WARNING: Medication Side Effects

March 25th, 2011 at 4:01 am EDT

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Website: http://www.thedogsupplement.com

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Re: WARNING: Medication Side Effects


Hi and a Happy Friday to you and your dogs and cats!

Drug Reactions

They happen, and recently the FDA has placed a big warning label
on one commonly prescribed for cats, called Metacam.

The point here is that reactions happen fairly often- and you as
a concerned and involved pet owner need to be aware of them.

On the FDA site there is some specific info:

What Veterinarians Should Tell Clients About Pain
Control and Their Pets

by Michele Sharkey, DVM, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation;
Margarita Brown, DVM, Office of Surveillance and Compliance; and
Linda Wilmot, DVM, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2006 Volume XXI, No I

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are commonly
prescribed and extremely effective pain control drugs for pets.
Like most drugs, they do cause side effects, some serious.
Veterinarians are in the best position to inform their clients
about these side effects, so the clients can take better care of
their pets. And, pet owners expect veterinarians to explain all
potential risks of medications.

In the United States, NSAIDs commonly used in dogs include
ETOGESIC (etodolac), RIMADYL (carprofen), METACAM (meloxicam),
ZUBRIN (tepoxalin), DERAMAXX (deracoxib), PREVICOX (firocoxib),
and NOVOX (generic carprofen). These drugs have been approved
by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary

Medicine (CVM) for use in dogs. (You can get more information
about these drugs by going to CVM's website, www.fda.gov/cvm.
Once there, go to the "Green Book" navigational button, where
you can look up the drugs by their brand names or active

Most adverse reactions are mild, but some result in permanent
impairment or even death. If the client can recognize a possible
reaction and stop the medication while seeking veterinary
attention for the dog, the client may make the difference between
a good outcome and a disaster.

The most common side effects from NSAIDs include vomiting, loss
of appetite, depression/lethargy, and diarrhea. Some side effects
can be serious, especially if the drug is not used according to
labeled directions, resulting in the need for medical care.
Serious adverse reactions include gastric ulcers, kidney and
liver problems. Death may result in some instances.

An informed dog owner is the best defense against serious side
effects from NSAIDs. The veterinarian is the most qualified
source for information regarding NSAID use and a dog's care.
Owners should not hesitate to ask questions and inquire about
possible side effects or signs to watch for when treating a dog.
A Client Information Sheet, which a veterinarian should give the
pet owner whenever an NSAID is prescribed, serves as a reminder
of this information for use at home.


P.S. Ask questions and be diligent.

Is this the LOWEST effective dose?

What are the side effects I need to watch for?

Are there alternate options?

Here are a few for you to consider:

You can see HOW to use Acupressure, Massage and Herbal pain
control remedies by going here:


P.P.S The main 3 ingredients ( in my opinion) in
Supplements for arthritis are Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM.
All 3 are in both my dog and cat supplement at:



Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and
is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian.
Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of
B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer
specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make
specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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