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Vetprofen Flavored Tabs

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Vetprofen is a prescription medication that contains carprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking certain chemicals in the body called prostaglandins that cause inflammation. Carprofen is commonly used to relieve joint pain and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis and to help improve mobility in aging dogs. It is also used in for pain management after surgery, or injury. If your dog has been diagnosed with a joint problem such as arthritis, or experiences limited mobility caused by joint pain, your veterinarian may prescribe a NSAID such as Vetprofen.

Animals Treated

Dogs (6 weeks or older)

Key Benefits

  • Treats Pain and inflammation from arthritis and joint diseases
  • Used to treat pain associated with hip-dysplasia
  • Reduce Fever in Dogs
  • Minimizes postoperative pain and inflammation
  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for dogs
  • Beef flavored for easy administration


Active Ingredients:



View Vetprofen Flavored Tabs Drug Facts Sheet.

Always provide Client Information Sheet with prescription. Carefully consider the potential benefits and risk of Vetprofen Flavored Tab and other treatment options before deciding to use Vetprofen Flavored Tab. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response. The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb (4.4 mg/kg) of body weight daily. The total daily dose may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb (2.2 mg/kg) twice daily. For the control of postoperative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure. Tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half-tablet increments.


Vetprofen Flavored Tab is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.


Vetprofen Flavored Tab should not be used in dogs exhibiting previous hypersensitivity to carprofen.


Keep out of reach of children. Not for human use. Consult a physician in cases of accidental ingestion by humans. For use in dogs only. Do not use in cats.

All dogs should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before initiation of NSAID therapy. Appropriate laboratory tests to establish hematological and serum biochemical baseline data prior to, and periodically during, administration of any NSAID should be considered. Owners should be advised to observe for signs of potential drug toxicity (see Information for Dog Owners, Adverse Reactions, Animal Safety and Post-Approval Experience).


As a class, cyclooxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic toxicity. Effects may result from decreased prostaglandin production and inhibition of the enzyme cyclooxygenase which is responsible for the formation of prostaglandins from arachidonic acid.11-14 When NSAIDs inhibit prostaglandins that cause inflammation they may also inhibit those prostaglandins which maintain normal homeostatic function. These anti-prostaglandin effects may result in clinically significant disease in patients with underlying or pre-existing disease more often than in healthy patients.12-14 NSAID therapy could unmask occult disease which has previously been undiagnosed due to the absence of apparent clinical signs. Patients with underlying renal disease for example, may experience exacerbation or decompensation of their renal disease while on NSAID therapy.11-14 The use of parenteral fluids during surgery should be considered to reduce the potential risk of renal complications when using NSAIDs perioperatively.

Carprofen is an NSAID, and as with others in that class, adverse reactions may occur with its use. The most frequently reported effects have been gastrointestinal signs. Events involving suspected renal, hematologic, neurologic, dermatologic, and hepatic effects have also been reported. Patients at greatest risk for renal toxicity are those that are dehydrated, on concomitant diuretic therapy, or those with renal, cardiovascular, and/or hepatic dysfunction. Concurrent administration of potentiall nephrotoxic drugs should be approached cautiously, with appropriate monitoring. Concomitant use of Vetprofen Flavored Tab with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as other NSAIDs or corticosteroids, should be avoided because of the potential increase of adverse reactions, including gastrointestinal ulcerations and/or perforations. Sensitivity to drug-associated adverse reactions varies with the individual patient. Dogs that have experienced adverse reactions from one NSAID may experience adverse reactions from another NSAID. Vetprofen Flavored Tab treatment was not associated with renal toxicity or gastrointestinal ulceration in well controlled safety studies of up to ten times the dose in healthy dogs.

Vetprofen Flavored Tab is not recommended for use in dogs with bleeding disorders (e.g., Von Willebrand's disease), as safety has not been established in dogs with these disorders. The safe use of Vetprofen Flavored Tab in animals less than 6 weeks of age, pregnant dogs, dogs used for breeding purposes, or in lactating bitches has not been established. Studies to determine the activity of Vetprofen Flavored Tab when administered concomitantly with other protein-bound or similarly metabolized drugs have not been conducted. Drug compatibility should be monitored closely in patients requiring additional therapy. Such drugs commonly used include cardiac, anticonvulsant and behavioral medications. It has been suggested that treatment with carprofen may reduce the level of inhalant anesthetics needed.15

If additional pain medication is warranted after administration of the total daily dose of Vetprofen Flavored Tab, alternative analgesia should be considered. The use of another NSAID is not recommended. Consider appropriate washout times when switching from one NSAID to another or when switching from corticosteroid use to NSAID use.


Confirmation of the effectiveness of Vetprofen Flavored Tab for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries was demonstrated in 5 placebo-controlled, masked studies examining the antiinflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of Vetprofen Flavored Tab in various breeds of dogs.

Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of Vetprofen Flavored Tab when dosed at 2 mg/lb once daily or when divided and administered at 1 mg/lb twice daily. In these two field studies, dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis showed statistically significant overall improvement based on lameness evaluations by the veterinarian and owner observations when administered Vetprofen Flavored Tab at labeled doses.

Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the effectiveness of Vetprofen Flavored Tab for the control of postoperative pain when dosed at 2 mg/lb once daily in various breeds of dogs. In these studies, dogs presented for ovariohysterectomy, cruciate repair and aural surgeries were administered Vetprofen Flavored Tab preoperatively and for a maximum of 3 days (soft tissue) or 4 days (orthopedic) postoperatively. In general, dogs administered Vetprofen Flavored Tab showed statistically significant improvement in pain scores compared to controls.

Animal Safety:

Laboratory studies in unanesthetized dogs and clinical field studies have demonstrated that Vetprofen Flavored Tab is well tolerated in dogs after oral administration.

In target animal safety studies, Vetprofen Flavored Tab was administered orally to healthy Beagle dogs at 1, 3, and 5 mg/lb twice daily (1, 3 and 5 times the recommended total daily dose) for 42 consecutive days with no significant adverse reactions. Serum albumin for a single female dog receiving 5 mg/lb twice daily decreased to 2.1 g/dL after 2 weeks of treatment, returned to the pre-treatment value (2.6 g/dL) after 4 weeks of treatment, and was 2.3 g/dL at the final 6-week evaluation. Over the 6-week treatment period, black or bloody stools were observed in 1 dog (1 incident) treated with 1 mg/lb twice daily and in 1 dog (2 incidents) treated with 3 mg/lb twice daily. Redness of the colonic mucosa was observed in 1 male that received 3 mg/lb twice daily.

Two of 8 dogs receiving 10 mg/lb orally twice daily (10 times the recommended total daily dose) for 14 days exhibited hypoalbuminemia. The mean albumin level in the dogs receiving this dose was lower (2.38 g/dL) than each of 2 placebo control groups (2.88 and 2.93 g/dL, respectively). Three incidents of black or bloody stool were observed in 1 dog. Five of 8 dogs exhibited reddened areas of duodenal mucosa on gross pathologic examination. Histologic examination of these areas revealed no evidence of ulceration, but did show minimal congestion of the lamina propria in 2 of the 5 dogs.

In separate safety studies lasting 13 and 52 weeks, respectively, dogs were administered orally up to 11.4 mg/lb/day (5.7 times the recommended total daily dose of 2 mg/lb) of carprofen. In both studies, the drug was well tolerated clinically by all of the animals. No gross or histologic changes were seen in any of the treated animals. In both studies, dogs receiving the highest doses had average increases in serum L-alanine aminotransferase (ALT) of approximately 20 IU.

In the 52 week study, minor dermatologic changes occurred in dogs in each of the treatment groups but not in the control dogs. The changes were described as slight redness or rash and were diagnosed as nonspecific dermatitis. The possibility exists that these mild lesions were treatment related, but no dose relationship was observed.

Clinical field studies were conducted with 549 dogs of different breeds at the recommended oral doses for 14 days (297 dogs were included in a study evaluating 1 mg/lb twice daily and 252 dogs were included in a separate study evaluating 2 mg/lb once daily). In both studies the drug was clinically well tolerated and the incidence of clinical adverse reactions for Vetprofen Flavored Tab-treated animals was no higher than placebo-treated animals (placebo contained inactive ingredients found in Vetprofen Flavored Tab). For animals receiving 1 mg/lb twice daily, the mean post-treatment serum ALT values were 11 IU greater and 9 IU less than pre-treatment values for dogs receiving Vetprofen Flavored Tab and placebo, respectively. Differences were not statistically significant. For animals receiving 2 mg/lb once daily, the mean post-treatment serum ALT values were 4.5 IU greater and 0.9 IU less than pre-treatment values for dogs receiving Vetprofen Flavored Tab and placebo, respectively. In the latter study, 3 Vetprofen Flavored Tab-treated dogs developed a 3-fold or greater increase in (ALT) and/or (AST) during the course of therapy. One placebo-treated dog had a greater than 2-fold increase in ALT. None of these animals showed clinical signs associated with laboratory value changes. Changes in the clinical laboratory values (hematology and clinical chemistry) were not considered clinically significant. The 1 mg/lb twice daily course of therapy was repeated as needed at 2-week intervals in 244 dogs, some for as long as 5 years.

Clinical field studies were conducted in 297 dogs of different breeds undergoing orthopedic or soft tissue surgery. Dogs were administered 2 mg/lb of Vetprofen Flavored Tab two hours prior to surgery then once daily, as needed for 2 days (soft tissue surgery) or 3 days (orthopedic surgery). Vetprofen Flavored Tab was well tolerated when used in conjunction with a variety of anesthetic-related drugs. The type and severity of abnormal health observations in Vetprofen Flavored Tab and placebo-treated animals were approximately equal and few in number (see Adverse Reactions). The most frequent abnormal health observation was vomiting and was observed at approximately the same frequency in Vetprofen Flavored Tab and placebo-treated animals. Changes in clinicopathologic indices of hematopoietic, renal, hepatic, and clotting function were not clinically significant. The mean post-treatment serum ALT values were 7.3 IU and 2.5 IU less than pre-treatment values for dogs receiving Vetprofen Flavored Tab and placebo, respectively. The mean post-treatment AST values were 3.1 IU less for dogs receiving Vetprofen Flavored Tab and 0.2 IU greater for dogs receiving placebo.

Information for Dog Owners:

Vetprofen Flavored Tab, like other drugs of its class, is not free from adverse reactions. Owners should be advised of the potential for adverse reactions and be informed of the clinical signs associated with drug intolerance. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or tarry stools, increased water consumption, increased urination, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, skin or white of the eye due to jaundice, lethargy, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death (see Adverse Reactions). Owners should be advised to discontinue Vetprofen Flavored Tab therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if signs of intolerance are observed. The vast majority of patients with drug related adverse reactions have recovered when the signs are recognized, the drug is withdrawn, and veterinary care, if appropriate, is initiated. Owners should be advised of the importance of periodic follow up for all dogs during administration of any NSAID.

Adverse Reactions:

During investigational studies of osteoarthritis with twice daily administration of 1 mg/lb, no clinically significant adverse reactions were reported. Some clinical signs were observed during field studies (n=297) which were similar for carprofen and placebo-treated dogs. Incidences of the following were observed in both groups: vomiting (4%), diarrhea (4%), changes in appetite (3%), lethargy (1.4%), behavioral changes (1%), and constipation (0.3%). The product vehicle served as control.

There were no serious adverse events reported during clinical field studies of osteoarthritis with once daily administration of 2 mg/lb. The following categories of abnormal health observations were reported. The product vehicle served as control.

Percentage of Dogs with Abnormal Health Observations Reportedin Osteoarthritis Field Study (2 mg/lb once daily)
Observation Carprofen (n=129) Placebo (n=132)
Inappetence 1.6 1.5
Vomiting 3.1 3.8
Diarrhea/Soft stool 3.1 4.5
Behavior change 0.8 0.8
Dermatitis 0.8 0.8
PU/PD 0.8 ---
SAP increase 7.8 8.3
ALT increase 5.4 4.5
AST increase 2.3 0.8
BUN increase 3.1 1.5
Bilirubinuria 16.3 12.2
Ketonuria 14.7 9.1

Clinical pathology parameters listed represent reports of increases from pre-treatment values; medical judgment is necessary to determine clinical relevance.

During investigational studies of surgical pain for the tablet formulation, no clinically significant adverse reactions were reported. The product vehicle served as control.

Percentage of Dogs with Abnormal Health Observations Reportedin Surgical Pain Field Studies with Tablets (2 mg/lb once daily)
Observation* Carprofen (n=148) Placebo (n=149)
Inappetence 1.4 0
Vomiting 10.1 13.4
Diarrhea/Soft stool 6.1 6.0
Dermatitis/skin lesion 2.0 1.3
Ocular disease 2.7 0
Dysrhythmia 0.7 0
Apnea 1.4 0
Oral/periodontal disease 1.4 0
Pyrexia 0.7 1.7
Urinary tract disease 1.4 1.3
Wound drainage 1.4 0

*A single dog may have experienced more than one occurrence of an event


Vetprofen Flavored Tab is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to reduce pain and inflammation (soreness) due to osteoarthritis and pain following surgery in dogs. Vetprofen Flavored Tab is a prescription drug for dogs. It is available as a tablet and is given to dogs by mouth.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition caused by "wear and tear" of cartilage and other parts of the joints that may result in the following changes or signs in your dog:

  • Limping or lameness
  • Decreased activity or exercise (reluctance to stand, climb stairs, jump or run, or difficulty in performing these activities)
  • Stiffness or decreased movement of joints

To control surgical pain (e.g. for surgeries such as spays, ear procedures or orthopedic repairs) your veterinarian may administer Vetprofen Flavored Tab before the procedure and recommend that your dog be treated for several days after going home.

While Vetprofen Flavored Tab is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can relieve the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog's mobility.

  • Response varies from dog to dog but can be quite dramatic.
  • In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days.
  • If Vetprofen Flavored Tab is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back.

Your dog should not be given Vetprofen Flavored Tab if he/she:

  • Has had an allergic reaction to carprofen, the active ingredient of Vetprofen Flavored Tab.
  • Has had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs (for example deracoxib, etodolac, firocoxib, meloxicam, phenylbutazone or tepoxalin) such as hives, facial swelling, or red or itchy skin.
Cats should not be given Vetprofen Flavored Tab. Call your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives Vetprofen Flavored Tab. People should not take Vetprofen Flavored Tab. Keep Vetprofen Flavored Tab and all medicines out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take Vetprofen Flavored Tab.
Vetprofen Flavored Tab should be given according to your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Vetprofen Flavored Tab is right for your dog and for how long it should be given. Vetprofen Flavored Tab should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food.

Talk to your veterinarian about:

  • The signs of OA you have observed (for example limping, stiffness).
  • The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of OA.
  • What tests might be done before Vetprofen Flavored Tab is prescribed.
  • How often your dog may need to be examined by your veterinarian.
  • The risks and benefits of using Vetprofen Flavored Tab.

Tell your veterinarian if your dog has ever had the following medical problems:

  • Experienced side effects from Vetprofen Flavored Tab or other NSAIDs, such as aspirin
  • Digestive upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea)
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • A bleeding disorder (for example, Von Willebrand's disease)

Tell your veterinarian about:

  • Any other medical problems or allergies that your dog has now or has had.
  • All medicines that you are giving your dog or plan to give your dog, including those you can get without a prescription.

Tell your veterinarian if your dog is:

  • Pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your dog.

Vetprofen Flavored Tab, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs, including carprofen. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death.

The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach (such as bleeding ulcers), and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with Vetprofen Flavored Tab or may have another medical problem:

  • Decrease or increase in appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
  • Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure or aggression)
  • Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed)
  • Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell)
  • Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching)

It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Vetprofen Flavored Tab therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.

Vetprofen Flavored Tab should not be given with other NSAIDs (for example, aspirin, deracoxib, etodolac, firocoxib, meloxicam, tepoxalin) or steroids (for example, cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone, triamcinolone).

Tell your veterinarian about all medicines you have given your dog in the past, and any medicines that you are planning to give with Vetprofen Flavored Tab. This should include other medicines that you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your dog's medicines can be given together.

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Vetprofen Flavored Tab.

This sheet provides a summary of information about Vetprofen Flavored Tab. If you have any questions or concerns about Vetprofen Flavored Tab, or osteoarthritis, or postoperative pain, talk to your veterinarian.

As with all prescribed medicines, Vetprofen Flavored Tab should only be given to the dog for which it was prescribed. It should be given to your dog only for the condition for which it was prescribed.

It is important to periodically discuss your dog's response to Vetprofen Flavored Tab at regular check ups. Your veterinarian will best determine if your dog is responding as expected and if your dog should continue receiving Vetprofen Flavored Tab.


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100% Recommend this product (17 of 17 responses)
By Carie'
Atlanta, GA
These really work for my older dog's arthritis!
October 22, 2022
This drug really helps my sweet older lab to stay active by easing his arthritis pain. and the more active he stays, the better it is for him in the long run. It is so easy to order from EntirelyPets and you pay a lot less than if you were to get the medication directly from most vets. And the staff at EntirelyPets take care of getting the prescription from my vet and then ship the medication out very quickly.
By Kathy
Scottsdale AZ
Inflammation and arthritis
September 29, 2022
Vetprofen works to reduce/eliminate the inflammation associated with our dog’s arthritis in his hip and knee when pain meds weren’t working good enough. The combination works great and he has no
more limping.
By Dan
September 3, 2022
Quick delivery and effective treatment.
By Nanook
Ventura CA
Reasonable price for necessary medicine
March 24, 2022
More affordable than my vets office, especially if my dog is taking on an ongoing basis.

Merchant Response:We are happy to help Nanook!
By Jackie
Mercer Pa
April 16, 2021
Shipping was amazing
Received days before expected
Your price was a bonus also!
Thank you!
By Beverly S.
Tryptophan tabs
August 22, 2020
This medication is perfect for my dog. She is doing so much better now walking and even jumping.
  • Not expensive.
By Bonnie Z.
Aurora, IL
Order was processed quickly
July 11, 2020
Everything went went...shipment came in a timely manner.

The ability to connect with a ‘live person’ is difficult if not impossible....would like to take with someone when ordering this prescription.
  • Prescription came in a timely manner.
  • Difficulty getting in touch with someone...would like to be able to speak with someone when placing my order.
By Melissa
Lincoln, ME
Works Great!
April 19, 2020
Seems to really help my 10 year old Golden Retriever. Not sore after our walks or playing and running on our 16-acre property. Fast and easy delivery from the website, also.
By Lisa J.
long beach, CA
so helpful for our giant dog's arthritis!
March 30, 2020
Our 120 pound Ridgeback/Rottweiler mix is able to jump on the couch, just where she likes to be, now that she's taking these! It is helpful that they are chewable, although I still need to "disguise" them for her to swallow daily! Thank you for offering these at a more affordable price!
By Frank
St. Clair, MI.
First time buyer.
January 23, 2020
Received in a timely fashion and best price.Been using for almost a year on our 13yr old Springer with arthritis, was getting from someplace else though.It definitely helps him, along with CBD oil we give him.
  • Best price, quick shipping.
  • Doesn't come in bottle shown or sealed.
  • So, I'm hoping it's the real deal.
By Aallen
Wa state
Best shipping
January 16, 2019
This is keeping my golden retriever going with his bad hips and several cancer tumors.
By Mastiff
Helped the pain, had to take him off of Vetprofen
January 26, 2018
This medication really helped my dog(9 yr English Mastiff), but after about 6 months, had to take him off of it. Was causing extreme diarrhea.
  • Helped a great deal with my dog's pain and hip movement.
  • Extreme diarrhea. Had to stop using it.
By Lynn
January 6, 2018
So glad to find a company that provides this medicine for my 12 year old pup. Have ordered this drug from my vet in the past and it was too expensive buying it through them. This Medicine really works wonders for her. She Was having problems walking up the stairs but now she is doing much better.

Merchant Response:Hi Lynn, glad we're able to provide you with the Vetprofen vital to your dog's comfort and still save you some money! All the best!
By Tracie
Good value
December 29, 2017
This bottle of Vetprofen is a very good value. My Juno has a slight ACL tear and he takes these daily to manage the inflammation.

Merchant Response:We are so glad this is helping your fury little friend! We love his eyes!
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By Bear M.
Las Vegas, NV
This was a great price for Venprofen
October 11, 2017
My 9yr old English Mastiff has to take this medication daily. This was a great price for Venprofen 60 cents a tablet.
By Dennis
Goodyear, AZ
Great service!
April 27, 2017
I am completely satisfied with my service and my price. I could not ask for anything else.
By Judy
Works well
May 22, 2016
My German Shepherd likes the taste. The only thing is that when I have to cut them in half they don't cut well.

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