Diclofenac is a topical analgesic approved by the FDA to treat joint pain and inflammation in horses. It should help your animal feel better within one to two hours, and is approved to be used for up to ten days. Wearing disposable non-permeable gloves, you apply the gel by rubbing it thoroughly into the hair covering the affected joint. Your veterinarian will probably suggest that you don’t use diclofenac on more than one joint at one time, or spread it over an area larger than a five-inch ribbon, because side effects could occur. Use it only as instructed by your veterinarian.
Diclofenac Gel is labeled for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in tarsal, carpal, metacarpophalangeal, metatarsophalangeal, and proximal interphalangeal (hock, knee, fetlock, pastern) joints for use up to 10 days duration.
Possible Side Effects
Diclofenac Gel appears to be well tolerated in horses.
Drug & Food Interactions
Topical diclofenac should not be used in horses hypersensitive to it or any component of the cream. It has not been evaluated in horses younger than 1 year old.
Exceeding the recommended dosage or treating multiple joints may cause adverse effects.
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