In canines, does the oral administration of carprofen, when compared to meloxicam, result in fewer gastrointestinal side effects?
Clinical bottom line
Category of research question
The number and type of study designs reviewed
Three prospective randomised controlled trials were critically reviewed
Strength of evidence
Treatment with carprofen or meloxicam results in no significant difference in gastric lesion scoring, increased intestinal mucosal permeability or diminished small bowel absorptive capacity
There is insufficient evidence supporting preferential administration of carprofen or meloxicam to reduce gastrointestinal side effects
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