Pets aren’t people when it comes to pain control meds

By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

When aches and pains set in, we often reach for an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. But before you look in the medicine cabinet to help an arthritic pet, remember that our furry friends should never be given human drugs unless prescribed by a veterinarian.

Some NSAIDs are available for veterinary use, and they can help dogs with chronic pain. However, they should be used only under your vet’s supervision. Only limited, select products are acceptable to cats.

If your pet has a loss of appetite, vomits or anything else unusual shows up while giving NSAIDs, stop treating and call your vet.

And try other ways to manage pain without drugs, if possible. For example, if your pet is a little chunky, adjusting his diet for weight loss and going for brisk walks can go a long way toward turning that painful pup into a playful one.