Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

The Animal Poisons Helpline is often phoned about pets ingesting nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Pets can easily be exposed to toxic doses of these medications by either directly chewing into packets (tablets, liquids, or topical gels) or by being inadvertently overdosed by owners. The five most common NSAIDs that the Animal Poisons Helpline is contacted about are ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, meloxicam, and celecoxib.

In small animals, NSAID overdose can be serious. The risk of poisoning is highly dependent on the actual drug and dose ingested, the species and weight of your pet (cats being more sensitive than dogs), and any underlying medical conditions that may be present. Overdose may result in gastrointestinal effects, kidney injury, and even neurological signs such as coma and seizures with large doses. Pets can be very sensitive to many ‘human’ NSAIDs and should only ever be given medication under strict veterinary advice.

Please ensure all medications are always stored well out of reach of your pets. If your pet has ingested something they should not have, you can call the Animal Poisons Helpline 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice.

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