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Turmeric (Jiang Huang) for Dogs - Anti-inflammatory to improve skin conditions
that topical pain containing flurbiprofen are dangerous to animals, even in tiny amounts. The warning was the result of several reports of household pets becoming ill or dying after the guardians used flurbiprofen topical pain relief formulations.
Flurbiprofen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat , , muscular discomfort and other aches. It was originally marketed as Ansaid® (Pfizer), then Froben® (Abbott), and is now widely available in generic form. It is similar to ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®), naproxen (Naprosyn®), and other NSAIDs. Flurbiprofen is commonly added to pain relieving creams and lotions, and that may be how pets, especially , are being accidentally poisoned.
Cats seem particularly sensitive to NSAIDs such as flurbiprofen. For years have warned cat owners to avoid Tylenol (acetaminophen) and never give your dog or cat aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs without consulting with your veterinarian first. Add flurbiprofen to that No-Try List.
The FDA revealed that the guardian of two cats sickened by flurbiprofen had recently used a pain-relieving cream on the neck and feet. The guardian did not recall the two cats eating, licking or otherwise directly contacting the cream. These two cats developed failure and fortunately recovered with veterinary care.
Another household had three cats that became sick and died, despite aggressive veterinary care. The guardian had also used a flurbiprofen-containing product prior to the cats developing clinical signs. All three cats eventually died and had necropsies performed, confirming NSAID toxicity.
Clinical signs of flurbiprofen and NSAID toxicity are severe and abrupt. Many cats will progress to critical condition within 24 to 72 hours of NSAID exposure. Dogs may also be affected by flurbiprofen and NSAIDs, although they appear to be less sensitive to developing life-threatening toxicity.
Clinical Signs of Flurbiprofen and NSAID Toxicity in Cats and Dogs include:
Unlike anti-inflammatory medications that can cause side effects, light therapy achieves many of the same goals with no risks of side effects. Your dog does not require sedation for a light therapy treatment, and many dogs actually enjoy the procedure. Unlike surgical procedures, light therapy does not require hair removal.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for use in dogs and cats only
Pros & Cons of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Dogs
Robenacoxib (Onsior) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that currently is labeled for short term use in cats. Cats, unlike dogs, rarely are prescribed long term NSAIDS.Make golden paste for your dog with these 4 simple ingredients! - This all natural anti-inflammatory spice also helps protect your dogs liver and can even prevent and treat cancer!