Ketoprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in dogs and cats to control fever, pain and inflammation. This medication should be given with food. Injectable ketoprofen may be used while your pet is hospitalized, but oral tablets are available for your use at home.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- Ketoprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory); non-narcotic
- Ketoprofen is given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat fever, pain and inflammation. Considered safer to use in pets than acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Alleviates inflammation, lameness and pain due to osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, disc diseases, spondylosis, panosteitis, trauma and related musculoskeletal diseases
- To manage post-surgical pain
- Considered safer to use in pets than acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Pets with bleeding problems or kidney disease
- Pets with stomach ulcers or bowel disorders
- Use with caution in pets with liver disease
- Cats should not receive this drug longer than 5 days
- Breeding and pregnant animals
- Pets with known hypersensitivity to NSAIDs
Give this medication with food.
Give medication as directed by your veterinarian.
While the pet is hospitalized, a 'loading dose' is given by injection. Once the animal is sent home, this same medication can be given daily for approximately four days as a tablet.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. Missed doses reduce the effectiveness of therapy.
Ideally, give the medication at the same time daily.
WHAT IF DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Ketoprofen should be stored in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Increased thirst, weight loss
- Bleeding in the intestinal tract. Contact your veterinarian if your pet vomits blood or has black, tarry or bloody stools)
- Liver and kidney toxicity. Notify your veterinarian if pet is lethargic, vomits or refuses food.
- Gastrointestinal, kidney and liver function testing should be performed occasionally on animals receiving prolonged ketoprofen therapy. Drug withdrawal is necessary for a short period before elective surgery.
- It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think you pet has a medical problem or side effect from this product's therapy
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur with aspirin, blood thinners, methotrexate, phenylbutazone and probenecid.
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet eats more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When will your pet need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- Risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, ketoprofen should only be given to the dog/cat for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about ketoprofen. If you have any questions or concerns about ketoprofen or for the condition it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.