Why is Fido dead? Prescription drugs are killing dogs, too

Drugs have a long term detrimental affect to your dog’s health and longevity. Drugs collect in the liver and kidneys and shorten a dog’s lifespan. Drugs are merely a band aid to suppress the symptoms while the patient is bleeding to death! They just don’t work because they don’t get to the cause of the problem.

I posted this article originally in March of 2007 and there has been no removing of these drugs from the market nor have vets stopped prescribing and dispensing them (most of which do not go over the known side effects or risks involved in giving them to your dog!)

(NewsTarget) The FDA has released information concerning non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pets — including Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox and Rimadyl — that shows they have been connected to 22,000 cases of illness in dogs, almost 3,000 of which were fatal.

The drug makers maintain their medicines are safe. Deramaxx-maker Novartis stated, “Deramaxx has been safely and effectively used to treat more than 1 million dogs for canine osteo-arthritis.” Boehringer Ingelheim, maker of Metacam, said it was “confident that there are millions of
animals whose lives have been improved by the pain relieving benefits of (Metacam).” Both companies note they provide vets with information sheets concerning the side effects.

The FDA states that the pet NSAIDs are considered safe and effective when used according to the label and if owners are aware of the side effects.

However, Chris Sweeney, who used to own a 9-year-old cocker spaniel named Ari, said she never would have used the drugs if she had been aware of the possible side effects.

“I went from having a healthy dog to having a dog that had to be rushed to the hospital and they said he might die on the way,” Sweeney said, adding that she believes Metacam is responsible for Ari’s death.

Boston veterinarian Dr. Margo Roman said she feels cases such as Ari’s are the tip of the iceberg.

“There’s liver issues, there can be kidney issues, there can be gastrointestinal irritation issues,” Roman said, adding that she would never prescribe these NSAIDs to her patients or use them on her own dog.

Pet owners do not have to turn to potentially harmful prescription drugs for their pets’ health, however. Natural options are available. Health advocate Mike Adams says that pet health, like human health, mostly comes down to proper nutrition, although he noted a pet’s dietary needs were specific.

“It is tragic, although not surprising, that so many beloved pets are falling victim to these side effects,” said Adams, co-author of the “Real Safety Guide to Pet Health” with Dawn Prate. “These drug companies are just interested in making a buck, and the FDA is just interested in protecting their financial interests, so of course they are going to say the medicine is safe if used properly.  What they don’t mention is that these drugs should only be used as an absolute last resort or if your pet sustains an injury, not as part of a lifestyle.

“The bottom line is: The healthiest thing you can do for your pet is love it, feed it properly, and keep prescription drugs as far away from it as possible,” he said.


Do your homework, research,  ask to see the client information sheet or better yet ask to speak with your veterinarian when she/he prescribes a drug for your pet,  whether it be a flea killer or heartworm (so called prevention) to Metacam to Rimadyl.   Just because your veterinarian says it is safe or that your dog NEEDS it does not make it so nor does it mean that there are not safer and just as effective natural modalities available.   Please,  for your pet’s sake,  KNOW what you are putting into their bodies, be informed,  be aware!  Our animals rely on US to do the very best possible for them

Would you like a consultation with Dr Jeannie about your dog’s current health or what natural modalities are available to ease pain, improve mobility and boost their immune system?    Are you confused by all the natural products and even diets available and need help sorting out what is just right for YOUR pet?  Maybe you have a new puppy and want to start it out on the right paw?  Go to http://www.thewholedog.org/consult.html


  1. Excellent article. Tells the whole truth about what we dog owners/activists are dealing with in unsafe NSAID use; people are not being made aware of the potential for this class of drugs to go wrong. NSAID drugs are the vet’s dirty little secret. Vets are aware that the FDA CVM and manufacturers recommend, suggest, advise…whatever you call it…that they SHOULD make the dog owner aware of the pitfalls and dangers of NSAID drugs AND pretest the dog for existing conditions that the NSAID can aggravate. But do they? In almost all cases….NO. They don’t. The onus is let on the dog owner who in most cases fully trusts their vet with their pets life. Its their job to care for our pets, and we are paying for a service, and paying well according to a recent AMVA study. DOG OWNERS: Do your homework before giving your dog ANY medications. Ask your vet questions, ask your vet for ANY information in regards to ANY drug he wants to use, internal or external. Rabies shots can and have killed. External tick solutions can have terrible adverse reactions, some life threatening. School yourself and don’t rely 100% on your vet. He has bills to pay and a retirement to plan too. Additional NSAID safe use information is available: http://www.DogsAdverseReactions.com

  2. My 11 year dog died on the 17th April, she had been having Rimadyl for unconfirmed arthritis for 11 months,l only found the potential side effects of Rimadyl 3 days after she died, l looked up Rimadyl on the internet and i was appalled at what l found out about it,l wasnt given any information by my vet about this drug or its harmful side effects,l have reported my vet to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for misconduct, l cant believe l was so stupid giving Rimadyl to my dog without researching it first, l had complete trust in my vet, thats one mistake i wont make again,l am sending letters and posters to as many vets as i can,if i can save one dogs life then l will have achieved something.l havent already said this, this is the first time i have posted a comment

  3. THANK YOU for your efforts on raising public awareness regarding the dangers of NSAIDS for canines [cats are also being given these drugs by veterinarians]. Documentation as to KNOWN symptoms caused by and/or associated with NSAIDS was copied directly from the FDA/CVM, before they changed their reporting format, and was gathered via veterinarians reporting adverse reactions [estimated to be less then 1% of actual occurrances] by those ‘reporting’ veterinarians] can be found at http://rimadyldeath.com

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