General Description: Ketoprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in dogs and cats to control fever, pain and inflammation. This medication should be given with food. Injectable ketoprofen may be used while your pet is hospitalized, but an oral capsule is available for your use at home.
What is this drug?
Ketoprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory); non-narcotic
Ketoprofen is given by mouth
Reasons for prescribing:
To treat fever, pain and inflammation. Considered safer to use in pets than acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen.
What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
Pets with bleeding problems or kidney disease
Pets with stomach ulcers or bowel disorders
Use with caution in pets with liver disease
Cats should not receive this drug longer than 5 days
Breeding and pregnant animals
Give this medication with food.
Give medication as directed by your veterinarian. This medication is usually givenonce or twice daily.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. Missed doses reduce the effectiveness of therapy.
Ideally, give the medication at the same time daily.
What if dose is missed?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
What to tell/ask veterinarian before giving medication?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
When will your pet need to be rechecked
What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
Risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medicines can be given together.
If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
Storage and Warnings:
Ketoprofen should be stored in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
Potential side effects:
Vomiting or diarrhea
Increased thirst, weight loss
Bleeding in the intestinal tract. Contact your veterinarian if your pet vomits blood or has black, tarry or bloody stools)
Liver and kidney toxicity. Notify your veterinarian if pet is lethargic, vomits or refuses food.
It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think you pet has a medical problem or side effect from this product’s therapy
Can this drug be given with other drugs?
Yes, but possible interactions may occur with aspirin, blood thinners, methotrexate, phenylbutazone and probenecid.
If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet eats more than the prescribed amount.
What else should I know?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, ketoprofen should only be given to the dog/cat for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about ketoprofen. If you have any questions or concerns about ketoprofen or for the condition it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.