Deramaxx Pain Relief Medication For Dogs

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Read on to learn information about deracoxib (Deramaxx) for dogs, including the correct dosage, safety recommendations, uses of the drug and more.

Deracoxib is the active ingredient of Deramaxx, and is an NSAID type drug useful in the treatment of pain and inflammation, particularly when symptoms are caused by arthritis. It’s also a very common drug used for the control of post-operative pain for dogs undergoing surgery. Other drugs within the NSAID class includes carprofen (better known as Rimadyl). Deramaxx is a prescription drug which varies in dosage so you will need to see your vet before using it.

Deramaxx dosage for dogs

You should discuss the dosage with your vet as it varies depending on the condition being treated and the severity of symptoms. Typically, post-operative dosages range from 1.4 to 1.8 mg/lb body weight as a single daily dose, whilst for controlling arthritis, the dosage usually ranges from 0.45 to 0.91 mg/lb body weight given once a day (24 hour intervals).

For dogs requiring less than 12.5 mg of the substance you should split 12 mg pills in half for 6 mg only. Attempting to split larger pills for such small doses could result in accidental overdose.

Is Deramaxx safe for dogs?

Deramaxx used under veterinary approval and guidance is typically safe, though some dogs have suffered severe adverse reactions. This is a common theme amongst NSAID painkillers, where a minority of pets suffer serious negative sides. Because of the slim chance that your dog will have a bad reaction, you should always monitor him/her very closely for the day following the first administration of the drug.

Safety precautions

  • If your dog needs less than 12.5 mg of the drug, split 12 mg tablets in half. Never try to split larger size pills
  • Consider attempting to treat your dog’s arthritis with glucosamine for dogs before resorting to NSAIDs
  • Notify your vet of any existing conditions your dog suffers with
  • Notify your vet of any other medication your dog is taking
  • Consider avoiding use in pets prone to seizures

Watch your dog very closely if it is the first time he or she has taken an NSAID type drug. If any serious adverse reactions occur you should stop administering the drug and seek immediate veterinary attention. Because of the possibility of causing seizures you may choose to avoid use on dogs who are prone to such effects. Never use Deramaxx without consulting your vet for a prescription and dosage specific to your pet.

Uses of Deramaxx for dogs

Deramaxx is an NSAID type drug most often used for controlling:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation

Most notably associated with arthritis and post-operative care.

Side effects when giving Deramaxx to your dog

Common side effects include gastric upset such as diarrhea/vomiting, and changes in appetite. Other side effects you should notify your vet about includes jaundice, changes in the frequency of urination or water consumption, stomach ulcers, irritated skin, behavioral changes, stomach pain and seizures (particularly in susceptible dogs). You should also be wary of allergy symptoms such as rashes, hives and difficulty breathing.

If at any time your dog appears to suffer serious side effects, you should stop administering the drug and seek veterinary care immediately.

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