The Uses of Deramaxx for Dogs

Deramaxx for dogs can be used in pets that suffer from arthritic pain. The medication can be an efficient anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, so it may also be used after surgery or when the dog is experiencing pain.

Deramaxx for Dogs

Deramaxx is a prescription drug that is typically applied in dogs with arthritis. Deramaxx contains among its active ingredients a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (deracoxib). The drug should be administered only if recommended by the vet and the dog should be under supervision.

The Uses of Deramaxx for Dogs

Containing an efficient NSAID, Deramaxx can be applied to reduce swelling and pain. In addition to arthritis, Deramaxx can also be used in:

  • Muscle inflammation and pain
  • Inflammation of the cartilage
  • Post surgery pain, especially if the surgery was performed on the bones or joints

Effects of Deramaxx for Dogs

Deramaxx will efficiently reduce pain, when administered post surgery, but will not cure arthritis. When administered for arthritis, the treatment will have to be permanent, because the medication will only reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The dog will start experiencing pain once the treatment is discontinued. The dog should be more mobile during his treatment with Deramaxx, because his joints will not be as stiff as before. The dog is likely to limp less.

Deramaxx Dosage

Deramaxx is a prescription medication that will be recommended by the vet in a certain dose, according to the dog's condition. You should never change the dosage, not even if the dog is in great pain and you notice joint swelling.

Deramaxx Side Effects

Just like all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, Deramaxx will have a few side effects which are not limited to:

  • Stomach upset, vomiting and soft stools
  • Polydipsia, or an increased consumption of liquids
  • Polyuria, or more frequent urination
  • Lack of appetite and weight loss
  • Irritation
  • Lethargy

These side effects are likely to occur when Deramaxx is administered for arthritis, because the treatment will be needed for the long term. In some dogs, the drug may also cause stomach ulcers and even liver and kidney damage. If you notice abnormal symptoms in your pet, you need to consult the vet and see if there are abnormal test results.


Deramaxx cannot be combined with the following medications:

  • Any NSAIDS (i.e., aspirin)
  • Corticosteroids such as prednisone, because there can be major side effects

You should let the veterinarian doctor know if your pet is taking any drugs or has taken drugs in the past few weeks, because certain substances can accumulate in the pet's body and interact with Deramaxx, even if administered weeks apart.

Let your vet know even if your pet is taking any herbal supplements or homeopathic dilutions.

Deramaxx should be given with caution to dogs with:

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Anorexia
  • Allergic reactions to NSAIDs