Originally Posted by alaskayorkie
It's just so scary knowing it's affecting his liver when all I'm doing it for is pain relief.
Scary and frustrating. Dogs' systems seem to be so sensitive to medications.
NSAIDs can have side effects for humans too, but my dad takes Advil twice daily for his old age aches and pains. He has been doing it for a few years with no negative effect on his liver, kidneys, or heart.
You could ask your vet if a milk thistle supplement would help. Dogs who are on meds that are hard on the liver, like phenobarbital for seizures, sometimes benefit from milk thistle. I don't know if there is any downside to the supplement.