Side Effects of Previcox for Dogs

Previcox for dogs is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for canines that weigh over 7 lbs. to help control pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis, joint abnormalities or soft-tissue surgery.

Previcox is a chewable tablet that is easy to break apart for dosing needs.

Signs of Osteoarthritis in Dogs

A dog with arthritis may find normal activities difficult to perform. Canine arthritis is a degenerative disease that can cause pain and stiffness in a dog, which will cause a dog to avoid moving around a lot and seem irritable.

How Previcox Works

Previcox helps relieve pain by not allowing cells to produce the chemicals that trigger inflammation.

Administering Previcox to Dogs

Previcox is to be taken orally by the canine. Taking this medication with food may reduce the chance of stomach or intestinal side effects.

Side Effects of Previcox

The most common side effects of Previcox involve the digestive tract of the canine using the medication. A dog using this drug may have a decreased appetite, may experience weight loss and/or may vomit. Loss of appetite may indicate the development of an ulcer. However, a dog's appetite may also increase while taking Previcox.

Bowel movements may change and a dog could develop constipation, diarrhea, or have blood in their stool. If there is blood in a dog's stool, it will typically look black and tarry, or red.

Jaundice can occur. Symptoms of jaundice include yellowing of the skin, gums or whites of the dog's eyes.

Along with eating patterns changing, so will a dog's water intake. There could be a noticeable change in a dog's urination habits that can become noticeable in the color, smell or frequency.

The dog's skin could also become red, irritated and have noticeable scabs. This may indicate an allergic reaction. Other signs of an allergic reaction include facial swelling, hives, scratching, shock, seizures, cold limbs or coma.

Other side effects can include lethargy, shedding, dizziness or lack of coordination, seizures or behavioral changes.

If a dog does develop any of the side effects mentioned, call your veterinarian immediately.

Taking Previcox with Other Medications

A dog should not take Previcox with other NSAIDs (such as aspirin). This can cause the blood to thin too much or cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.

Previcox should also not be combined with corticosteroids like cortisone, prednisone, etc.

Make sure your vet knows about all the medications your dog is currently taking, including a list of medication your dog has taken in the past, so dangerous drug interactions are avoided.

If your dog has eaten more than the prescribed amount of Previcox, call your veterinarian immediately.

Important Things to Remember

While a dog is taking Previcox, laboratory tests and exams will need to be conducted on occasion. Follow the instructions given by the veterinary and notify him or her if your dog is having an adverse reaction to the medication.

Osteoarthritis or surgery is sometimes unavoidable for dogs, especially when they get older. With the help of Previcox, a canine may be able to enjoy the quality of life it once had. When considering treatment plans for your dog's osteoarthritis or surgery recovery, talk you your veterinarian to see which options would be the most beneficial.