Friday, November 8, 2013

Always Ask a Vet Before Giving Painkillers to Pets, Expert Says

THURSDAY Nov. 7, 2013 -- When people feel pain, they often reach for common medicines such as aspirin or Motrin. These types of drugs, known as NSAIDs, also are used totreat arthritis painin dogs and to manage pain after surgery in dogs and cats.
But NSAID use in pets carries risks as well as benefits. And all dogs and cats should have a thorough physical exam by a veterinarian -- including a review of the pet's medical history -- before being given NSAIDs , according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Pet owners also need to be informed about possible side effects, including those that could signal danger. Some of the most common side effects of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in animals reported to the FDA are vomiting, loss of appetite, reduced levels of activity and diarrhea.
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