An Introduction to Deramaxx Pain Medication for Dogs

Deramaxx for dogs is an NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) chewable tablet that is frequently prescribed for dogs suffering from pain and inflammation caused by bone surgery or osteoarthritis. Its active ingredient is deracoxib and is designated for use in dogs only. While prescribed for post surgical pain relief, Deramaxx also achieves results in dogs with osteoarthritic pain too.

Uses of Deramaxx®

Deramaxx is prescribed for dogs who have undergone orthopedic surgery to ease the pain and inflammation caused by the surgical procedure. Easing the pain allows your dog to recover more comfortably.

Deramaxx is also used for dogs suffering from the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease of the joints. While Deramaxx is not a cure for this condition, it does ease the discomfort caused by the disease.

Deramaxx Side Effects

Deramaxx has been known to cause a number of side effects. Most are minor, but if your dog exhibits any negative effects while taking Deramaxx, contact your veterinarian to discuss treatment options. Possible side effects include:

  • Vomiting or other gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Changes in bowel movements such as soft stools or diarrhea or a change in stool color
  • Changes in drinking or urination indicating dehydration
  • Decrease in appetite causing anorexia
  • Changes in personality or behavior, most notable being depression or restlessness

Health Considerations When Using Deramaxx

Because Deramaxx is part of the NSAID group of drugs, there are several concerns that must be taken into consideration. First is that NSAIDS are known for causing kidney and liver damage if used for extended periods of time. Because of this, it is important to limit the length of time your dog is on Deramaxx. While some dogs with osteoarthritis may require occasional dosing to alleviate the discomfort, the veterinarian can identify the lowest dose possible to help control the pain and yet avoid the kidney and liver damage often associated with NSAID use.

Deramaxx should not be used in conjunction with other medications or supplements unless discussed with your veterinarian. This will avoid overdosing, injury to internal organs, negative interactions between drugs or other health issues arising from use of additional drugs.

Do not change the dosage or frequency of Deramaxx tablets unless specified by your veterinarian. This will help prevent any possible complications caused by the drug.

Orthopedic surgery and the osteoarthritis that often leads to it are frequently painful events that make your dog's day to day living uncomfortable, at best. Deramaxx can be an effective tool against the discomfort, but should be used with caution. Watching for any side effects and communicating these changes can help your veterinarian establish the minimum dose necessary to keep your dog comfortable and pain-free without the possible complications of liver or kidney damage. While long-term use is discouraged, for those dogs with osteoarthritis who must occasionally be given Deramaxx, keeping doses as low as possible while still controlling pain will prevent the organ damage associated with frequent NSAID use. Deramaxx, used judiciously, can help your dog live out his years comfortably.