Zubrin for Dogs

Zubrin is a brand name drug of the generic medicine called tepoxalin. This medicine is used for a variety of different medical concerns in dogs and is helpful in reducing inflammation and pain associated with certain conditions, like arthritis and osteoarthritis. If your pet suffers from a chronic condition which causes him inflammation and pain, speak with your vet about the possibility of managing his symptoms with Zubrin.

Zubrin Overview

Zubrin is an example of a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug. Called NSAIDs for short, these medicines are used in both veterinary and human medicine as a way of eliminating inflammation and reducing pain. They function by limiting your pet's body's ability to produce and accept prostaglandins, which are hormones that, when they attach to receptor cells in your pet's brain, result in the feeling of pain. Zubrin also contains a second mechanism to further help with the reduction of inflammation throughout his body as well.

This medicine is available through a veterinarian's prescription and is approved by the FDA for use in dogs.

Using Zubrin for Your Pet

One of the benefits of Zubrin is that it is available as a "rapidly-disintegrating tablet." This means that the tablet will dissolve quickly in your pet's mouth, making it harder for him to spit it out and easier for you to provide him with the medicine. Because of this, it's a good idea to give your pet the tablet directly, or perhaps with a small treat. Tablets come in different sizes and strengths; the exact dosage will depend upon your pet's:

  • condition
  • age
  • size
  • weight
  • any other health issues that he has

It's important to give your pet his dose of Zubrin according to your vet's recommended schedule. Each dosage should be provided within about an hour or so of your pet's last meal.

Zubrin Side Effects and Risks

Like other NSAIDs, Zubrin contains a set of risks and potential side effects, some of which are serious. If your pet has any organ damage, such as liver, kidney or heart disease, it's not a good idea to give him this medicine. You should inform your vet of any and all extra medical concerns that your pet already has before you begin to provide him with Zubrin. Zubrin can react negatively with certain drugs that are already in your pet's system, so it's important to also inform your vet of any other medicines that you are giving to your dog too.

The most common side effects of Zubrin include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Internal bleeding and ulcers
  • Dark colored stools

It's possible for these conditions to be life threatening if they are serious. It's also possible for your pet to suffer from an allergic reaction to Zubrin as well. If you notice anything that seems unusual after you give your pet a dosage of Zubrin, take him to the vet as quickly as possible for a full examination.