Studies of CanineActiv revealed the following advantages:
- Compared to supplements such as glucosamine, CanineActiv provides faster and more robust pain relief.
- Compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), CanineActiv provides comparable levels of relief, but has no known side effects.
The list of health warnings associated with using ibuprofen & NSAIDs for dogs include the following:
- Can irritate or upset a dog’s stomach.
- Can cause stomach and duodenal ulcers.
- Not recommended for long-term use (such as for osteoarthritis).
- Negative effects on joint cartilage.
- Shouldn’t be given to dogs with bleeding or clotting disorders.
- Should be stopped at least one week before a dog has surgery.
- Should not be used during pregnancy.
- Can lead to an accumulation of dangerous products in the dog’s body.
- Often are prescribed with additional medications (and additional cost) that combat the side effects of the original drug.
- Can cause serious complications if combined with corticosteroids.
- Should not be given to a dog until the dog has preliminary blood work done. (And this blood work should be repeated every 3–6 months as long as the dog continues to take NSAIDs.)
- Can cause liver damage.
- Can cause kidney damage.