NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs act to relieve pain and reduce inflammation for pets. Cats are especially sensitive to the side effects of these drugs, so NSAIDs are typically only prescribed to felines on a very limited basis. Never give your cat any pet medication without consulting your veterinarian first.
NSAIDs do tend to work quite well for many dogs and horses to relieve pain after surgery or pain caused by some types of arthritis. Unfortunately, NSAIDs can also lead to side effects in some animals. The most common side effects seen are irritation of the stomach and intestines as shown by vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite, changes in liver function and changes in kidney function.
The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), which is part of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), states that NSAIDs account for a large number of the reports they receive regarding adverse side effects.For this reason, drug manufacturers now provide a Client Information Sheet to be given to pet owners when their pet is prescribed one of these medications. You can also find the CIS sheets on the FDA’s website.
These CIS sheets discuss why a NSAID might be prescribed to your pet, how it will work and what possible effects to be aware of. Exact dosing schedules will need to be customized for your individual pet and may be affected by any other medical conditions.