Previcox for dogs suffering with pain
(redirects here from firocoxib)
This article covers the usage of Previcox (popular brand name of firocoxib) for dogs, including dosage, side effects and safety precautions.
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Previcox, also known as firocoxib, is one of many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) used to treat dogs who are suffering with painful conditions. Other drugs of this class includes medications such as carprofen and meloxicam. NSAIDs are often safer for dogs than other pain relief medications and because of this are commonly prescribed by vets. However, they are not perfect by any means, and there have been several cases of pets suffering negative side effects after taking medication of this class. However, it should be noted that in many of these cases this was caused by accidental overdose. Because of the fragile nature of the correct dosage for these medicines, you should practice extra care when giving them to your dog.
Previcox dosage for dogs
Please practice caution when working out the correct dosage for your pet. As with all medicines, especially prescription drugs like Previcox, you will need to take your dog to the vet prior to use. The vet will be able to suggest the correct dosage for your dog and warn you if the drug is not suitable for the situation. Always stick to the guidelines outlined by your vet.
The standard dosage of Previcox for dogs in the treatment of arthritis and/or inflammation is 2.27 mg for every pound your dog weighs to be administered once every 24 hours (once daily) throughout the entire course of treatment. Dosage may vary depending on the issue your dog is suffering with. This medication is typically sold in formulations of 57 mg per tablet and 227 mg per tablet. Pick the most appropriate for your pet. Because this medicine was made specially for dogs, the tablets are sold in chewable form and are very palatable for canines, which means getting your pet to take the drug should be easy. Previcox may be giving to your dog with or without food.
Is Previcox safe for dogs?
Previcox when used exactly as advised by your vet is often a very safe means of pain relief for your furry friend. However, as mentioned earlier there have been several cases reported of pets suffering negative side effects after using NSAID drugs such as Previcox, so it’s important that you talk things over with your vet first in case there are alternatives you could try. It is best to only use this medication on your dog when absolutely necessary to stop him or her suffering. If your dog is suffering with arthritis it is recommended that you try glucosamine or omega-3 fish oil first, as both are safer options and have been proven effective at helping pets with joint pain. Previcox is FDA approved for use in dogs over 7 months of age, you should avoid using firocoxib in dog’s under 7 months old due to numerous severe negative reactions reported in young pups. If you want to be extra sure of your dog’s safety throughout treatment, especially during long-term use, you may opt for regular blood tests. Regular blood tests will help make sure that all of your dog’s levels are within the safe range.
- Notify your vet of all other medication your dog is on
- Notify your vet of all existing diseases which your dog suffers with
- Avoid use in dogs with a known sensitivity to NSAIDs
- Never give to dogs under 7 months of age
- Do not administer with other NSAIDs or steroid-based medicines such as prednisone
Once your dog has been checked over and cleared as a good candidate for NSAID treatment, you should administer the safe dosage of the drug carefully as outlined by your vet. Animals suffering from cardiovascular, liver or kidney disease are at heightened risk of negative side effects, as are animals with bleeding in the stomach (possible with stomach ulcers amongst other conditions) as the medicine affects the blood. Keep the drug out of reach of pets and store at room temperature. Seek veterinary approval before starting treatment.
Uses of Previcox for dogs
Previcox (firocoxib) is effective in the treatment of:
- Severe pain
Previcox is commonly prescribed to dogs for arthritis relief, but may be used to relieve your dog from other causes of pain.
Side effects of giving Previcox to your pet
Side effects of Previcox when administered to dogs includes gastric upset, such as diarrhea, as well as dizziness, insomnia and headaches. More serious side effects of Previcox which require medical attention includes pain in the abdomen, blood in vomit and/or stools, black tarry stools, lack of urination, fatigue, rashes, itching, yellow eyes, unexpected bruising and/or bleeding. You should also remain vigilant in case your dog suffers from an allergic reaction, in these cases seek emergency veterinary care as left untreated severe allergic reactions are very dangerous. Signs of allergy includes difficulty breathing and swelling (particularly around the face and mouth area). If you notice any other unexpected adverse reactions which appear to be affecting your dog, you should always get it checked out.