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A Dog's Comprehensive Guide to Etodolac
Meet the NSAID Pain Reducer: Etodolac!
Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for dogs for the management of pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis (OA). Etodolac is an oral capsule that is administered once a day. Etodolac relieves joint stiffness and reduces fever, so your dog can feel their best!
How does Etodolac work?
Etodolac is an active ingredient, and also a generic alternative to brand names Lodine and EtoGesic. Etodolac is an NSAID that prevents the formation of prostaglandins that are made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. This causes inflammation and pain in your dog's body.
How is Etodolac administered?
Etodolac are capsules administered orally once a day. These 300 mg capsules have a usual dose or primary dosage of five to six milligrams per pound of the dog's body weight. The recommended dosage is 4.5 to 6.8 mg maximum; however, follow your veterinarian's directions.
What are the precautions of which you should be aware?
The following dogs cannot be prescribed Etodolac. Those that:
Have liver, kidney, blood, or heart abnormalities
Have ulcers or other gastrointestinal conditions
Are hypersensitive to the drug
Are less than 10 lbs.
Nursing and pregnant dogs are cautioned when trying Etodolac.
Etodolac may have negative interactions with:
Aspirin or Ibuprofen
Steroids (like Prednisone)
ACE inhibitors (like Enalapril or Benazepril)
Immunomodulators (like Cyclosporine)
Other veterinary NSAIDs
When a dog tries a long-term use of an NSAID, they should have a complete veterinary examination with a blood screening. The dogs should be checked every six months. Etodolac is approved only for canine use officially and was designed for long-term use in dogs.
What are the Etodolac side effects of which you should be aware?
Etodolac is usually a safe prescription drug when prescribed by a licensed veterinarian.
Typical NSAID side effects, such as stomach ulcers, intestinal issues, and kidney dysfunction, must be reported to your veterinarian and use should be stopped immediately. Rare side effects are dry eye and live toxicity.
Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you experience any of the following common adverse reactions reported are vomiting, hepatopathy, lethargy, bloody stools, jaundice, polydipsia, polyuria, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fainting, or coma.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Etodolac, and what is it used for?
Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for dogs for the management of pain, inflammation, and joint stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA). Etodolac is an active ingredient and is a generic alternative for brand names Lodine and EtoGesic. Etodolac is an oral capsule that is administered once a day.
What is Etodolac dosage for dogs?
The primary dosage is five to six mg per pound of dog's body weight. The usual dosage is 4.5 to 6.8 mg per pound of dog's body weight. Under no circumstances the daily dose should exceed 6.8 mg per pound.
How often can I give Etodolac to my dog?
Once-daily with food.
Can cats take Etodolac?
Etodolac is manufactured for dog use ONLY, short-term and long-term. Do not use this medication on any cat. At this time, the use of NSAIDs in cats is limited to the medications Meloxicam and Robenacoxib.
Is Etodolac for puppies?
Etodolac can be administered to puppies that are at least 12 months of age and 11 lbs.
The most important thing that you should know about Etodolac is the medication's power to return a dog's ease of activity, agility, and youth by reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
DISCLAIMER: FDA law restricts Etodolac only on order or prescription of a licensed veterinarian for the best pet health care advice. Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427, if this is a suitable product for your pet and your home. This informative article is not meant to substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and professional advice from your veterinarian or other qualified professionals regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA-approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.
Side Effects & Warnings
Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medication. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting or coma.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using any of the following medications; Coumadin (warfarin); Lasix (furosemide); prednisone or other steroids; aspirin or other NSAIDs such as Metacam (Meloxicam)Feldene (piroxicam), Rimadyl (Carprofen), Deramaxx (deracoxib); Enacard (enalapril), Lotensin (benazapril), Prinivil (lisinopril). There may be other drugs not listed in this guide that may affect etodolac. Tell your veterinarian about all prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medications, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other veterinarians. Do not start using a new medication without telling your veterinarian.
Etodolac should not be used in cats, pregnant or nursing animals. Etodolac can increase the risk of serious effects of the stomach and intestines, including bleeding or perforation. At the first sign of anything abnormal, stop using Etodolac and call your veterinarian.
Etodolac 300 mg.
Etogesic (Etodolac) is a non-narcotic, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is a prescribed medication in managing fever, pain, and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia in dogs. Like all NSAID medications, the mode of action of EtoGesic is the inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase activity by hindering the secretion of the body chemicals, prostaglandins. The anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, and analgesic properties of Etogesic make it a trusted medication for pain management in dogs.
Etogesic (Etodolac) is contraindicated in animals with a proven history of allergy to Etogesic or other NSAIDs. This medication should not be used in dogs with liver, heart, or blood abnormalities or those with ulcers and other gastrointestinal conditions. Dogs on a fairly long course of EtoGesic should be monitored periodically to ensure that the animal is not developing intolerance to the medication. EtoGesic could interact with other NSAIDs like aspirin, or cortisone based drugs. This medication must not be administered in dogs less than 10 pounds or in nursing and pregnant animals as its safety have not been proved. EtoGesic should never be tried on cats.
Etogesic (Etodolac) is normally well tolerated by dogs, when used under a licensed veterinarian. But, some animals might develop side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, bloody stools, jaundice or lack of appetite while they are being treated with EtoGesic. In such cases, treatment should be stopped and alternate treatment plans adopted in consultation with the veterinarian.
Etogesic (Etodolac) could be given with or without food, however, too much food is found to slacken the process of drug absorption. The tablets come in varying strengths ranging from 50 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg, and 500 mg tablets. The recommended initial dosage of Etogesic is 5 to 6 mg per pound (10 to 15 mg/kg) once daily, which should never go above 6.8mg/pound. When a satisfactory clinical response is obtained, the daily dose level should be reduced to the minimum effective level according to the veterinarian’s advice.
Do not give to dogs that weigh less than 11 lbs. or under 12 months of age. Do not use larger amounts or longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests on a regular basis to make sure the medication is not causing harmful effects.
Dogs/Puppies: (over 12 months of age and 11 lbs. and over) Usual dose is 4.5-6.8mg per pound of pet’s body weight once daily or as directed by a veterinarian.*
* Do not exceed a maximum dose of 6.8mg/lb of pet’s body weight daily.
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