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Phenylbutazone Pain Relief Medication for Dogs and Cats

 

Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/24/2014 -- Phenylbutazone is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduced pain and fights fever and inflammation. Occasionally, the drug is given to dogs experience chronic pain because of osteoarthritis but other NSAIDs are more commonly used. Phenylbutazone is commonly used in horses for pain due to sore muscles, lameness, soft-tissue injuries and conditions of the bones and joints.

Side effects in dogs include ulcers in the gut, suppression of bone marrow, rashes, blood disorders, liver damage and decreased blood flow to the kidneys. Phenylbutazone can cause oral and gastrointestinal ulcers in horses. Less likely side effects are renal damage, liver damage, bleeding and loss of protein. Animals should be well hydrated when given phenylbutazone to decrease the risk of kidney damage.

Other NSAIDs, corticosteroids and blood thinners and any drug that can damage the liver should not be combined with this drug. Phenylbutazone can change the circulating levels of many drugs. If an animal is experiencing toxicity, they will be depressed and lose their appetite.

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