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Painkillers for Dogs Linked to Health Risks

Jammin Lady We've all had dogs in pain and we always appreciate finding ways to help relieve the pain. But what if the painkillers are...

Joy  |  May 21st 2006


Jammin Lady
 

Jammin Lady

We’ve all had dogs in pain and we always appreciate finding ways to help relieve the pain. But what if the painkillers are actually causing MORE problems? That’s the question a number of publications are asking, including the Washington Post and USA Today. The following article comes from USAToday. I’ve only pulled the first few paragraphs. To read the rest of the article follow the link to the USAToday site.

Even painkillers for dogs have serious risks
By Julie Schmit, USA TODAY

Like pain relievers for humans, pain relievers for dogs are big business, improving the lives of millions.
And like pain relievers for humans, those for dogs have led to heartache.

Pfizer pioneered the market for dog painkillers when it introduced Rimadyl in 1997. Nearly 15 million dogs have taken it, many for pain from degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis.

Rimadyl now has four competitors with more likely. The market for dog arthritis pain medications tops $130 million a year and is growing about 13% a year, consulting firm Wood Mackenzie says.

But 3,200 dogs have died or been put down after taking the drugs, Food and Drug Administration records show. Almost 19,000 dogs have had bad reactions to them.

Everyone with pets should be aware of the potential problems with these painkillers before they expose their pets to them. They should also know the warning signs of pet problems with the drugs. This article does a good job of covering a lot of ground on this topic.

Thanks to BJ and Jammin Lady for bringing this topic to my attention!