Etodolac is used to treat pain, inflammation, and fever in dogs. It's particularly effective against arthritis and joint stiffness.
For: Dogs (over 12 months of age and weighing more than 11 pounds)
How it works: Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Dosage & Administration: Use etodolac exactly as it was prescribed by your veterinarian. Do not use in larger amounts or use it for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions on the prescription label. If you do not understand these directions speak to your pharmacist or veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests on a regular basis to make sure the medication is not causing harmful effects. Store etodolac at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Tips: Do not give to dogs that weigh less than 11 lbs. or under 12 months of age. Do not use larger amounts or use for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests on a regular basis to make sure the medication is not causing harmful effects.
What happens if I miss a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medication. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting or coma.
What should I avoid while using Etodolac: Do not give your pet any over the counter cold, allergy, or pain medications without first asking your veterinarian or pharmacist. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin.
Possible side effects of Etodolac: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if your pet experiences any signs of an allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat). Stop using the medication and call your veterinarian at once if any of the following serious side effects occur; Black, bloody, or tarry stools; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; swelling or rapid weight gain; urinating less than usual or not at all; nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of eyes; fever, severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; chills, seizure. Keep giving etodolac and talk to your veterinarian if your pet develops any of these less serious side effects; diarrhea, constipation; dizziness; skin itch or rash;. Side effects other than those listed may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.
What other drugs will affect Etodolac: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using any of the following medications; Coumadin (warfarin); Lasix (furosemide); prednisone or other steroids; aspirin or other NSAIDs such as Metacam (Meloxicam)Feldene (piroxicam), Rimadyl (Carprofen), Deramaxx (deracoxib); Enacard (enalapril), Lotensin (benazapril), Prinivil (lisinopril). There may be other drugs not listed in this guide that may affect etodolac. Tell your veterinarian about all prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medications, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other veterinarians. Do not start using a new medication without telling your veterinarian.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Etodolac: Do not use this medication if your pet is allergic to etodolac, or if your pet has a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to any medications, or if your pet has; heart disease, congestive heart failure, or high blood pressure; stomach ulcers or bleeding; liver or kidney disease; asthma; a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating or if you plan to breed your pet.
Cautions: Etodolac should not be used in cats, pregnant or nursing animals. Etodolac can increase the risk of serious effects of the stomach and intestines, including bleeding or perforation. At the first sign of anything abnormal, stop using Etodolac and call your veterinarian.