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Galliprant for dogs: safety, side effects, dosage, and alternatives

Jason Jones, MBA - November 12th 2021

Galliprant for dogs: safety, side effects, dosage, and alternatives

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:

  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased activity level
  • Lethargy
  • Soft stool with mucus
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody stool

Galliprant Dose Chart

Dose 0.9 mg/lb. (2mg/kg) once daily

Weight in pounds Weight in kilograms 20 mg tablet60 mg tablet100 mg tablet
8-153.6-6.80.5
15.1-306.9-13.61
30.1-4513.7-20.40.5
45.1-7520.5-64.01
75.1-15034.1-68.01
150.1-22068.1-100.02

Galliprant alternative for dogs

NSAIDs – Other NSAIDs may be used in place of Galliprant. For instance, Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox, and 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.

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Supplements – Supplementing nutrients is another alternative treatment option for Galliprant. Nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids are known to improve joint fluidity. Other supplemental options to consider instead of Galliprant are glucosamine and chondroitin.

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 CBD has substantial anti-inflammatory effects.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may help your dog all naturally battle pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, allowing your best friend to live with less pain. 

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