Carprofen (generic)
Carprofen (generic)
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Works to relieve arthritis pain
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Carprofen (generic)

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At a Glance
Safe and effective
Works to relieve arthritis pain
Usually leads to improvement within few days

Carprofen is the generic of Rimadyl, Novox , Carpaquin, Quellin, and Vetprofen and a prescription COX-2, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID). Carprofen relieves arthritis, joint and post-operative pain, and fever. Carprofen is for dogs and pups 6 weeks and older.
  • Arthritis & Pain Pharmacy
  • Oral Application
  • Dog Pet Type

Is Carprofen a Pain Killer for Dogs?

Carprofen Chewable Tablets are a popular drug for dogs. This drug can be easily found in almost every pharmaceutical store all around the world. This drug has a very good reputation in the veterinary community. The active ingredient of the pet medicine Carprofen Chewable Tablets is Carprofen. The drugs made from the compound Carprofen are one of the most recommended medications by veterinarians for the treatment and relief of numerous ailments that can cause pain or inflammation which are normally found in dogs. These chewable tablets are clinically proven drugs that can help your senior pets who are suffering from both mild or severe cases of osteoarthritis. Carprofen Chewable Tablets can be classified under non-narcotic Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs for short. This non-narcotic NSAID also has antipyretic and analgesic properties. The medicinal compound Carprofen has been approved by the federal regulatory organization Food and Drug Administration or FDA for short.

Will Carprofen Make a Dog Sleepy?

Carprofen is a generic medicine that is being sold all over the world by numerous brands under different names. This is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine that is generally prescribed by veterinarians to various animals as a supportive treatment for curing numerous negative conditions. It can be also noted that this drug can also be used in a pet's day-to-day life for relieving various types of pain and inflammation. The pets may suffer from these pains and inflammations which are generally caused due to different kinds of joint pain during their old age or can also happen because of postoperative pain. Due to the nature of the drug some pets may show signs of drowsiness post-administration. However, this type of symptom can not be classified under the side effect of the drug.

How Much Is Too Much Carprofen for Dogs?

After a thorough physical examination if the veterinarian of your pet finds that your pet is suffering from arthritis or joint pain they can prescribe Carprofen to your dog to avoid any form of adverse reactions. It is also recommended to pet owners that while they are administering any type of medicine they be extra careful. This is because uneven administration of medicine can either have no effect or can cause negative symptoms such as overdosing. Your dogs can show signs of overdosing if the administration of the dosage of the drug, Carprofen, exceeds eleven milligrams per pound of their body weight. In a few cases, some pets have shown signs of adverse reactions even if a normal amount of medicine is administered to them. These adverse directions can include tiredness, diarrhea, gastrointestinal infections, temporary lack of appetite, mild vomiting, and constipation. If any of the pre-mentioned maladies are found in your pet it is recommended that you immediately contact your pet's veterinarian for further medication and treatment.

How Long Do Dogs Stay On Carprofen?

Responsible pet owners have to take note that the drug Carprofen can not be administered to pets who are under the age of six weeks. The pets who are scheduled to undergo surgery are generally administered with the pet medicine, Carprofen Chewable Tablet. The pets who are normally undergoing surgery are administered two milligrams of Carprofen per pound of their body weight hours before their surgery. After the surgery, administration of this medication to the pet needs to be continued once daily. If they have undergone soft tissue surgery the medication needs to be continued for two days or in the case of orthopedic surgery the medication period will prolong to three days. Carprofen is a drug that works wonderfully together with a large number of anesthetic drugs.

How Long Does Carprofen Last Before It Expires?

When using any kind of medication if no manufacturing or the expiry date has been found on their body, the medicine is generally considered to be expired six months after its initial issue or opening of its seal. In case of liquid or other mixed prescribed medication, they are to be discarded two weeks from their initial use.

Is Carprofen Bad for Dogs?

When Carprofen is ingested in a larger quantity, it may prove to be toxic for your pet. It is to be noted, overdose caused due to overconsumption of medicine can range from minor to major symptoms. Some of the major symptoms can prove to be fatal for the pet's health which can ultimately lead them to die painfully. The overdose caused due to Carprofen in both cats and dogs can result in acute kidney failure and severe gastric ulceration.

How Often Can I Give Carprofen to My Dog?

A dose of two milligrams of carprofen per pound of the bodyweight of the pet is generally administered to a dog once a day or half the initial dosage can be applied twice a day.


Signs of Carprofen intolerance may include appetite loss, vomiting, and diarrhea, possibly indicating side effects involving the digestive tract, liver, or kidneys. Some side effects of Carprofen may occur without warning, and in rare cases, result in hospitalization or death. If symptoms occur, discontinue Carprofen and consult your veterinarian.

Consult your veterinarian before adding other medications, including vitamins and supplements, other NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), tepoxalin (Zubrin), and meloxicam (Metacam); steroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone, Medrol, triamcinolone), methotrexate, furosemide (Lasix) , digoxin, phenobarbital, oral anticoagulants (heparin, warfarin), enalapril, phenylpropanolamine, sulfa drugs, and some oral antidiabetic drugs, since interactions may occur.

Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

Administer Carprofen once or twice daily, depending on prescription, based on weight of dog. If you miss a dose, continue on regular schedule. Do not double next dose.

Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Puppies(6 weeks of age or older) All Weights 2mg/lb of dogโ€™s weight once a day or 1mg/lb of dogโ€™s weight twice a day

Store Carprofen at room temperature.

Option UPC/SKU
75mg per tablet 0049994314304

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