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Anti-inflammatories for dogs are a group of drugs that are commonly used in our pets, for this reason and so that you can get involved in the health of your dog we will explain what they are, how they act and their adverse effects and we will also talk to you of other more natural alternatives.
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- Anti-inflammatories for dogs: what they are and how they work
- Adverse effects of anti-inflammatories
- Other more natural alternatives
Anti-inflammatories for dogs: what they are and how they work
Anti-inflammatories are a group of drugs that relieve inflammation and pain, some of them are also useful to lower fever.
They are divided into two large groups: non-steroidal and steroidal:
- The non-steroidal They are the least harmful and act by cutting off the chemical pathway of the inflammatory process, thus reducing inflammation and pain. They have fewer side effects.
- The steroids It is the cortisone-based anti-inflammatories that have a very negative impact on the health of the dog since they suppress the response of its immune system. They have a mechanism of action more aggressive since as we have said they act on the defense system.
Anti-inflammatories are prescribed in the following cases: inflammation, pain, fever, surgery and in diseases such as canine osteoarthritis.
Adverse effects of anti-inflammatories
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, by cutting the inflammation pathway, also inhibit the synthesis of substances called prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are essential for the dog to have the mucosa of its stomach protected and when these substances are not synthesized sufficiently the gastric mucosa begins to irritate and it remains unprotected, and may even ulcerate. To avoid this adverse but common effect, it is essential that the dog always take his medication after eating.
It is important that you are alert to your dog's food and make sure that when taking the drug do so on a full stomach.
On the other hand, when we talk about cortisone-based anti-inflammatories, it is very difficult to prevent adverse effects, which are the following: swelling, fluid retention, weight gain, lowered defenses and opportunistic diseases due to a suppression of the immune system. The vet may decide to prescribe some other drug designed to protect the stomach for your pet..
Other more natural alternatives
If the treatment with anti-inflammatories is carried out for a short period of time, there should be no problem, but it is true that the health of the dog is compromised when these treatments are given for a long or indefinite period.
In the case of osteoarthritis, for example, it is convenient to reduce the anti-inflammatory and provide other products in the form of nutritional supplements, which contain vitamins, minerals and substances that strengthen the cartilage of the joints.
Likewise, you must always remember that an anti-inflammatory does not cure, it only serves to control symptoms. Talk to your veterinarian and try to solve the causes and the source of the problem instead of providing symptomatic treatment.
Remember that your dog can also benefit from Natural therapies like homeopathy or acupuncture.
This article is merely informative, at AnimalWised.com we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.