Carprofen (Putney/Dechra Brand)


Carprofen is used to relieve minor pain, inflammation associated with arthritis and joint pains, and soft tissue pain from orthopedic surgeries in dogs.

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Carprofen Basics

Carprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) similar to aspirin and ibuprofen, and it is the generic equivalent of the popular pet medication, Rimadyl. This medication is used to treat limping or lameness, decreased activity or exercise, stiffness, decreased movement of joints, and pain following surgery. Like other NSAIDs, it works by inhibiting the formation of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals in the body that promote inflammation, pain, and fever, increase blood clotting, and protect the lining of the stomach from damaging acids.

Carprofen requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It is available as a caplet or as a chewable tablet.

Carprofen Directions

Most importantly, always use this medication as directed by your veterinarian, and follow the instructions printed on the prescription label.  Complete the entire prescription to ensure a full recovery unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and development of any adverse effects. In addition, be sure to give this medication with food to prevent upset stomach. Finally, store at room temperature, protected from light and moisture.

Carprofen Warnings

Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Do not use in cats. Do not use this medication in in animals that are allergic to carprofen, aspirin, or other NSAIDs. Use with caution if your pet is pregnant or lactating. This medication can cause stomach ulcers. Notify your veterinarian before use if your dog suffers from liver disease, kidney disease, or a bleeding disorder. Your veterinarian will want to monitor your pet’s liver values periodically while administering this drug. In the case of a missed dose, give it as soon as you remember or wait until it is time to give the next dose. Do not give a double dose of this medication. Lastly, if you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while giving carprofen, contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you have any additional questions regarding this product, please contact us at (877)220-6337. A member of our pharmacy staff will be happy to assist you!

Additional information


Caplet, Chewable Tablet

Prescription Strength

25mg, 75mg, 100mg

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