Relieving your dog’s pain with Deramaxx pet meds

Deramaxx can help relieve your dog's pain caused by arthritis or surgical procedures

In recent years, there have been many newer non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) available in reducing pain and discomfort for our dogs. Sometimes this pain is associated with dental or surgical procedures, while other times it is with acute orthopedic/back problems or more chronic degenerative joint diseases and arthritis. Unlike many earlier drugs of its class including aspirin, and other prescription NSAIDs, Deramaxx functions in blocking what are known as Cox 2 enzymes.

These enzymes are believed to be involved in inflammation and pain in arthritic joints, while sparing Cox 1 enzymes in the body, which are necessary for many normal bodily functions. Pain relief can often be dramatic, usually within 48 to 72 hours. A similar drug recently available called Previcox also is a Cox 2 inhibitor and many veterinarians will often choose one or the other as a first choice in pain relief in the situations mentioned here. No generic currently exists for Dermaxx.

While side effects are less with these newer Cox 2 inhibitor drugs, I still strongly recommend that veterinarians run blood first as a baseline before using this product, particularly long term, as well as periodically every 3-6 months if a pet stays on this drug long term.

Occasional side effects can involve digestive tract upset (i.e vomiting, diarrhea) and bleeding, as well as rare liver/kidney side effects. However, in the vast majority of cases, most dogs tolerate this medicine very well. If your pet is on other medications, particularly Proin, hormonal medications like insulin, or cardiac medications like Furosemide or Enalapril, there can be occasional drug interactions with Deramaxx which should be discussed with your veterinarian. I also never use drugs like Deramaxx when a pet is on another NSAID or aspirin, as well as if a pet is on Prednisone, as side effect risk is significantly increased.

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