NSAID toxicity in dogs: what to watch for

There are many things that we have to watch for in order to keep our dogs safe and away from potential toxins. What might be helpful for humans, may be toxic to our furry friends. NSAID toxicity is one of the most common poisonings in dogs, but many dog owners have never heard of it. We will discuss down below what NSAID toxicity is and signs that indicate you will need to visit a vet hospital.

What are NSAIDs?

While the term “NSAID” may sound unfamiliar to you, you are probably very familiar with its OTC names. These include Advil, Aleve, and Motrin. There are also veterinary prescribed NSAIDs. These include carprofen and etogesic. NSAID toxicity can still occur even with veterinary prescribed medication.

If you know that your dog has gotten into NSAIDs, it is important to contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control. This is because there are many different types of NSAIDs, which can cause varying symptoms, and have different levels of toxicity.

Clinical signs of NSAID toxicity

It goes without saying that if you notice your dog exhibiting any abnormal signs that you feel are out of the norm, it is important to get in touch with your local vet clinic who can perform a sick exam. This will help your local veterinarian determine what is the cause of your dog’s illness. A dog may exhibit NSAID toxicity in several different ways.

You may notice that your dog appears to be lethargic. Lethargy presents itself as a dog seemingly overly tired and the dog will typically be unresponsive to commands, as well as slow moving. They may also be exhibiting diarrhea and vomiting. One of the main areas of concern is renal failure due to the medication. Your vet will likely hook your dog up to IV fluids and may administer an anti-convulsant.

What if I don’t know what My dog has gotten into?

If your dog is displaying any signs that they may be ill, including vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or changes in behavior, it is important to contact a veterinary hospital as soon as you can.

They will perform a sick exam immediately upon arrival to determine the cause of the illness. This can help to get your pup back to normal quicker. Regular check-ups should be scheduled with your vet clinic. It is suggested by vets that older dogs receive a twice a year check-up.

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