Feldene for Dogs

Feldene is a drug that is occasionally used in veterinary medicine to help deal with inflammation issues of the gastrointestinal tract and the bladder system. It is one of the leading drugs that is used to relieve symptoms of certain types of bladder cancer in dogs. If your pet suffers from this condition or a related condition, ask your vet about the possibility of partially remedying his symptoms through the use of Feldene.

Feldene Overview

Feldene belongs to a group of drugs that are collectively known as non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. These drugs work to reduce inflammation in various parts of your pet's body in much the same way that steroids do. However, NSAIDs are generally safer for long term consumption and use than steroids are, although they oftentimes do not provide the same high level of results. NSAIDs function to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production and reception of certain types of chemicals called prostaglandins in your pet's body.

Feldene is a drug that was manufactured specifically for use in humans. It is a brand name formulation of the generic medicine called piroxicam. Although the drug hasn't been approved for use in dogs by the FDA, veterinarians can still prescribe it to help address certain conditions and in particular types of situations.

Using Feldene for Your Dog

Feldene is available for use in capsule form. The capsule can be included in your pet's food or, more commonly, along with a treat that you give him. The exact concentration of the drug, as well as the specific amount and schedule for the dosing of the medicine, will be dependent upon a number of factors, including your pet's age, overall health and weight. The medicine is typically given every other day when intended for general anti inflammatory effect, and once every day when being used as a part of a treatment for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.

Side Effects and Precautions of Feldene

While the chances are slim, it's still possible that your pet might suffer from an extreme allergic reaction to Feldene. For this reason, it's important that you take him to the vet for an analysis any time you notice him exhibiting unusual symptoms or side effects after taking Feldene.

Feldene can interact poorly with certain other medicines in your pet's system. Be sure to tell your vet about any and all of the other drugs that you're giving your pet, before you begin his treatment with Feldene. It should not be given to pets with high blood pressure, history of intestinal ulcers or stomach lining problems, kidney damage and other conditions.

The main side effects of Feldene include:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Liver damage
  • Problems with blood clotting
  • Vomiting
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Loss of appetite

If you notice these or any other signs of an abnormal side effect, take your pet in to the vet immediately. For more information about Feldene, consult with your vet with additional questions.