What are the Different Uses of Deramaxx® for Dogs?

Debra Durkee

Deramaxx® is a prescription medication for dogs. It is typically used to control the pain associated with the development of osteoarthritis in older dogs. In some cases, it can also be used to manage the pain from inflammation in other types of orthopedic problems.

Deramaxx might ease the pain of walking for dogs with osteoarthritis.
Deramaxx might ease the pain of walking for dogs with osteoarthritis.

When older dogs begin to develop osteoarthritis, joints become inflamed and swollen. This can make it painful to walk and maintain normal, everyday activities. Osteoarthritis can also make nights long and restless, as the pain in the joints can make it difficult for the dog to get comfortable throughout an entire night's sleep. Using Deramaxx® for dogs with osteoarthritis can help alleviate some of the pain and inflammation of this condition.

Deramaxx can be administered to dogs prior to undergoing surgery.
Deramaxx can be administered to dogs prior to undergoing surgery.

A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, the medication has been found to be safe for use over a long period of time. Older dogs on this medication can continue taking it for the duration of their lives, and it will continue to provide relief without the body building up a tolerance for it. Deramaxx® for dogs works by preventing the production of some of the chemicals that trigger the painful inflammation of joints. These chemicals are called prostaglandins; the way in which Deramaxx® functions in dogs is similar to the way over the counter pain relievers like aspirin work in humans.

A veterinarian may also prescribe Deramaxx® for dogs who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. This is typically done in conjunction with other forms of treatment, and can help manage pain for the dog. Administration of the medication for this condition often depends on the type and stage of the cancer.

In some cases, the medication can also be used for dogs about to undergo surgery. Administered before, after and during the surgery by a veterinarian in a clinical setting, it can help alleviate pain and relieve inflammation from the surgery. Deramaxx® for dogs is less frequently used for this, however, and more commonly for management of the degenerative form of arthritis.

As it is given in tablet form, Deramaxx® can be more difficult to dose properly than a liquid medication. It is also possible that side effects may develop with administration of the medication, and as a precaution, a veterinarian will generally not prescribe it for an animal already taking a number of other medications. Dogs with decreased kidney function or a pre-existing liver condition are also typically not candidates for therapy with Deramaxx®.

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