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CVM’s NSAID Brochure Available Through GSA Center

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2007 Volume XXII, No VI

Veterinarians and consumers can get printed copies of the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s brochure about the safe use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in dogs through the GSA Federal Citizen Information Center in Pueblo, CO, CVM announced in January.

The brochure, “Treating Pain in Your Dog: Keeping Your Best Friend Active, Safe, and Pain Free,” is available as single copies or in quantities of 100. They can be ordered free of charge on line at the Federal Citizen Information Center.

“The NSAID brochure is a great resource for veterinarians who prescribe NSAIDs to their dog patients,” according to Dr. Ann Stohlman, a veterinarian in CVM’s Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation. “It explains the benefits as well as the side effects of NSAIDs. It will enhance communication between the dog owner and veterinarian and make for safer use of NSAIDs.”

NSAIDs are effective pain relief drugs used in dogs. They are used to control the pain of osteoarthritis, and some vet-erinary NSAIDs are approved for the control of post-operative pain in dogs. However, as with all commonly prescribed veterinary drugs, the use of NSAIDs does carry some risk to the health of the dog. Owners should be aware of the poten-tial problems NSAIDs can cause. The brochure describes the benefits of NSAIDS, potential problems, and the steps dog owners can take to protect the health of their pets.

The GSA Information Center disseminates information to the public in print, over the phone, via e-mail, or on the Web.