’s a sudden injury or something that’s crept up with age, most pet owners want to help alleviate that pain. Some people may even try from dog acupuncture to over-the-counter pain relievers such as Boswellia For Pets without realizing it can harm their furry friends. This can be a big mistake.

The Dangers of Ibuprofen for Pets

Ibuprofen and acetaminophen belong to a group of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving meds called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.(NSAIDs) These drugs work by blocking an enzyme called cycloxygenase, which is also responsible for helping maintain blood flow to the kidneys.  It also helps with the production of the layer of mucus that protects the stomach from stomach acid. When this enzyme is blocked, it also inhibits these areas of the body as well. In dogs, the results could be moderate (stomach ulcers) to severe (death).

Check With Your Vet Before Dosing Your Pet!

  • Pet owners attempt to dose the medication themselves and inadvertently give too much.
  • Some dogs are just extra sensitive to the drug.
  • Certain medical conditions and other drugs may make using ibuprofen a riskier option.

As a general rule, it is never a good idea to give your pet ibuprofen or any of the other NSAIDs. Always check with your veterinarian first to see if other options exist.

There are five classes of pain-relieving medications your vet can choose from. These include NSAIDs and holistic alternatives, so be sure to discuss all the pros and cons of each. This is especially important if your pet needs to be on the medications long-term.

It may be possible that your vet will recommend a non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for your pet, but it will be at the right dose and with supervision.  This will make it easier to stop the medication if there are any adverse side effects. Always keep your vet apprised of your pet’s condition to ensure he’s getting the pain relief he needs without any of the bad side effects.

If you think your pet has been poisoned by ibuprofen or any other substance, you can call the Pet Poison Control Center at 800-213-6680

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