As our pets age, they experience pain and inflammation just like humans. Seeing our pets in pain is difficult to handle. Whether they show signs of a limp, have difficulty getting up, or even just stung by a bee, we do not like to see them suffering at all. Veterinarians can perform an examination to check for problems and sometimes prescribe medications for pets to mask pain. However, while waiting for a vet appointment, or when we already know what the issue is, we can be looking for a safe and effective remedy to provide relief.
Can You Give Human OTC Meds to Pets?
When we have aches and pains as humans, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications are commonly used such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. When our pets are in pain, it might seem tempting to give them one of these medications. However, giving them human medications is not a good idea. And, while there are similar medications designed for dogs, giving them a medicine made for humans may do more harm. Sensitivity to human medications or giving too large a dose may cause additional problems. Issues with toxicity from these medications may cause serious complications including:
- Liver and kidney damage
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Holes in the stomach lining
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea
NSAID Medications for Pets?
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are inflammation-reducing medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. They can also temporarily treat pain or fever. NSAIDs affect enzymes called prostaglandins that the body releases in response to injury or cell damage. NSAIDs block pain signal enzymes so fewer prostaglandins are produced. There are prescription NSAIDs designed just for pets. NSAIDs for dogs include:
- Galliprant (grapiprant)
- Previcox (firocoxib)
- Novox or Rimadyl (carprofen)
- Deramaxx (deracoxib)
- Metacam (meloxicam)
If your veterinarian prescribes one of these pain relievers for your dog, you need to watch out for known side effects. Prescribed medications almost always have potential side effects, these need to be weighed against the potential benefits that the medication delivers to determine safe effectiveness. NSAIDs are always given with the warning to give in the smallest effective dosage for the least amount of time. Some of the side effects to watch out for are:
- Behavioral changes
- Skin problems/redness
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive issues, including diarrhea and vomiting
Supplements and Natural Choices for Pets
There are many options for alternative and natural products and remedies for pets that show positive results. And, there are many things you can do to treat your pet’s issues as an alternative to using prescription pain medications. In addition to regular moderate exercise, a healthy diet, and providing your pet with a soft bed to sleep on you can give your pet regular supplements.
How Flexpet May Help
Flexpet is a safe and all-natural way to help if your pet has joint issues and inflammation. It is designed to help provide relief without the use of prescription medications. Flexpet has been on the market for nearly 20 years and is recommended by veterinarians. Flexpet has over 100 reviews on Amazon from verified purchasers. And furthermore, Flexpet is made from all-natural human-grade ingredients, it is made in the USA, and has no side effects.
We strive to make it as easy as possible for new users to try Flexpet. We give a money-back guarantee so there is no risk. If you don’t feel like you saw results from Flexpet, you can return the empty bottles/pouches and we’ll refund your full purchase price (minus shipping and handling). We also have a fantastic and knowledgeable customer care team available to answer all of your questions at 1-800-505-0575.
We have a maximum strength soft chew product for large dogs and those in severe pain, as well as a regular strength chewable tablet (our standard formula). If you have a dog who is suffering from joint discomfort, we encourage you to give Flexpet a try. You have nothing to lose but your dog’s pain!