NSAID Pain Medications for Dogs

If your dog has recently undergone surgery or has arthritis pain, your veterinarian may prescribe pain medications, commonly known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). These prescription pain medications are formulated to relieve:

  • Inflammation
  • Fever
  • Pain caused by joint dislocations, arthritis, and cancer

NSAIDs work by blocking the pain-inducing molecules to prevent pain and inflammation, allowing your dog to move and exercise with less pain.

Although NSAIDs provide pain relief, it's important to note the risk of side effects including damage to the liver and kidneys. Our pharmacists recommend adding liver supplements like Denamarin to your dog's diet in order to maintain liver health.

Max's Tip

Consider speaking with your veterinarian about alternatives to long-tern NSAID use, since NSAIDs have potentially dangerous side effects.