Etodolac is used to treat pain, inflammation, and fever in dogs. It's particularly effective against arthritis and joint stiffness.
Etodolac requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per capsule or per tablet.
For: Dogs (over 12 months of age and weighing more than 11 pounds)
How it works:
Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Etodolac should not be used in cats, pregnant or nursing animals. Etodolac can increase the risk of serious effects of the stomach and intestines, including bleeding or perforation. At the first sign of anything abnormal, stop using Etodolac and call your veterinarian.
Brand Name EtoGesic (Fort Dodge), Lodine (Wyeth-Ayerst)
Generic Name etodolac
What is the most important information I should know about etodolac: Etodolac is FDA approved for use in dogs 11 lbs and over only. Etodolac is available by prescription as 300mg capsules and 400mg tablets. The usual dose of etodolac is 4.5-6.8mg per pound once a day. The maximum dose per day is 6.8mg per pound once a day. Etodolac can increase the risk of serious effects on the stomach and intestines, including bleeding or perforation. These conditions can occur at any time while the pet is taking etodolac. Call your veterinarian at once if your pet has any symptoms of bleeding in the stomach or intestines. These symptoms include black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Do not give any other over the counter cold, allergy, or pain medication without first asking your veterinarian or pharmacist.
What is etodolac: Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug and is recommended for use in dogs for the management of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Etodolac works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Etodolac may be used for other purposes than those listed in this guide.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving etodolac to my pet: Do not use this medication if your pet is allergic to etodolac, or if your pet has a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to any medications, or if your pet has; heart disease, congestive heart failure, or high blood pressure; stomach ulcers or bleeding; liver or kidney disease; asthma; a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating or if you plan to breed your pet.
How should this medication be used: Use etodolac exactly as it was prescribed by your veterinarian. Do not use in larger amounts or use it for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions on the prescription label. If you do not understand these directions speak to your pharmacist or veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests on a regular basis to make sure the medication is not causing harmful effects. Store etodolac at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medication. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting or coma.
What should I avoid while giving etodolac: Do not give your pet any over the counter cold, allergy, or pain medications without first asking your veterinarian or pharmacist. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin.
What are the possible side effects of etodolac: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if your pet experiences any signs of an allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat). Stop using the medication and call your veterinarian at once if any of the following serious side effects occur; Black, bloody, or tarry stools; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; swelling or rapid weight gain; urinating less than usual or not at all; nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of eyes; fever, severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; chills, seizure. Keep giving etodolac and talk to your veterinarian if your pet develops any of these less serious side effects; diarrhea, constipation; dizziness; skin itch or rash;. Side effects other than those listed may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.
What other medications will affect etodolac: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using any of the following medications; Coumadin (warfarin); Lasix (furosemide); prednisone or other steroids; aspirin or other NSAIDs such as Metacam (Meloxicam)Feldene (piroxicam), Rimadyl (Carprofen), Deramaxx (deracoxib); Enacard (enalapril), Lotensin (benazapril), Prinivil (lisinopril). There may be other drugs not listed in this guide that may affect etodolac. Tell your veterinarian about all prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medications, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other veterinarians. Do not start using a new medication without telling your veterinarian.
Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has information about etodolac written for health professionals that you may read.
Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) available by prescription used in dogs to treat pain, inflammation, and fever.
Etodolac can increase the risk of serious effects on the stomach and intestines including bleeding or perforation. Call your veterinarian at once if your pet has any symptoms of bleeding in the stomach or intestines such as black, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Etodolac is for use in dogs only. Do not give to cats.
Tip: Do not give to dogs that weigh less than 11 lbs. or under 12 months of age. Do not use larger amounts or use for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests on a regular basis to make sure the medication is not causing harmful effects.
Dogs/Puppies: (over 12 months of age)
11 lbs and over
Usual dose is 4.5-6.8mg per pound of pet’s body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian*
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. * Do not exceed a maximum dose of 6.8mg/lb of pet’s body weight daily.
Very helpful for older dogs
Jocko and I are both fairly elderly and arthritic. I gave him a small portion of my Etodolac a couple of times and it helped him so much that he now has his own bottle. I break the tabs in half and feed 1/2 per day. Great improveement, he is MUCH more mobile.
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My 11 year old dog was slow to get up and you could see he was in a lot of pain. Medications affect everyone/dog differently of course but for us this was a lifesaver! We only give our 85 pound mixed dog a half tablet (200 mg) and it has done wonders. No complaints here!
I've been giving this to my 11 year old Border Collie for 3 years now. She suffers from hip dysplesia and arthritis. After using Etodolac, she's back to running and playing with her frisbee and has no trouble getting up or sitting down. The product has been a tremendous help and I'm very glad my vet recommended it.
I put my 14 year old rottie mix on this (at the recommendation of my vet) when I heard that Zubrin was being discontinued. Within 4 days her appetite decreased. Within 8 days she vomitted and had bloody diarreah, which turned into just a bloody mess. She hasn't eaten in 11 days and we are still very sick. She's been 3 days without any pain medication at all so she isn't walking either. I am having to carry my girl everywhere. It's been a horrible 4 days!! Beware!!! She has never reacted to anything before.
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