Uses of Previcox for Dogs

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Uses of Previcox for Dogs
Previcox is an NSAID medication used to treat pain in dogs. (Beagle, cane image by Buffy1982 from Fotolia.com)

Previcox is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory medication that is in the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other drugs in this classification are ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin. Some NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, should not be prescribed for dogs because they may cause damage to the kidneys. Previcox works by treating pain and inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandins in the body, according to PetPlace.com. Previcox is a prescription medication and must be prescribed for use in dogs by a veterinarian.

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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can cause pain and inflammation in a dog's joints. This condition is often the result of ageing or may be caused by wear and tear on the joints. The symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs may be an altered gait, stiffness, difficulty climbing stairs and refusal to exercise. Dogs with osteoarthritis may also exhibit behavioural and appetite changes due to chronic pain. Prexicox is an NSAID medication that may be prescribed to treat the chronic pain and joint inflammation that is commonly associated with osteoarthritis.

Post-Surgical Pain

Dogs may be prescribed Previcox for pain after surgery. This may include orthopaedic surgery and soft tissue procedures that may cause pain due to inflammation. The recommended dosage of Previcox for post-surgical pain is 5 mg per pound of body weight starting approximately 2 hours before surgery. Previcox may be used for two days after surgery as needed for pain.

Contraindications

Previcox should not be used in dogs with a known sensitivity to the medication. This may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that may require medical attention. Some symptoms of an allergic reaction to NSAIDs may include wheezing, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips and swelling of the tongue. Certain breeds of dogs such as the Labrador retriever may have a sensitivity to NSAID medicines and should not take them. Consult your veterinarian regarding the safety of NSAID medications in your dog. According to Drugs.com, certain medications may interact with Previcox, such as aspirin or corticosteroids, combing Previcox with these medications may increase the risk of bleeding problems in dogs such as ulcers. Previcox should be used with caution in dogs that are dehydrated or have pre-existing conditions such as liver disease or kidney disease. The most common side effects associated with this medication are vomiting and loss of appetite.

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