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Vetprofen 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 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
  • Decreases 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.

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Always provide Client Information Sheet with prescription. 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. Caplets are scored, and dosage should be calculated in half-caplet increments.

View Vetprofen Drug Facts Sheet.

EFFECTIVENESS: Confirmation of the effectiveness of carprofen 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 anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of carprofen caplets in various breeds of dogs.

Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of carprofen caplets 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 carprofen at labeled doses.

Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the effectiveness of carprofen caplets 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 carprofen preoperatively and for a maximum of 3 days (soft tissue) or 4 days (orthopedic) postoperatively. In general, dogs administered carprofen showed statistically significant improvement in pain scores compared to controls.

INDICATIONS: Vetprofen 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.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Vetprofen should not be used in dogs exhibiting previous hyper- sensitivity to carprofen.

WARNINGS: 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 before, 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).

INFORMATION FOR DOG OWNERS: Vetprofen, 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 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.

What kind of results can I expect when my dog is on Vetprofen? While Vetprofen 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 Tablet is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back

Who should not take Vetprofen? Your dog should not be given Vetprofen if he/she:

  • Has had an allergic reaction to carprofen, the active ingredient of Vetprofen.
  • 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.

Vetprofen should be given to dogs only. Cats should not be given Vetprofen. Call your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives Vetprofen. People should not take Vetprofen. Keep Vetprofen and all medicines out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take Vetprofen.

How to give Vetprofen to your dog. Vetprofen should be given according to your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Vetprofen is right for your dog and for how long it should be given. Vetprofen should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food.

What to tell/ask your veterinarian before giving Vetprofen. Talk to your veterinarian about:

    Talk to your veterinarian about:
  • The signs of OA you have (for example limping, stiffness).
  • The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of OA.
  • What tests might be done before Vetprofen is prescribed.
  • How often your dog may need to be examined by your veterinarian.
  • The risks and benefits of using Vetprofen
    Tell your veterinarian if your dog has ever had the following medical problems:
  • Experienced side effects from Vetprofen 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 the 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.

What are the possible side effects that may occur in my dog during Vetprofen therapy? Vetprofen, 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 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 therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.

Can Vetprofen be given with other medicines? Vetprofen 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. 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.

What do I do in case my dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Vetprofen? Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Vetprofen.


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100% Recommend this product (14 of 14 responses)
By Brian
Generics work as well as big name drugs
June 14, 2015
As our dogs age and arthritis grabs ahold of their hips, shoulders and other joints, much like humans, a drug that helps with the inflammation is a blessing. Our two big dogs are able to negotiate stairs with less discomfort and pain. We recommend talking to your vet about prescribing this medication to help your dogs in their golden years.
ProsGenerics are less than the brand name drugs and equally as effective. Place the order here online, they will contact your vet for the authorization and within a few days the prescription will be at your front door. It's just that simple.
By Dan
Tucson, Az.
As advertised..!!!
April 10, 2015
This worked great, I ordered the medication for my dog, they called my vet to confirm and shipped out the medication. As advertised..!!!
By Ed
Clarksburg, Md
March 16, 2019
I'm happy with the product, happy with the price, happy with the quick delivery.
By Shelley
Shamrock, Ok
Great service
December 27, 2018
Refills were easy when my vet is quick to reply. Quality product and fast
By Michael
St. Louis
August 2, 2018
Same as what my fur baby was taking from the Vet but a lot cheaper. Thank you for the great prices and product.
By Marge
Harrisville, PA
Arthritis relief
July 16, 2018
Vetprofen has helped my dog move better. He has arthritis in his hips and has less trouble moving since he started taking this pill.
By Morgan
Oregon Coast
Excellent anti-inflammatory medication for dogs!
April 7, 2017
I am very pleased with Entirely Pets Pharmacy. The prices are very good and considerably less expensive than the veterinarian.

My Smooth Fox Terrier has been using this product for approximately 10 months. Vetprofen has enabled her to be more active, mobile and most important, it has made her more comfortable with a better quality of life. My dog was prescribed this medication (25 mg.) for hip arthritis pain.
ProsVetprofen is an excellent and reliable generic for Rimadyl. Entirely Pets Pharmacy has very good prices with free shipping (minimum purchase criteria). Convenience of prescription delivered to your home, instead of a visit to the veterinarian.
By Sharon S.
Pahrump, Nevada
February 5, 2017
By Colleen K.
Temple City, CA
Best Price Excellent Product
July 24, 2016
I have ordered the Vetprofen 100mg Capsule 240 count two times. I did quite a bit of research pricing this item. I searched Rimadyl, Carprofen, and Vetprofen. This Pharmacy offers one of the best prices for the product. It always pays to do a search at several well known company names before you commit to buy. Entirely Pets Pharmacy has been there for me during the last two years helping me provide my aging pet dog, Max with the appropriate pain medications he needed to make his last year with me more comfortable. This product works the same as Rimadyl for aiding with arthritis pain, spinal degenerative disease pain, and post surgery or generalized pain. It is the base from which your vet will build your pain management plan for your pet. Be sure to ask your vet before administering any medication to your pet and especially those prescribed for dogs - do not give to your cat without checking with your vet first - this could be a lethal mistake. Also, note that you will be required to have labs done to monitor liver function while using this drug. Your vet may recommend full blood work up which is ideal, however if you are in a pinch for cash you can substantially reduce your labwork cost by having the liver panel done alone. Do not overlook this important step and do follow up to complete the other labs as soon as possible. I recommend this product and have seen how it has helped my Max during his last year with me. Hope you find this beneficial. Thank You! Colleen, LVN
By Ken
Austin, Tx
Vetprofen purchase
June 10, 2016
product received in good order and in a timely manner
By Izzy
Midlothian IL
May 27, 2016
Great product, my dog was to the point of not being able to walk up and down the stairs because of her arthritis . Now she's like a puppy again. She runs and plays and has no problem with stairs.
By Sharon
Thomaston GA
Great Prices
September 4, 2015
This medication works as well as the medication puchased from my veterinarian at a much lower price. Good communication throughout process with fast shipping.
By Vicki
Americus, Ga
The Best Thing I Ever Did
June 18, 2015
How great to discover Entirely Pets Pharmacy. After rescuing a puppy on the side of the road, his x rays showed a major hip & pelvis problem. Mac had probably been hit by a car on that old back farm road. I stood there in tears when my vet said he'd never get better & it would just get worse. I had new hope after one of the techs said he was too good a dog to put down & that I should try meds. first. Macs medicine cost from the vets office for the first month, lead me to search the web for an affordable program. I can't believe how easy Entirely Pets Pharmacy has made my transition. Within 3 days they had obtained my prescription info. for Vetprofen from my vet & Macs meds were on their way. It's made all the difference in the world. Mac is happy & I'm saving over half of what I paid at my vets office for the same exact medicine. Thank You for alleviating the stress that comes with a special needs dog, thank you for FAST SHIPPING, thank you for competent reps. who answer the phones & help ease the situation. Now I'm on the auto refill plan & that makes me very happy.
By Judi
Olympia, WA
Pain Relief
May 22, 2015
Reduces pain and lets my golden retriever stay active.

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