Banamine For Dogs: Pain And Inflammation Relief

Read this article for information about the use of Banamine for dogs. You will find details about the dosage for dogs, possible side effects, safety recommendations and more.

Banamine (flunixin) is one of many NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) medicines put to use in pets today. Medication of the NSAID class includes aspirin, naproxen and Rimadyl (which is specially formulated for use in dogs). The medicine works by inhibiting the formation of certain bodily chemicals, in turn reducing inflammation, swelling and even pain. Some sources say it is available over-the-counter, though usually you will require a prescription. In either case, Banamine is a very serious medicine and should never be used without guidance from your vet.

Banamine dosage for dogs

Various dosages are cited for Banamine use in dogs, though commonly the dosage lies within the range of 0.25 to 1.2 mg/lb injected intravenously (into the bloodstream) once daily. Your vet will give you a specific dose. Your vet may decide to split the dosage up so your dog receives smaller doses of the medicine several times a day. Avoid treatment with this drug for sustained periods of time.

There are several forms of Banamine, and the dosage may vary between these different formulations.

Is Banamine safe for dogs?

Banamine is only safe when you are directed to use it and supplied a specific dosage and treatment plan by your vet. You should not use this drug under any other circumstance as incorrect use may have severe negative consequences.

Safety precautions

  • Follow the exact guidelines and recommendations of your vet throughout the entire course of treatment
  • Avoid use in pets with known allergies to NSAIDs such as carprofen or aspirin
  • Notify the vet about all of your pet’s medical conditions
  • Do not administer any other medicine (especially other NSAIDs), supplements or vitamins during treatment unless directed to do so by the vet
  • Complete the entire course of treatment outlined by the vet unless your dog develops any severe side effects

Banamine is a serious medication which should be reserved for use in cases where similar drugs are unsuitable/ineffective. Irresponsible use of Banamine could be life-threatening. Dogs with kidney, liver, blood and heart conditions, or who have stomach ulcers, are at heightened risk.

Uses of Banamine for dogs

Banamine is rarely, but occasionally, administered to dogs to treat:

  • Severe pain
  • Inflammation
  • Fever

Side effects of Banamine use in dogs

Your dog may expect side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and a decrease in appetite. Your dog may also develop kidney problems and stomach ulcers. Banamine is often used in farmyard animals, and it should be noted that there are several cases of horses having fatal reactions to the substance. Be extremely vigilant of symptoms of allergy, which may include troubles breathing, swelling, rashes, hives and collapse. In such cases where severe reactions occur, seek urgent and immediate veterinary care as a matter of emergency.

Aspirin for dogs, a more commonly used NSAID
Generic Wikipedia information about flunixin