Indications for Etodolac
Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used solely in dogs for controlling pain, fever and arthritis related inflammation. Etodolac prevents the formation of prostaglandins- a group of body chemicals, thereby relieving pain and inflammation.
Precautions when using Etodolac
Desist from using Etodolac in animals with known hypersensitivity to the drug and those with liver, heart or blood abnormalities. Dogs with ulcers and other gastrointestinal conditions should not be treated with Etodolac. It can cause serious interactions with other NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen or cortisone derivatives and should not be given unless specifically directed by the veterinarian. Before starting the medications, it is advisable to reconfirm whether the drugs the pet is receiving could interact with etodolac. Cats and dogs less than 10 pounds are not recommended for etodolac treatment. The safety of this medication in nursing and pregnant animals is not ascertained.
Side Effects of Etodolac
Etodolac is normally a safe prescription drug when used under a licensed vet. However there is possibility for some animals to develop side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, bloody stools, jaundice, lack of appetite or an increase in thirst or urination, while being treated with etodolac. The typical side effects of NSAIDs such as stomach ulcers and kidney impairment are also possible with Etodolac, though rarely. In some cases incoordination or seizures are also observed, which should be notified to the veterinarian immediately.
Dosage for Etodolac
Etodolac is available in 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg and 500 mg tablets. The primary dosage should be at 5 to 6 mg per pound (10 to 15 mg/kg) once daily, along with food. Under no circumstances, the daily dose should exceed 6.8mg/pound. As the situation improves, the dosage could be scaled down as per the veterinarian’s opinion. Make sure to complete the course to prevent the risks of relapse.
Brand/Generic Equivalents of Etodolac
EtoGesic (Fort Dodge), Lodine (Wyeth-Ayerst)