Carprofen For Dogs: 5 Natural Alternatives - Dogs Naturally (2022)

Carprofen for dogs, aka Rimadyl … vets love it. They hand it out for any kind of pain and inflammation in dogs. Vets use it to treat chronic pain. They’ll also use it for injuries or emergency pain relief. And they use it for post surgical care.

But they often don’t warn you about the side effects that could harm your dog. The list of risky side effects is long and you need to know what they are.

Fortunately, there are some excellent options for natural, much safer alternatives you can use.

But first, here’s some background on carprofen …

What Is Carprofen?

You can get carprofen under many different brand names. Rimadyl is the best known.

It’s a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for dogs. Carprofen works by inhibiting COX-2, or cyclogenase enzymes that create prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are fatty acid derivatives that generate pain and inflammation. So suppressing them might seem like a good idea. But they also do several other important jobs throughout the body, like …

  • Constrict or dilate blood vessels
  • Regulate kidney function and fluid balance
  • Contract or relax muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and lungs
  • Control platelet formation in blood clotting
  • Cause uterine contractions during menstruation or labor
  • Control blood pressure
  • Regulate body temperature

So … your dog needs prostaglandins for his body to work well.

In fact, COX-2 inhibiting drugs in humans have become notorious for their side effects. One of them was Vioxx, recalled worldwide in 2004 for causing fatal heart attacks and strokes.

So, carprofen might relieve inflammation and pain in your dog. But it can do some damage in the process.

Carprofen Side Effects

There’s a long list of problems that carprofen has caused in dogs. Here are some of them:

  • Liver toxicity and abnormal liver function
  • Gastrointestinal damage, including ulcers and internal bleeding
  • Kidney and urinary tract damage
  • Neurological issues, including seizures and paralysis
  • Blood diseases like immune-mediated hemolytic anemia
  • Behavioral issues like hyperactivity, aggression or lethargy
  • Skin issues like itching, hair loss, dermatitis
  • Allergic responses like facial swelling or hives
  • Death

Yes, you read right. Carprofen drugs have killed dogs. In 2000, the Wall Street Journal published an article about adverse reactions and deaths from Rimadyl. The title of the article was Most Dogs Do Well On Rimadyl, Except The Ones That Die. Many owners said their vets never warned them about the dangers of Rimadyl. And countless dogs died or were harmed. Today, Rimadyl prescribing information still says: “Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death.”

Now that you’ve read this, you’ll know to avoid carprofen drugs for your dog. But if your dog ever has to take them, ask your vet to do bloodwork first. And then get his liver enzymes tested every few months. Then, be on the lookout for symptoms like:

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  • Vomiting (especially bloody vomit)
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin or whites of eyes)
  • Pale gums
  • Black tarry stool
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased drinking and urinating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Incoordination
  • Seizures
  • Behavior changes

One More BIG Problem With Carprofen

There’s one more thing we saved for last because it’s important. It’s also ironic.

Dogs with arthritis often take carprofen or other NSAIDs. So you would think these drugs might support joint health so that your dog doesn’t get worse! You might even hope the drugs would make him better. But that doesn’t happen. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Several studies show that NSAIDs actually damage the joints. Yes, that’s right. They do the very thing you most want to avoid in a dog with chronic joint issues.

  • University of North Carolina found COX-2 inhibitors slow bone and ligament healing.
  • Ross Hauser MD published a study showing NSAIDs cause articular cartilage degeneration.
  • The Rotterdam Study showed NSAIDs accelerated the progression of hip and knee osteoarthritis.

So think twice if your vet wants to prescribe carprofen or other NSAIDs for arthritis or joint pain. Instead, consider some natural alternatives.

5 Natural Alternatives To Carprofen For Dogs

The most important thing you want to do is control your dog’s pain. Top of the list for that is:

#1 CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil

CBD helps a lot of dogs with pain. It’s very safe. Some owners report dogs may get a little sleepy with CBD. CBD oil from hemp won’t make your dog high because it doesn’t have THC. That’s the compound in marijuana that makes it psychoactive.

CBD is effective for many different types of pain. There’s research showing it helps with nerve pain and pain from inflammation. You can use it daily for chronic pain … or give it as needed when your dog is sore from an injury or overactivity.

Finding The Right CBD For Your Dog’s Pain

CBD is everywhere these days, so choosing a product can be bewildering.

To relieve your dog’s pain, buy a full spectrum or broad spectrum, organic CBD in a 500mg or 1000 mg strength.

Full or broad spectrum means your product has a wide range of healthy cannabinoids … like CBC, CBN, CBD, CBG, CBA. These cannabinoids work together to create the entourage effect that will work best for your dog. Always ask to see the Certificate of Analysis. This will show that your product is full or broad spectrum and free of contaminants.

Follow the dosing instructions on the label. The seller should tell you how much CBD is in a dropperful. As a general guide, give 1mg to 6mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight. But don’t be afraid to adjust the dose up or down to find out what works best for your dog. Some dogs do better with doses twice daily. Every individual is different!

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CBD can also help manage inflammation. But you can use other products for extra support.

Next on the top 5 list is a creature from the sea.

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#2 Green Lipped Mussels (GLM)

Green lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) come from waters off the New Zealand coast.

Research shows these magical mollusks are as good as NSAIDs at managing inflammation. But they don’t harm your dog’s joints like NSAIDs do. Another study specifically compared GLM to carprofen. The researchers found it was a good alternative to manage arthritis, without the side effects of the drug.

GLM are naturally rich in fatty acids … especially EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid). These are two important fatty acids that reduce inflammation. EPA can also help regenerate cartilage.

You can get these fatty acids from fish oil. But fish oil is unstable and can turn rancid very quickly. So GLM is a much safer source. Not every GLM product has these fatty acids though. Some manufacturers remove them to sell the oil separately. So ask to see a nutritional analysis and make sure your product has at least 6% fatty acids.

Give your dog 200 mg per day for every 10 lbs of body weight.

RELATED: Read how green lipped mussels can replace NSAIDs

The next natural joint support product comes from our good friend, the egg.

#3 Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)

NEM® is the natural thin membrane that’s on the inside of an eggshell. You can peel it off yourself if you want to go through all that work … or you can buy it as a supplement instead.

NEM® is an amazing supplement for dogs with arthritis. It can help reduce pain. It also improves joint function.

Research in humans has shown excellent results in managing joint pain and stiffness. And now there’s research showing proven benefits in dogs too. A 6-week trial on 51 dogs found a 23.6% improvement in pain compared to placebo, and a 26.8% quality of life improvement. The study also measured changes in serum levels of cartilage degradation biomarker CTX-II. This showed a 47.9% improvement.

Make sure the eggshell membrane you buy carries the NEM® registered trademark. Give your dog 60mg per 10 lbs of body weight a day.

Next up … fats for joint support.

#4 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Earlier we mentioned that Green Lipped Mussels (GLM) contain EPA and DHA. These are both omega-3 fats that strongly support joint health.

Omega-3s are also important for your dog to balance the fats in his diet, because most dogs already get a lot of Omega-6 in meat-based diets. Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory … and Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory. So you want to add omega-3 for balance.

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You may be thinking, “I’ll just give my dog fish oil.” But fish oil isn’t ideal …

  • It’s processed and it oxidizes easily. Rancid oil is worse for your dog than no oil at all.
  • It can be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins – even radiation.
  • It’s environmentally unfriendly. It depletes our oceans of the fish they need to survive.

Fortunately there are better alternatives to fish oil. Green lipped mussel oil is our preference … but you can read about other options in the link below.

If you do give fish oil, buy a high quality oil in a dark glass container, and keep it refrigerated.

RELATED: Why fish oil isn’t the best omega-3 fatty acid choice …

#5 Turmeric

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. Its active ingredient is a compound called curcumin.

Curcumin has many powerful healing properties. It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal … and may even help fight cancer. Its anti-inflammatory property makes it a good choice for dogs with joint pain. One study found it worked just as well as ibuprofen in people with knee osteoarthritis.

An easy way to give it is to make this golden paste recipe. Start slowly and work up to about 1/8 to ¼ tsp a day per 10 lbs of your dog’s body weight. You can add it to food or mix with some water or kefir.

Or you can give a joint supplement that includes curcumin.

Tip: if your dog is a very hot dog who pants a lot and is always looking for cool spots to lie, you might want to skip turmeric. It can create more heat in some dogs.

Why We Don’t Recommend Boswellia For Dogs

Before closing, it’s important to talk about Boswellia … specifically, Boswellia serrata or Indian Frankincense.

Boswellia supplements come from the resin of the Indian Boswellia serrata tree. Many people swear by Boswellia to help with dogs’ joint pain and inflammation. Research shows it can be as effective as NSAIDs. But there are two problems with it.

First, it’s hard to find a pure source of Boswellia. Because it’s a resin, Boswellia powders contain silicon dioxide. That’s essentially sand. It can be natural … but in supplements it’s usually man-made. Food and supplement manufacturers use the man-made kind as an anti-caking agent. It stops powdered foods and supplements from clumping together. And it’s always in Boswellia powders and capsules.

If you want to use Boswellia, buy a tincture. Tinctures are less likely to contain silicon dioxide. But it’s wise to verify this. Silicon dioxide is added to Boswellia at the source, so manufacturers don’t have to list it on the label. That means you have to trace it back to the supplier to find out.

The second problem with Boswellia is it’s becoming endangered. It’s a slow-growing tree and demand is outstripping supply. Different species of Boswellia grow in other countries … but they don’t all have the same healing properties.

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So keep these things in mind if you want to use Boswellia for your dog.

Choose Natural Joint Care For Your Dog

So now you have some great natural choices to use instead of carprofen for dogs. And that means you can say a polite “no thank you” if your vet wants to prescribe Rimadyl or other NSAIDs.

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Reijman M et al. Is there an association between the use of different types of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and radiologic progression of osteoarthritis?: The rotterdam study. Arthritis & Rheumatology, September 2005.

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FAQs

What are NSAIDs for dogs? ›

FDA-approved nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs offer pain relief for many dogs with osteoarthritis. These drugs also help veterinarians effectively manage pain after surgery in both dogs and cats.

What are onsior tablets for dogs? ›

In dogs, Onsior tablets are used to treat pain and inflammation associated with chronic osteoarthritis (a long-term disease causing pain and inflammation in the joints) and soft tissue surgery. The solution for injection is used to treat pain and inflammation associated with orthopaedic or soft tissue surgery.

What are NSAIDs? ›

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medicines that are widely used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and bring down a high temperature. They're often used to relieve symptoms of headaches, painful periods, sprains and strains, colds and flu, arthritis, and other causes of long-term pain.

Where do you put medicine in your home? ›

Store your medicines in a cool, dry place. For example, store it in your dresser drawer or a kitchen cabinet away from the stove, sink, and any hot appliances. You can also store medicine in a storage box, on a shelf, or in a closet.

How can I reduce inflammation in my dog naturally? ›

Here are four botanical remedies for dogs that have natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
  1. Turmeric. Perhaps the best-known and most widely used medicinal herb to treat joint pain and inflammation is turmeric. ...
  2. Boswellia serrata. ...
  3. Cinnamon. ...
  4. Hawthorn.
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What is the safest anti-inflammatory medication for dogs? ›

Safe NSAIDs for Dogs
  • Rimadyl (active ingredient: carprofen)
  • Deramaxx (active ingredient: deracoxib)
  • Previcox (active ingredient: firocoxib)
  • Metacam (active ingredient: meloxicam)
  • Galliprant (active ingredient: grapiprant)
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What does gabapentin do to dogs? ›

Gabapentin is a medicine given to dogs to control and treat seizures, help with pain, and assist with treating anxiety. Different doses of gabapentin can be administered according to the pet's needs. Some adverse effects of gabapentin include lethargy, diarrhea, and anxiety.

Can I give my dog tramadol for pain? ›

Tramadol is a medication veterinarians commonly dispense to manage pain in dogs. Physicians also frequently prescribe tramadol for human aches and pains, and it is one of the few human painkillers that is safe to give to dogs under the guidance of a veterinarian.

Can you give a dog Ibuprofen? ›

Ibuprofen and naproxen are common and effective medications used to treat inflammation and pain in humans, but they should not be given to pets. These drugs can be toxic (poisonous) to dogs and cats. A single 200 mg ibuprofen tablet can be toxic to a cat or a small dog.

What can you give a dog for pain relief at home? ›

Natural Pain Relief for Dogs
  • Hot and Cold Therapy.
  • ​Ginger.
  • Turmeric.
  • Boswellia.
  • Devil's Claw.
  • CBD Oil.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Fish Oil.

What can I give my dog for pain? ›

Gabapentin treats nerve pain and is often prescribed to dogs as a mild sedative or for seizure management, in addition to being used for pain relief. Tramadol is a mild opioid medication sometimes prescribed to aging dogs with constant pain.

What's the strongest anti-inflammatory? ›

What is the strongest anti-inflammatory medication? Research shows diclofenac is the strongest and most effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine available.

Why Should medicines not be thrown away in a sink or toilet? ›

These pharmaceuticals can pollute our water and unintentionally expose us to the chemicals in these medications. Recent studies have found that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water.

Should I keep my medicine in the fridge? ›

All medicines must be stored in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Some medicines require special storage conditions such as in the refrigerator, or even the freezer. Such medicines can expire quickly if they are improperly stored at room temperature, becoming toxic or less effective.

Do cold temperatures affect medication? ›

How does the temperature affect medications? When medication is stored at an extremely hot or cold temperature, it can become compromised or degrade more quickly. Each medication is different. The impact of temperatures outside of the range recommended by the manufacturer varies by each drug and dosage form.

Can dogs take turmeric for inflammation? ›

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric is often given to dogs with common joint conditions that are caused by inflammation. This includes arthritis in dogs, which affects thousands of pets in the UK and causes stiffness, discomfort and even pain.

Does turmeric work for dogs? ›

Around 5000 studies have proved that turmeric is entirely safe for your dog and can be added to your canine's diet. As the spice has anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce inflammation in dogs and even treat chronic arthritis.

How long does it take for turmeric to work in dogs? ›

How Long Does It Take for Turmeric to Work? Turmeric works within 2-3 days for acute symptoms, but it might take a while for noticeable effects to appear for chronic health problems. Don't get discouraged, and make sure that you're feeding your dog the proper form of turmeric (no chemical additives).

Does Benadryl help dogs with pain? ›

Benadryl doesn't relieve dog pain, so you should talk to your vet about other treatment options.

Is Benadryl an anti-inflammatory for dogs? ›

Benadryl reduces many of the symptoms of allergic reactions in dogs, including inflammation, watery eyes, headaches, itching and sneezing, and other symptoms.

How much turmeric should I give my dog? ›

The recommended daily dose of turmeric is anywhere between 1/8 tsp - 1/4 tsp for every 10 lb. your dog weighs. If your pup has health concerns or is on medication, it is best to consult with a vet to see if turmeric is right for them.

Is human gabapentin the same as dog gabapentin? ›

Although gabapentin functions pretty much the same in humans and dogs, we still shouldn't give medication prescribed for one to the other. This is always a good rule of thumb. If your dog has been prescribed gabapentin, it's because they need it.

Is gabapentin a strong painkiller? ›

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Gabapentin is commonly used to treat some types of nerve pain but is classified as an anticonvulsant medicine, not as an opioid or painkiller.

Why was carprofen pulled for human use? ›

While used effectively for over ten years, Carprofen was voluntarily pulled off the market by Pfizer due to commercial reasons. Notable among this is that the mass production and over-the-counter status of Carprofen's cousin drugs such as Advil had made the production of the prescription Carprofen cost-prohibitive.

What human pain meds can I give my dog? ›

As far as medications go, there are no human medicines that are totally safe to give to pets. However, for short-term care, a human non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Aspirin or Advil can be safe for your adult pet.

Is human tramadol the same as for dogs? ›

Tramadol for dogs vs. humans: is it the same? Tramadol is one of the few medications that can be used for humans and dogs while still having similar effects. In most cases, it's the same drug with different amounts for people and animals.

Can I give my dog gabapentin? ›

Gabapentin can be prescribed to help with seizures, pain, and anxiety in dogs.

Is baby aspirin safe for dogs? ›

While you can use human baby aspirin as recommended by your vet, aspirin made for dogs is typically a better option. Human aspirin has a coating on it that helps to protect the human stomach from irritation. Your dog cannot digest this coating, so the medication may not provide the desired effects.

Can I give my dog ibuprofen instead of carprofen? ›

It's okay to give your dog certain human drugs, like Benadryl, but many medications may be dangerous for your pooch, including ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is not safe for dogs and can lead to stomach or kidney damage, or even death in some cases.

What over-the-counter medicine is good for dog arthritis? ›

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  • 3 – Honest Paws Green Lipped Mussel Joint Powder. ...
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  • 5 – Vetz Petz's Antinol for Dogs. ...
  • 6 – Nutramax Laboratories' Dasuquin. ...
  • 7 – Nutramax Laboratories' Cosequin. ...
  • 8 – Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Fish Oil.
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Is there something over-the-counter I can give my dog for pain? ›

Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin can be given to dogs for pain relief, and there are also natural supplements such as CBD oil that can be used. If you're unsure of what would be best for your dog, it's always best to consult with a vet.

Can I give my dog aspirin or ibuprofen for pain? ›

That means some medications that are safe for people can be toxic to dogs or can even kill them. Never give your dog the most common over-the-counter human pain relievers: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)

What can I give my dog for arthritis pain? ›

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) play a major role in controlling dog joint pain and inflammation. Prescription medications such Galliprant, Carprofen, and Meloxicam are the safest options for controlling pain and inflammation compared to over-the-counter, non-veterinary products.

Is aspirin good for dogs pain? ›

Vets usually prescribe aspirin for dogs with osteoarthritis or musculoskeletal inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions and can offer your dog relief from symptoms.

Can I give my dog Tylenol for pain? ›

Tylenol should never be given to a dog unless under the supervision of a veterinarian, because it may cause kidney damage, liver damage, and damage to the gastrointestinal system.

What vitamin helps reduce inflammation? ›

Vitamin C. Vitamin C, like vitamin D, is an essential vitamin that plays a huge role in immunity and inflammation. It's a powerful antioxidant, so it can reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals that cause oxidative damage to your cells ( 55 ).

How do I get rid of inflammation naturally? ›

Follow these six tips for reducing inflammation in your body:
  1. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods. ...
  2. Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods. ...
  3. Control blood sugar. ...
  4. Make time to exercise. ...
  5. Lose weight. ...
  6. Manage stress.
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Are eggs anti-inflammatory? ›

Are eggs an anti-inflammatory food? Yes. Eggs are a source of vitamin D, which has anti-inflammatory effects. 10 They're also a good source of protein and B vitamins.

What drugs are in our drinking water? ›

Pharmaceutical and hormonal contaminants, including bisphenol-A, antibiotics, and opiates, are being detected in a significant portion of the United States groundwater supply for drinking water. It's unknown what, if any, amount of these chemicals will make it through water treatment to the tap.

What do you do with unused oxycodone? ›

Bring back any unused or unwanted medications to your pharmacy or look for special medication disposal programs in your community. Check your medicine cabinets and return any expired or unused medications, including over-the counter drugs. Any drug or bottle that cannot be identified should also be returned.

Can I pour cough syrup down the drain? ›

Throwing your medications down the drain is prohibited. This is the most wrong way you can dispose of any medications you may have. This is due for many obvious reasons. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting water system.

Do medications need to be in original container when flying 2022? ›

The TSA does not require you to have your medication in its original prescription bottle, so traveling with a pill case does not violate any rules. You will also generally not have to tell the officers about your medication unless it is a liquid.

Can you keep pills in a plastic bag? ›

Keeping the medication intact (ie, do not crush tablets or capsules), place it in a sealable plastic bag and cover it with a messy substance like dirt or used coffee. Seal the bag and throw it in the trash.

What happens if you leave medicine in a hot car? ›

When medications are exposed to high heat, such as when they are left in a hot car, they tend to lose their efficacy and can even cause potentially serious reactions due to their contents being altered.

Does freezing hurt medication? ›

Extreme temperatures, whether very hot or freezing cold, can have a damaging effect on medications, rendering them ineffective or even dangerous.

What should you not leave in a cold car? ›

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What is considered room temperature? ›

Room temperature is defined differently in different places. It generally refers to a range somewhere between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

What can you give a dog for pain relief at home? ›

Natural Pain Relief for Dogs
  • Hot and Cold Therapy.
  • ​Ginger.
  • Turmeric.
  • Boswellia.
  • Devil's Claw.
  • CBD Oil.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Fish Oil.

What human pain meds are safe for dogs? ›

Are Human Pain Meds Safe for Dogs?
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
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Can you give dogs human anti-inflammatory? ›

However, as tempting as it may be to reach for an over-the-counter pain meds such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen and give it to the family dog, you must avoid them at all costs. Over-the-counter pain meds and anti-inflammatories can be very dangerous, even fatal, when used improperly in dogs.

What is the best medicine to give a dog for arthritis? ›

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) play a major role in controlling dog joint pain and inflammation. Prescription medications such Galliprant, Carprofen, and Meloxicam are the safest options for controlling pain and inflammation compared to over-the-counter, non-veterinary products.

How can I ease my dogs leg pain? ›

Soak the foot in warm water with Epsom salts to relieve swelling. Then apply antibiotic ointment. If the dog has swelling associated with a sprain, bruise or tendonitis, apply ice packs to the area for 15 minutes twice daily. Flowing water improves circulation, reduces swelling, and promotes healing.

Can I give my dog Benadryl for pain? ›

Benadryl doesn't relieve dog pain, so you should talk to your vet about other treatment options.

Can I give my dog a baby aspirin for pain? ›

Never attempt to relieve your dog's pain by administering over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, naproxen (e.g., Aleve), acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol), or aspirin. Human anti-inflammatories can cause life-threatening toxicities in pets, and you should give your dog only veterinarian-prescribed medications.

Can I give my dog ibuprofen for pain? ›

Can I give Ibuprofen to my Pet? Do not give Ibuprofen to your dog or cat under any circumstances. Ibuprofen and naproxen are common and effective medications used to treat inflammation and pain in humans, but they should not be given to pets. These drugs can be toxic (poisonous) to dogs and cats.

What does gabapentin do to dogs? ›

Gabapentin is a medicine given to dogs to control and treat seizures, help with pain, and assist with treating anxiety. Different doses of gabapentin can be administered according to the pet's needs. Some adverse effects of gabapentin include lethargy, diarrhea, and anxiety.

How do I reduce inflammation in my dog? ›

Anti-inflammatory medications are an effective way to reduce inflammation in your dog. NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are a class of medications that interfere with the body's inflammatory process. DO NOT give your dog NSAIDs designed for humans as they can cause serious illness in your pet.

Does turmeric work for dogs? ›

Around 5000 studies have proved that turmeric is entirely safe for your dog and can be added to your canine's diet. As the spice has anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce inflammation in dogs and even treat chronic arthritis.

What is the best natural remedy for arthritis in dogs? ›

Natural and Herbal Arthritis Remedies Procedure in Dogs
  • Comfrey. Comfrey has pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. ...
  • Frankincense. Frankincense is an all-around perfect herbal remedy. ...
  • Yucca. Yucca is often used in arthritis medications for humans as well as animals. ...
  • Alfalfa. ...
  • Turmeric. ...
  • Diet. ...
  • Exercise. ...
  • Supplements.

Can CBD Oil help my dog's arthritis? ›

Early research has shown that CBD could be an effective all natural treatment for arthritis. Studies have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which can greatly benefit dogs with arthritis.

What helps old dogs with arthritis? ›

If your dog is diagnosed with arthritis, your veterinarian can recommend nutraceuticals such as fish oil, glucosamine, MSM, MicroLactin (Duralactin), and herbal supplements, or prescribe daily pain medication to keep her comfortable.

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