Non steroidal therapy and blood screening

Your pet may have been prescribed a medication for pain and inflammation at Bell Veterinary Clinic, The most common type of medication used for this is a non steroidal anti inflammatory or NSAID. Below are some facts about NSAIDs you should be familiar with. At Bell Veterinary Clinic we believe that NSAID therapy can be an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy. We recommend if your pet is placed on long term NSAID therapy that regular examinations and screening blood work be performed. We have come up with a program to help you do this called our Canine NSAID Therapy Plan. We have developed this to make it easier and more affordable than ever to take the best care of your beloved pet.

The Canine NSAID Therapy Plan is set up for dogs that are on long term (more than 6 months) pain management medication. It splits up the payments on your pets medications (which are mailed to you monthly) and the examinations and the screening blood work which is recommended by NSAID manufacturers and clinical experts. If you are interested in finding out more about NSAID therapy or our Therapy Plan call our office at 810 678 3938 to schedule a consult .

Canine NSAID Therapy Plan

-Monthly refill of your pet’s medication mailed to your home (first of every month)

-Bi Annual Office Visit/Examinations (every 6 months)

-Bi Annual Serum Chemistry Profile Blood Screening (every 6 months)

-Phone consults as needed related to therapy

-Billed monthly to your credit or debit card for your convenience

With NSAID therapy it is important to have at least 2 examinations a year to look for health problems, discuss therapy results, and check on disease progression. Screening blood work is important to check for abnormalities in kidney, liver values, screen for evidence of diabetes, watch for electrolyte imbalances and to chart your pet’s health.

Here are some facts related to NSAIDs:

NSAIDs are the number 1 analgesic prescribed by veterinary clinics for dogs with pain

NSAIDs are indicated for and commonly prescribed for relieving pain, fever and inflammation

Most common use of NSAIDs is pain relief of arthritis in older dogs

FDA considers approved NSAIDs “safe and effective when used according to the label”

NSAIDs have helped millions of animals live happier and healthier lives

Some side effects are possible and may be dangerous

Most common adverse reactions are vomiting, loss of appetite, depression/lethargy and diarrhea

More serious side effects include GI bleeding, ulcers, perforations an in rare cases kidney or liver damage

In rare cases NSAID therapy can unmask previously undiagnosed diseases, for example underlying kidney disease

Pharmaceutical representatives estimate side effect figures at less than 1%, but these figures have not been independently verified

Please click the links to the Adequan information page and check out our new TherapyLaser for other ways to help your pet with chronic pain from arthritis.