What is Dolagis?
Dolagis is the trade name of a medicine licensed for dogs that contains carprofen as its active ingredient. Dolagis for dogs is categorised by the veterinary medicines directorate as a prescription-only medicine. This means that Dolagis can only be supplied from a vet or from an online pet pharmacy with a veteri...
What is Dolagis?
Dolagis is the trade name of a medicine licensed for dogs that contains carprofen as its active ingredient. Dolagis for dogs is categorised by the veterinary medicines directorate as a prescription-only medicine. This means that Dolagis can only be supplied from a vet or from an online pet pharmacy with a veterinary pet prescription.
How does Dolagis work?
Dolagis belongs to a category of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. NSAIDs are very useful medicines as they reduce the production of a group of chemicals known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins formed through the activation of an enzyme known as cyclooxygenase 2 (or COX-2) are involved in processes that can cause pain and inflammation. Dolagis inhibits the activity of the COX-2 enzyme and in doing so reduces much of the pain and discomfort that arises from inflammation. Some prostaglandins however are essential for bodily function, particularly those generated by the action of the COX-1 enzyme. These prostaglandins help support kidney function, are involved with blood clotting mechanisms and also support the health of the gut lining. It is for this reason that dolagis is a selective COX-2 inhibitor and although there is some suppression of COX-1, its main effects are to reduce pain and inflammation.
What is Dolagis used for?
Dolagis is licensed in dogs to help manage pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis. Dolagis for dogs is also used to manage pain following surgery. Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory action, Dolagis for Dogs is an ideal medicine for the control of Arthritis in Dogs. Osteoarthrititis or degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a condition that tends to affect older animals, although can potentially occur at any age. Symptoms of arthritis include lameness, reluctance to jump into the back of the car, or to climb up stairs, swollen and painful joints and sometimes muscle wastage. Symptoms are often particularly more noticeable in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. Many owners describe their dogs as ‘warming into exercise’ as the lameness tends to improve with exercise. Osteoarthritis is occurs when there is a degradation of cartilage and bone, resulting in the formation of new boney projections known as osteophytes. It is the presence of boney resorption alongside evidence of new bone production that your vet will look for on an XRAY to confirm the diagnosis of arthritis. Younger dogs can also experience DJD if they have developed abnormal joints. Diseases such as osteochondrosis can lead to early arthritis in dogs. Osteochondrosis occurs when there is a failure of cartilage (found within joints) to form bone as the dog develops. This causes the cartilage to become thicker and can cause it to fragment or form flaps. These flaps cause inflammation and pain and progress to arthritis. The elbow, knee, ankle and shoulder joints can all be affected. Other developmental problems such as hip dysplasia, or ligament injuries (e.g. cruciate ligament injury) can also lead to early arthritis due to uneven load bearing.
How is Dolagis administered?
Dolagis for Dogs is available in palatable, brown tablet form. The tablets are flavoured to make process of medicating your dog easier.
Tablets containing 50mg Dolagis and 120mg Dolagis are available.
A Veterinary Pet Prescription is Required for Dolagis