Previcox is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) your vet may prescribe to help ease the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Previcox works by blocking COX-2 (cyctooxygenase-2). COX-2 aids in the production of substances that are primarily responsible for pain and inflammation.
Previcox is specifically formulated for dogs. It's approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in dogs seven weeks of age and over.
What Should I Discuss with My Vet Before Giving Previcox to My Dog?
Tell your veterinarian about any allergic reactions your dog has had to medications, especially to aspirin or non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. Your vet needs to know about all of your dog's other medical problems, including ulcers, bleeding in the stomach, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, bleeding disorders, high blood pressure, fluid retention, and congestive heart failure. Discuss all of the medications your dog is currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements. It's also important for your vet to know if your dog is currently taking any steroid medications, such as methylprednisolone, dexamethasone, prednisolone, or cortisone as Previcox should not be taken with any steroid. Tell your vet if your dog is currently pregnant or nursing.
Consult your veterinarian before you give your dog any over-the-counter or prescription medications while he's on Previcox.
How Do I Give My Dog Previcox?
Give the medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. The medication is typically given in one daily dose. Most dogs will take the Previcox chewable tablet right out of your hand. If your dog doesn't take the tablet from you, you can open his mouth, and place the medication inside it. You can give Previcox with or without food.
What Are the Side Effects of Previcox for Dogs?
Stop giving Previcox and seek immediate medical attention for your dog if he has an allergic reaction to the medication. Signs of an allergic reaction include swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, breathing difficulties, or hives. You should also consult with your veterinarian right away if you notice your dog having any of the following symptoms: stomach pain or discomfort, bloody vomit, bloody, black, or tarry stools, fatigue or lethargy, unexplained weight changes, itching, skin rash, water retention, lack of coordination, seizures, changes in activity level, aggressiveness, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, or abnormal bruising or bleeding as these may be an indication of serious side effects.
Previcox can also cause less serious side effects, including dizziness, insomnia, headaches, diarrhea, or flatulence. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effects your dog experiences.
Which Dogs Should Not Take Previcox?
Dogs who are allergic to firocoxib shouldn't take Previcox as firocoxib is the medication's active ingredient. Dogs who are allergic to or are currently taking aspirin or other non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs shouldn't be given Previcox. Previcox shouldn't be given to dogs weighing less than 12.5 pounds.