Carprovet for Dogs: Carprovet is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain and inflammation in dogs.
Carprovet works by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins—hormone-like substances that cause pain, inflammation, and fever. By reducing prostaglandins, Carprovet can relieve discomfort from conditions like osteoarthritis or injuries.
The typical dosage of Carprovet for dogs is 2 mg per pound of body weight given by mouth, twice a day. So if your dog weighs 50 pounds, the usual dose would be 100 mg (two 50 mg tablets) twice daily. You should give Carprovet with food to avoid stomach upset.
It may take 3-7 days of regular dosing for your dog to feel the full effects. Possible side effects include:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Lack of appetite
- Drowsiness or lethargy
Serious side effects can include ulcers, bleeding, or kidney damage. Call your vet immediately if you notice these.
To be safe, you should not give Carprovet to dogs under 6 weeks of age or those with certain health conditions. Also avoid combining it with corticosteroids, as this can increase the risk of side effects.
The typical course of treatment is 7-14 days, but your vet may recommend long-term, low-dose therapy for chronic conditions like arthritis. Be sure to follow your vet’s directions carefully and never stop treatment suddenly, as this could lead to withdrawal symptoms.
With the proper dosage and close monitoring, Carprovet can be a safe and effective medication to relieve your dog’s discomfort and give them a better quality of life. But as with any drug, careful attention is needed to minimize risks. If you have any concerns about your dog’s reaction or want to change the dosage or frequency, consult your vet.
Potential Side Effects of Carprovet
Carprovet, like any medication, may cause potential side effects in some dogs. The most common side effects are usually minor, but it’s good to be aware of them before starting your dog on Carprovet.
- GI upset. Carprovet can irritate your dog’s stomach, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite. These side effects are usually temporary, but contact your vet if they persist or are severe. You can try giving Carprovet with food to reduce GI upset.
- Lethargy or drowsiness. Carprovet may cause drowsiness, dizziness or lethargy in some dogs. This is more likely when your dog first starts taking the medication or when the dosage is increased. These side effects are usually temporary, but use caution when first starting Carprovet and be aware of changes in your dog’s energy level or behavior.
- Liver or kidney damage. Long term or high dose use of Carprovet could potentially cause liver or kidney damage in some dogs. Your vet will likely do periodic blood tests to monitor your dog’s liver and kidney function. Seek medical attention immediately if your dog shows symptoms such as loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes or gums, dark urine, vomiting or behavioral changes.
- Other side effects. Less commonly, Carprovet may cause a rash, hives, itching, racing pulse, aggression, restlessness, hyperactivity or behavioral changes. More serious but rare side effects include blood clotting disorders or anaphylaxis. Seek emergency vet care if your dog shows symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as facial swelling, difficulty breathing, collapse or seizures.
Be sure to contact your vet right away if your dog experiences any serious side effects or adverse reactions, or if side effects are severe or long-lasting. Your vet can recommend ways to manage side effects or may need to adjust or change your dog’s medication. Close monitoring when first starting Carprovet will help ensure your dog’s safety and well-being.
When to Give Carprovet to Your Dog
When should you give your dog Carprovet? This medication is usually given once a day, with or without food. The typical dosage is 1 tablet for every 4 pounds of body weight. So if your dog weighs 16 pounds, give them 4 tablets daily.
It’s best to give Carprovet at the same time each day to maintain consistent levels in their system. For example, if you choose to give it with a meal, pick a mealtime you can stick to daily like breakfast or dinner. Be sure to follow the directions from your vet regarding how long to continue treatment. Usually it will be for 7-14 days but can extend up to 28 days for some infections.
Some signs your dog may need Carprovet include:
- Excessive scratching, licking, or chewing in one area. This could indicate a skin infection that requires antibiotics.
- Lethargy, loss of appetite, or other changes in behavior. This can be a sign of a more serious internal infection that requires treatment.
- A wound or injury that’s not healing. Carprovet can help clear up an infection to promote healing.
- A diagnosis of Lyme disease, urinary tract infection (UTI), gastrointestinal issues, or other bacterial infection. Carprovet is effective against many types of bacteria.
Be very careful not to miss a dose of Carprovet. Doing so can allow bacteria to become resistant to the medication and make the infection more difficult to treat. It’s also important to give the full course of treatment as prescribed by your vet. Stopping early may allow surviving bacteria to become resistant and the infection to return.
Carprovet can cause side effects in some dogs like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Contact your vet right away if your dog shows any serious side effects such as lack of appetite, jaundice, fever, rash, or seizures. They may need to switch or discontinue the medication.
Close monitoring of your dog while on Carprovet and completing the full treatment as prescribed by the vet is key. When given properly and consistently, Carprovet is very effective at eliminating bacterial infections to get your dog back to good health.