Choosing the right Product for your pets

There are many options when looking at pet joint and arthritis products and supplements. Pet owners looking for alternatives to steroidal creams and tablets should look at pet products like Rimadyl, EtoGesic, Deramaxx, Metacam, Novox, Zubrin and Previcox.

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ) are unique because unlike other treatments, they are “non-steroidal.” What this essential means is that the medication contains no steroids in them. So how do they compare? Unlike products that do contain steroids, NSAID’s are non-narcotic and can be used for a variety of conditions including:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation in the eye or joints
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Knee ligament surgery
  • Knee cap dislocation
  • Rheumatoid or septic arthritis
  • Abnormal joint cartilage development
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Cancer pain.

When finding the right NSAID for your pet be sure to get the appropriate information and understand how the treatment will work. Understanding how NSAIDs work and how they can help your pet doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Be sure to ask your vet for more information. Before prescribing an NSAID they may also recommend blood testing, x-rays or other tests. EntirelyPets.com has chosen the top NSAIDs and explained how they work and what makes them unique. The following is a comprehensive list of the top NSAIDs and how they compare.


Rimadyl (Carprofen)

Manufacturer
Pfizer Animal Health


What is it?
It is an anti-inflammatory. Rimadyl comes in a variety of forms including chewable tablets and caplets. Rimadyl is used an-inflammatory for dogs suffering from arthritis, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. The treatment comes in a chewable tablet or caplet form for easy administration. The unique liver flavor makes it easy to administer to your dog. Rimadyl should not be given to any pet suffering from kidney, liver or heart disease. Dogs that are pregnant or nursing should not be given this.

Price
Rimadyl comes in a variety of sizes and doses including 100mg, 75mg and 25mg. Starts at $34.50 for 60 Chewable Tablets. Rimadyl can be purchased in quantities of 60 or 180 tablets/ caplets.


EtoGesic (Etodolac)

Manufacturer
Fort Dodge Animal Health

What is it?
Etogesic is an anti-inflammatory that is given once daily. It is used to manage pain and inflammation in canines associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis. EtoGesic helps dogs to move more freely and enjoy a fuller, more active life. The product is rapidly absorbed, has a long half life and can be given with or without food. EtoGesic may also be used with other treatments your pet may be taking.

Special Attributes
What makes Etogesic unique is that it can be used with supplements such as Restor-A-Flex. By using the two together you can reduce your pets’ need for NSAIDs. Restor-A-Flex helps to rebuild and lubricate the joints in canines. The NSAID comes in a convenient tablet form that is easy to administer.

Price
EtoGesic (Etodolac) comes in 300mg or 150mg. The medication can be purchased in quantities of 30 or 90 tablets. Etogesic can be purchased for $28.50 for a bottle of 150mg (30 tablets).




Deramaxx (Deracoxib)

Manufacturer
Novartis Animal Health US Inc.

What is it?
Deramaxx is an anti-inflammatory. It is used to control the pain and inflammation associated with chronic osteoarthritis in dogs. Deramaxx is the first coxib-class NSAID (for use in dog only treatment) to be approved by the FDA for veterinarian use.

Special Attributes
The beef- based flavor tablet is easy to accept by dogs. With Deramaxx you won’t have trouble getting your pet to take this treatment.

Price
Deramaxx comes in a variety of dosages including 100mg, 75mg and 25mg. The medication can be purchased in quantities of 30, 60 or 90 tablets. For convenience EntirelyPets.com also sells Deramaxx by the tablet starting at
$1.18.


Metacam (Meloxicam)

Manufacturer
Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

What is it?
Meloxicam is an ant-inflammatory. Metacam is used to treat arthritis pain and inflammation in dogs as well as pain from muscle injuries. Additional uses for this include aid in reducing fever.

Special Attributes
Comes in a convenient liquid form. The oral suspension ensures that you give your pet the right dosing, regardless of size. Metacam come in a palatable honey flavor will make your best friend think he or she is getting a treat.

Price
Metacam (Meloxicam) is available in a variety of sizes including: 100ml, 32ml and 10ml. Starting Price for the medication is $13.90. Metacam is great because it’s inexpensive yet 100% effective.


Novox (Carprofen)

Manufacturer

IMPAX Laboratories Inc./ distributor Vedco Inc.

What is it?
Novox is a generic form of Rimadyl. This is an anti-inflammatory. Novox is used to treat arthritis in canines. Provides relief of pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery as well as other joint abnormalities such as hip dysplasia. Novox comes in a convenient caplet form.

Special Attributes
The scored caplets make it easy to break a part so that you can be sure to give your pet the right dosage.

Price
Novox comes in several dosing options including: 100mg, 75mg and 25mg. And is available for $29.50




Zubrin (Tepoxalin)

Manufacturer
Schering-Plough Animal Health Corp.

What is it?
Zubrin is an anti-inflammatory drug. Helps to minimize the impact on a dog’s aging body. The active ingredient in Zubrin is Tepoxalin which helps to treat pain and inflammation associated with canine arthritis. The special tablet form makes administering to your pet easy as it can be mixed in with moist food, placed in a treat, placed directly into the mouth or orally in a syringe.

Special Attributes
Tepoxalin is the only canine NSAID that provides duel (Cox1/Cox2 and LOX) inhibition for advanced treatment for the pain and inflammation associated with canine arthritis.

Price
Zubrin is available in 50mg, 100mg and 200mg strengths. Comes in 30, 60, 90 or 100 tablets per bottle. Starting price for Zubrin is $19.99


Previcox (Firocoxib) 

Manufacturer
Merial Ltd.

What is it?
Previcox is an anti-inflammatory used to control inflammation and pain associated with canine arthritis. Firocoxib is an NSAID in a class called COX-2 inhibitors that helps to reduce gastrointestinal toxicity. Comes in a tablet form that is easy to give to your dog. 

Special Attributes
Use of Firocoxib has been shown to improve lameness within three hours. Dogs’ that have taken returned to almost normal function after seven hours.

Price
Previcox is available in 57mg and 227mg.  Previcox comes in 30 or 60 count tablets and sells for $30.50. As always, be sure to consult your veterinarian before taking your dog off an NSAID or when changing dosing. Help your pet this winter by giving him or her relief from painful joint and arthritis problems.


Side Effects and Precautions

If your dog has kidney, lover, heart and intestinal problems be cautious when administering NSAIDs. Never give your pet aspirin or corticosteroids along with an NSAID as they may cause stomach ulcers. If you’re unsure about what or supplements you can give while they are on an NSAID consult your veterinarian. Although NSAIDs are non-steroidal they can still have side effects on your pet. Below are common signs to watch out for:

  • Change in urination habits (frequency, color or smell)
  • Changes in appetite
  • Yellowing of gums, skin, or jaundice
  • Change in behavior such as changes in activity level, seizures, aggression or lack of coordination.
  • Change in drinking habits
  • Vomiting
  • Change in bowel movements (i.e. diarrhea/ black or tarry or blood stools)
  • Change in skin such as redness, scabs or scratching


Supplements and Additional Care


Outside of giving your dog an NSAID there are a few things that you can do to help your best friend feel his or her best. Acts such as controlling weight in an obese pet, providing plenty of exercise, gently massaging the joints and giving nutraceutical supplements can help make a difference in your dogs’ joints. Joint supplements such as Joint Max, Joint Treats and Arthrin Buffered Canine Aspirin Soft Chews can help your pet feel his or her best. Remember using the right joint supplement can reduce your pets’ need for NSAIDs. At night providing your pet with a warm and comfortable bed can help give them the rest they need.

For more information on NSAID or any of the products mentioned about visit our Pain/ Anti- Inflammatory Section.