Ketoprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and cyclooxygenase inhibitor. It is a potent analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory. Ketoprofen is most-commonly prescribed for musculoskeletal pain from soft tissue injury, osteoarthritis or other bone and joint problems. It may be used to reduce or control fevers due to viral or bacterial infections.
Horse Information: Ketoprofen is recommended for the alleviation of inflammation and pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as soft tissue injury, synovitis, and osteoarthritis in horses. Ketoprofen also may be used in the management of colic for protection from bacterial toxins (endotoxemia); however, flunixin meglumine is used more commonly for this purpose.
Dog Information: Ketoprofen is used in dogs for the short-term management of post-surgical pain. On occasion, it may be used for the longer-term management of chronic pain particularly due to osteoarthritis. About 20% of adult dogs are affected with osteoarthritis, which makes management of musculoskeletal pain a major component of companion animal practice.
Dosage and Administration: The recommended dosage is 1 mg/lb (1 ml/100 lbs) of body weight once daily. Treatment is administered by intravenous injection and may be repeated for up to five days. The onset of activity is within two hours with peak response by 12 hours.
Storage: Store below 25C (Air Conditioning) and protect from light.
Trainer Tip: GI-protectant drugs such as misoprostol, cimetidine, omeprazole, ranitidine or sucralfate frequently are included as a part of treatment with any NSAID.