Are you worried about your furry friend’s pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis or postoperative procedures? Look no further! Katten TrimSalon presents Previcox®, an FDA-approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) prescription medication. Read on to discover how Previcox® can help your dog and provide the much-needed relief they deserve.
What is Previcox®?
Previcox® is a game-changer when it comes to pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. It is also effective in controlling postoperative pain and inflammation related to soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery. This medication is prescribed by veterinarians and offers relief to pets in need.
Interestingly, Previcox® can also be used off-label to control fevers and inflammation caused by other conditions. Off-label use means using a medication in a way or for a species not specified on the label. While veterinarians may recommend off-label use, it’s crucial to consult them to determine if Previcox® is the right fit for your dog.
How Does Previcox® Work?
Previcox® is a selective NSAID classified as a COX-2 inhibitor. Like other NSAIDs, it targets the COX-2 pathway in the body, reducing the production of natural chemicals responsible for triggering inflammation. By doing so, Previcox® not only relieves pain but also lowers fever.
What sets Previcox® apart is its selectivity for the COX-2 pathway while sparing the COX-1 pathway, which plays a vital role in digestion, kidney health, and blood clotting. This selectivity minimizes side effects compared to traditional NSAIDs. However, it’s essential to note that at high doses, Previcox® can still partially interfere with these beneficial chemicals. Thus, always follow your veterinarian’s directions precisely.
When it comes to administering Previcox®, follow the directions on the drug label or as provided by your trusted veterinarian. While dosages may vary based on the prescription, Previcox® is generally given once daily by mouth at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response.
To prevent digestive system upset, consider giving this medication with food. However, please note that Previcox® cannot be accurately dosed in dogs weighing less than 12.5 pounds.
If you accidentally miss a dose, consult your veterinarian for guidance. Typically, they may advise you to administer the missed dose when you remember. If the next dose is almost due, they might recommend skipping the missed dose and resuming the normal dosing schedule. Remember, in most cases, it’s best to avoid giving extra or double doses.
Possible Side Effects
Previcox® is generally well tolerated by dogs. However, like any medication, it may come with some possible side effects. Keep an eye out for the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Bloody vomiting or diarrhea (black tarry stool)
- Fatigue (lethargy)
- Change in thirst or urination
- Jaundice (yellowing of gums, skin, or eyes)
- Elevated heart rate
- General itchiness
If you observe any signs of intolerance, discontinue Previcox® immediately and contact your veterinarian. It’s important to note that serious adverse reactions can occur without warning, although they are rare. Seeking timely veterinary care is crucial to help your furry companion recover from any drug-related adverse reactions.
Human Side Effects
Please remember that Previcox® is exclusively for veterinary use and should not be used in humans. In case of accidental ingestion, call your physician or the national Poison Control Center hotline at 800-222-1222.
Monitoring and When to Contact Your Vet
Depending on your dog’s individual needs, your veterinarian may recommend specific monitoring or routine testing while your dog is on Previcox®. It’s essential to establish hematological and serum baseline data before and periodically during the administration of any NSAID.
Contact your veterinarian if:
- You notice severe side effects (as mentioned above)
- Your dog’s condition worsens or does not improve with treatment
- You suspect an overdose
- You have additional questions or concerns about Previcox® usage
Previcox® Overdose Information
Although Previcox® is generally safe, an overdose can lead to certain symptoms such as decreased appetite, vomiting, black tarry stool, increased heart rate, fatigue (lethargy), kidney failure, and seizures. The severity of symptoms depends on the overdose’s intensity.
If you suspect an overdose, it is crucial to contact your veterinarian immediately, seek emergency veterinary care, or reach out to an animal poison control center. Remember, consultation fees may apply.
- Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435
Proper Storage of Previcox®
To maintain the effectiveness of Previcox®, follow the storage instructions on the medication label. Ideally, store it between 59-86 F, but brief exposure to temperatures up to 104 F is acceptable. Remember to keep the container tightly closed to protect the medication from moisture and light.
Keep Previcox® out of reach of children and pets as an added safety precaution.
Frequently Asked Questions about Previcox®
Here are some commonly asked questions about Previcox®:
Q: Is Previcox® safe for long-term use?
A: Previcox® can be used long-term, but the lowest effective dose should always be maintained, and regular monitoring is recommended.
Q: Can Previcox® be given to puppies?
A: Previcox® is only approved for use in dogs older than 7 months.
Q: Are there any breed-specific concerns related to Previcox® usage?
A: Previcox® can generally be used in different dog breeds. However, certain breeds, such as Boxers, may have increased sensitivity to NSAIDs, so consult your veterinarian for personalized advice.
Q: Can Previcox® be used alongside other medications?
A: Always inform your veterinarian about any medications your dog is taking to ensure there are no adverse interactions.
For more information or if you have any additional questions about Previcox®, consult your trusted veterinarian. Remember, your pet’s health is our priority.
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