What is this medicine?
Carodyl – Carprofen Chewable Tablets, used to help alleviate the symptoms of canine arthritis in geriatric dogs. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which may also be used to reduce swelling and pain after medical procedures such as neutering or spaying. It can be used on a short term basis or for daily relief from conditions more chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and varying joint deterioration. It may also be used to help reduce post-operative discomfort after surgical procedures. The Amount of the active ingredient may vary: 75 or 100mg.
What is the composition of this medicine?
Each chewable tablet contains:
- Carprofen – released in 75 or 100 mg
- Excipients – q.s
What are the indications for using this medicine?
Carprofen is a non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent with characteristic analgesic and antipyretic activity approximately equipotent to indomethacin in dogs.
Carodyl is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.
Carodyl (Carprofen) dosage is calculated in accordance with the dog’s weight, and is usually 4.4mg per kilogram or 2mg per lb. The dose may be taken as a singular dose or divided into a morning and evening dose. Dosing can be done either alongside food, or directly into the pet’s mouth. When used for post-operative discomfort it is usually administered 2 hours prior to the procedure.
Do not alter your dosage unless specifically instructed to do so by either of the above. Dosage and usage often depends on the severity of the condition, as well as the dog’s medical history and current health condition.
What should I check or know before using this medicine?
Before you begin using this medication, ensure your vet is aware if the dog is pregnant or nursing pups, has any allergies, suffers from any other illnesses or health conditions, or is using any other medication or supplements.
What side effects may I notice from this medicine?
Carodyl (Carprofen) may cause the following side effects, all of which should be reported to your vet promptly.
- Stomach upset
- Tarry or dark stool
- Tiredness and weakness
- Loss of coordination
- Seizures and convulsions
- Gastritis or ulcer formation
- Paralysis (part or full)
- Behavioral changes
- Liver malfunction
- Kidney damage
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Loss of appetite
If the dog has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction, seek emergency medical attention. Carodyl (Carprofen) should only be used as instructed and prescribed by your vet.
Keep out of reach of children. Not for human use. Consult a physician in cases of accidental ingestion by humans. For use in dogs only. Do not use in cats.
All dogs should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before initiation of NSAID therapy. Appropriate laboratory tests to establish hematological and serum biochemical baseline data prior to, and periodically during, administration of any NSAID should be considered.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Store below 30 degree Celsius, protected from direct sunlight.