Deracoxib for Dogs

If your dog has ever gone through orthopedic surgery, it is likely that you've given him deracoxib. Also known by the brand name formulation called Deramaxx, this medicine is one of the leading pain relievers, and a great tool for pets that have had surgeries of various types. It can also be used for long term and chronic pain management in other cases as well, although it is much more commonly used in cases of surgery. Read on for a brief overview of how this medicine works and using it for your pet's pain.

Deracoxib Overview

Deracoxib is an example of a anti inflammatory analgesic drug. It belongs to the class of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. NSAIDs work to eliminate inflammation and pain by suppressing the action of a chemical called prostaglandins. When the prostaglandin particles in your pet's body are not allowed to bond with receptor cells, they do not bring about a feeling of pain and resulting inflammation in your pet's system. Therefore, by interfering with these chemicals, deracoxib can help to reduce your pet's pain.

This medicine is specifically designed for use in pets, though you will need to have a vet's prescription in order to give it to your dog. In most cases of surgery, the medicine treatment is begun a few hours before the surgery starts as a way of preempting any pain that may come about. It is then continued for several days after the procedure is done as well.

Using Deracoxib for Your Pet

This medicine is available in chewable tablets of both 25 milligrams and 100 milligrams. The tablets are beef flavored, which is a way that the manufacturers have attempted to make sure that the animals receiving the medicine will readily accept it. The exact dosage of the medicine that you give your pet will be dependent primarily upon how much your dog weighs, although his other health conditions and the nature of the surgery will also play a role. Be sure to follow your vet's instructions for dosing as closely as possible in order to achieve the best results.

Risks and Side Effects of Deracoxib

Deracoxib and other NSAIDs should not be combined with corticosteroids and certain other types of medicines. It's important that you inform your vet of any and all other medicines that your pet is taking before you begin to give him this medicine. Tell your vet about any preexisting health conditions affecting your pet, as these may preclude him from using deracoxib as well.

The most common side effects associated with this medicine include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

If you notice these or any other side effects, it's a good idea to take your pet in to the vet for immediate examination. It's possible that your dog might be experiencing a harmful reaction to the medicine, or that you need to adjust his dose.