As dogs age, they might experience joint pain and inflammation. In severe cases, some dogs might suffer from osteoarthritis, a joint disease in which arthritis causes cartilage between bones to deteriorate. Some medications, including Galliprant, can help treat severe symptoms. But, is Galliprant right for your dog, and if so, what are the potential risks? Read more to find out.
What is Galliprant?
Galliprant is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms related to osteoarthritis in dogs.
Is Galliprant safe for dogs?
Galliprant is FDA-approved for veterinary use. Regardless, it is still critical to consult your dog’s veterinarian for more information regarding the safety and efficacy of administering Galliprant to your dog.
Dosage may differ depending on your dog’s age, weight, medication(s)* they take and other medical condition(s) they have. The FDA outlines the following as a general dosing guideline:
- 0.9mg per one pound of body weight once per day
Please note: it is important to consult your dog’s veterinarian about specific dosing instructions.
*Galliprant’s website states some of the medications that should not be taken with Galliprant, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
According to Galliprant’s website, your dog might experience side effects during treatment with the medication, including but not limited to:
- Appetite change
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice your dog is experiencing side effects with Galliprant.
Dogs with joint pain associated with osteoarthritis need extra care. If you want to try medication to treat your dog’s symptoms, it is critical that you consult their veterinarian first. A veterinarian will be able to create a personalized treatment plan for your dog, as well as provide feedback both during and after treatment to ensure your dog experiences healing in a healthy way.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice, nor can it replace the advice of a licensed professional.