Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/21/2014 -- Flunixin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) that also manages pain, fights fevers and is typically used to relieve pain and colic. Dogs and cats with peritonitis, inflammation between the lining inside of the abdomen and outside of the abdominal organs, due to surgery or other trauma and diarrhea may be given flunixin to prevent septic shock. Animals undergoing eye surgery will likely receive the drug before and after the procedure and conditions where the eye is painful and inflamed (uveitis, conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers).
Flunixin is also given to horses in pain due to colic and cows that have fever because of respiratory disease, and inflammation because of endotoxemia (when bacteria release their endotoxins into the bloodstream).
Flunixin can be given by mouth or injected into the muscle or the vein. Like any NSAID, typical side effects include ulcers, usually in the stomach and large colon, and problems with bleeding. Kidney disease is also risk which is why it is important to make sure any animal on flunixin drinks plenty of water. Flunixin should be used carefully in foals, especially if they are premature, septicemic or there are concerns about liver and kidney disease.Rimadyl Overdoses usually manifest as depression and decreased appetite. Do not combine flunixin with other NSAIDs and corticosteroids.
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