What is Etodolac?
Etodolac relieves arthritis pain and inflammation to help your dog maintain his regular activity level and quality of life.
Who is it for?
Etodolac is for dogs over 11 lbs. The safe use of Etodolac in dogs less than 12 months of age has not been evaluated.
What are the benefits?
||Economical generic brand NSAID comparable to EtoGesic
||Helps relieve the pain of arthritis and inflammation in your pet
||It is also used for the relief of other types of acute pain
||Scored tablets allow more precise dosing; also available in capsules
Although there is no known cure for arthritis, there is a way to help ease the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and other joint abnormalities. Etodolac relieves arthritis pain and inflammation to help your dog maintain his regular activity level and quality of life. Available in scored tablets, which are easy to break apart to give the exact dose your pet needs.
How does Etodolac work?
Etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). These types of drugs inhibit the cell's production of chemicals that trigger inflammation. Various NSAIDs work differently on different dogs, so if you think your dog is suffering from the pain of arthritis, discuss the use of a NSAID, including Etodolac, with your veterinarian.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Etodolac is the generic form of EtoGesic.
How is it given?
Etodolac is given by mouth. It may be given with food to reduce the chance of stomach/intestinal side effects. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. For long-term use, use the lowest dose needed to provide relief.
What results can I expect?
Etodolac does not cure a disease but can effectively manage symptoms of pain and inflammation. The response varies from dog to dog but can be dramatic. Pain relieving effects can generally be seen within hours of giving Etodolac. Improvement of inflammation can generally be seen after several days. Etodolac is not a cure for arthritis, and the signs may come back if Etodolac is discontinued..
What form(s) does it come in?
Etodolac comes in scored tablets or capsules, which are given by mouth. The tablets can be halved by placing the tablet on a hard surface and pressing down on both sides of the score.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Etodolac?
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your pet is taking Etodolac. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected. You and your veterinarian should talk about any other treatment options that are recommended for your pet. For arthritic pets, weight loss programs, exercise programs, supplements, and other aids may be helpful.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog is experiencing any vomiting or diarrhea, has liver or kidney disease, has a bleeding disorder, may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your dog.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your dog is taking, and also if your dog has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Your pet will need certain laboratory tests and exams while taking Etodolac. Give Etodolac exactly as your veterinarian directs. Be aware of the
common side effects of this medication (listed below). Notify your veterinarian immediately if any side effects are observed.
Do NOT give Etodolac to cats.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in cats.
Not for use in animals who are hypersensitive (allergic) to carprofen (Rimadyl, Novox), aspirin, firocoxib (Previcox), Etogesic, meloxicam (Metacam), tepoxalin (Zubrin), or other NSAIDs.
Not for use in dogs less than 11 pounds of body weight, as accurate dosing cannot be made.
The safe use of etodolac in dogs less than 12 months of age has not been evaluated.
What side effects may be seen when taking Etodolac?
The most common side effect of NSAIDs is stomach upset, but stomach ulcers may develop, in which case you may see loss of appetite; vomiting; diarrhea; dark, tarry, or bloody stools; or constipation. Side effects involving the kidney include increased thirst and urination, or changes in the urine color or smell. Liver-related side effects include jaundice (yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes). Other side effects may
include pale gums, lethargy, shedding, incoordination, seizures, or behavioral changes. If any of these side effects are observed, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian.
Rare instances of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS, dry eye) have been reported. This results in irritated, "red" eyes with a thick, mucous discharge. Stop giving the medication and consult your veterinarian if your pet has eye discharge, redness, squinting, or other signs related to the eye.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store at room temperature in a tight, light resistant, childproof container; do not expose to high heat. The chewable form of the drug is appealing to pets and children. Store in a secure area to prevent an
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
With an overdose, you may see vomiting; diarrhea; dark, tarry, or bloody stools; constipation; increased thirst and urination; changes in the urine color or smell; yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes; incoordination; seizures; or behavioral changes. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose or if any of these side effects are observed, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Etodolac?
Consult your veterinarian before using Etodolac with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, other NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, carprofen (Rimadyl, Novox),deracoxib (Deramaxx), tepoxalin (Zubrin), firocoxib (Previcox),Etogesic, and meloxicam (Metacam); steroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone, Medrol, triamcinolone), methotrexate, furosemide (Lasix), digoxin, phenobarbital, oral anticoagulants (heparin, warfarin), enalapril, phenylpropanolamine, sulfa drugs, and some oral antidiabetic drugs,since interactions may occur.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet on this medication.