Painkillers for dogs can help controlling dog pain related to some diseases such as cancers, arthritis, broken bones or other bone diseases. There are some types of painkillers for dogs currently available, and just like human medicines these painkillers also have some side effects when used in the long term.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are extremely effective for controlling pain and inflammation in dogs. Some popular NSAIDs frequently used in veterinary medicine to treat dog pain are:
- Deramaxx (deracoxib)
- Rimadyl (carprofen)
- Metacam (melaxicam)
Common side effects of NSAIDs are:
- Lack of Appetite
- Icterus (yellowish skin or whites of the eyes, gums)
- Increase in water consumption and urination
- Lethargy (laziness or sluggishness)
- Skin rash
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Stomach and duodenal ulcers
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Tarry or bloody feces
NSAIDs should never be combined with corticosteroids such as prednisone. Giving more than one NSAIDs is also not recommended.
Human Painkillers For Dogs Side Effects
Some dog owners use over-the-counter human painkillers for dogs because they are relatively cheap, however this is dangerous and can ruin the dogs. Using aspirin for dogs with any bleeding or clotting disorders is harmful, and aspirin should never be given during a dog’s pregnancy period. Due to it’s clotting mechanism effects aspirin appication should be stopped one week before any surgery. Dogs receiving aspirin tend to bleed spontaneously.
Using ibuprofen for dogs may cause toxicity in the dog’s gastrointestinal.
Narcotic Painkillers For Dogs Side Effects
One of the strongest painkillers for dogs is fentanyl. Fentanyl patches are useful after dog surgery as well as treating injury or dog pain related to cancers. Since fentanyl is a narcotic – same as opium and morphine – there are some serious potential side effects:
- Unusual drowsiness or weakness
- Breathing problems
- Toxic when swallowed
- Nausea, sedation effect
- Reduced or excessive appetite
Antibiotics For Dogs Side Effects
Depending on the type of antibiotics you might see side effects such as:
- Kidney damage
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Loss of hearing
- Nerve damage
- Discolored teeth
- Liver damage
- Bloody urine
- Loss of white blood cells
- Urine crystals
Dog arthritis medication in most cases is a long term treatment. Help your dog by asking your vet about the side effects of the antibiotics or painkillers for dogs he/she prescribes.