What are the pros and cons of giving my pet pain medications (Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Novox)?

Individual pet reactions to NSAIDs can vary

This is a question many pet guardians often ask, especially as veterinarians may increase the amount of prescription pain medications from short term use to more long term use. Many of these newer pet medications developed in recent years act similarly on our pets’ bodies as they do to similar drugs commonly prescribed to humans for pain, fever, headaches, etc. Although these pet medications can sometimes yield amazing results, it’s important for pet owners to be aware of some of the potential side effects in sensitive dogs, especially when used over a long period of time.

Although the newer NSAIDs are often deemed safer than some of the older ones, like buffered aspirin, individual responses and reactions can indeed vary. Regardless of whether these drugs are being prescribing for short or long term use, a pet owner should always be offered pre-medication blood work to check a CBC, and liver/kidney function to insure there are no preexisting conditions that may increase the chance of reactions. While reactions to newer drugs are rarer than the older ones, severe reactions can still occasionally occur. These reactions can include gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, or vomiting and even liver/kidney complications. If these drugs are used long term, such blood work should be done every 3-6 months.

While it’s important for pet owners to be aware of these possible reactions with NSAIDs, when they’re properly prescribed and adequately monitored, most pets do very well on such prescription pet medications, like Previcox, Rimadyl, Deramaxx and Metacam. Plus, if a condition is chronic, I would always recommend that pet owners and veterinarians explore the use of adjunctive nutritional supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer and other supplements.

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  1. we lost our white german shepard from cancer last year after the vet said he had cancer, he started coughing and his lungs filled with water and the drugs were over $200 aweek we had to put him down after 2 months of suffering and the vet never saw anything on his regular checks, even though we found out he had a heart problem 3 months prior,

  2. Can you give DMG to a cat that is taking Denamarin for elevated ALP levels, or would that be too much? The vet doesn’t feel it’s necessary, but I’ve read so many good things about the supplement.

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    DMG is an excellent economic supplement and can only help. I would recommend it.

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  5. My dog is having joint problems with her back legs and she is on 2 tremedol three times a day, 1 novox twice a day and 1-2 gabapentin twice a day right now. Am i able to give her glucosamine on top of these meds?

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Glucosamine should not be a problem but ask your vet first

  7. Hello!

    I would like to ask, if I can give Vetri DMG to my dog chihuahua (1,4kg) who has GME and he is on prendisolone and imuran treatment for 10 month now.

    Thank you!

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    DMG should NOT be a problem when using pred and immuran

  9. Rimadyl is a deadly poison drug….. Took my St. BERNARD to the vet at 2:30 this afternoon for a bulg in her leg doc said it was osteochondroma which is bone cancer, he told use she has atleast 6-8 months left. Incorrect sir after one pill of rimadyl my dog died today… How does a dog go from being fine at 2:30 this afternoon to dieing at 10:30?? Screw this drug it’s a dog killer….R.I.P. Daisy love you puppy

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