NSAIDs are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and are the most popular pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Alleve), although more have come on the market.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is NOT a NSAID, as it does nothing to reduce inflammation or pain from inflammation. Never give acetaminophen to a dog (or cat).
While most dogs can take some ‘human’ or OTC (Over The Counter) anti-inflammatories, they should never be long-term without the advise of your veterinarian. The problem with giving human anti-inflammatories for dogs is that dogs’ bodies take much longer to break down the chemicals, making them at a much higher risk for toxicity. And cats take even longer to break down NSAIDs, which is why you should NEVER give NSAIDs to a feline without veterinarian advise – it is too easy to over-medicate.
Watch the video below to see some of the problems that can occur when dogs take human anti-inflammatory medicines. Keep in mind, that many problems can be helped with natural supplements for pain relief.