Galliprant for dogs: safety, side effects, dosage, and alternatives
Jason Jones, MBA - November 12th 2021
You sit at home with your dog, knowing it is almost time for the last bathroom trip before bedtime. However, you still hesitate to watch the clock move forward, thinking that a needed trip outside really hurts your canine companion.
You just gave him some medication a couple of hours ago, and you are hoping it will kick in anytime. You hesitantly call your dog to the door and watch as he slowly picks himself up off the ground. You hope that Galliprant is going to make a difference in your pup.
In this blog, we are barking up the Galliprant tree and jumping into what Galliprant is, its safety for dogs, the side effects, a dose chart, and alternatives.
Table Of Contents
- What is Galliprant for dogs?
- Is Galliprant safe for dogs?
- Galliprant side effects dogs
- Galliprant dose chart
- Galliprant alternative for dogs
What is Galliprant for dogs?
Galliprant is an NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that reduces inflammation, reduces fever, and relieves pain. In dogs, NSAIDs assist in controlling signs of arthritis, including inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain.
Veterinarians often prescribe Galliprant for osteoarthritis (OA) as well as post-operation pain control.
Galliprant is always taken orally with or without food. The NSAID is fast-acting and should show results within a couple of hours and last for a few days.
Is Galliprant safe for dogs?
Galliprant is safer than traditional NSAIDS as it works at a slightly different point on the inflammatory pathway. The effect is that the medication reaches the body at a later point in the inflammatory pathway reducing inflammation and pain. Most NSAIDs work by blocking cyclooxygenase (COX), while Galliprant blocks some prostaglandin.
Galliprant is safe for everyday use, but lower doses are required for long-term applications. Owners should consult their veterinarian before changing the quantity, particularly if the amount is being increased.
Additionally, veterinarians will do a baseline test of kidney and liver functions before starting long-term treatments of Galliprant.
Galliprant Side Effects Dogs
Common side effects seen with the use of Galliprant in dogs may affect the kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal tract and may include:
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased activity level
- Soft stool with mucus
- Watery or bloody stool
Galliprant Dose Chart
Dose 0.9 mg/lb. (2mg/kg) once daily
|Weight in pounds||Weight in kilograms||20 mg tablet||60 mg tablet||100 mg tablet|
Galliprant alternative for dogs
- CBD oil for dogs with arthritis- In several inflammatory-induced chronic pain models, cannabinoids, including CBD, may exert analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Barbara Costa of the Department of Biotechnology and Bioscience, University of Milano-Bicocca, did a study and found that Cannabidiol, a psycho-inactive component of cannabis, has substantial anti-inflammatory effects.
Talk with your veterinarian about CBD oil for dogs and other alternatives to Galliprant for inflammation relief.
- NSAIDS – Other NSAIDs may be used in place of Galliprant. For instance, Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox, Onsior can all be used to treat inflammation. Once again, your vet will test blood levels to make sure starting an NSAID regimen is the right choice.
- Gabapentin for dogs - Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant drug used to treat anxiety, pain, and seizures in dogs.
- Companion Therapy Laser - The Companion Therapy Laser is a Class IV deep tissue laser that uses intense light particles to penetrate tissue deeply and stimulate cells to heal.
- Supplements – Supplementing nutrients is another alternative treatment option for Galliprant. Nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids are known to improve joint fluidity. There are three main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Other supplemental options to consider instead of Galliprant are glucosamine and chondroitin.
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