Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs

Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost
Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

What is Deramaxx Poisoning?

Deramaxx is a brand name version of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Deracoxib, and is used to relieve post-operative pain or pain in canines who are afflicted with osteoarthritis. Although it is generally a safe medication when given as prescribed there is the possibility of serious toxicity if the dog overdoses on a large amount at once, if your dog has a sensitivity to it, or if it reacts to another chemical in the patient’s blood. You should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

Deramaxx is a brand name version of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Deracoxib, designed to relieve pain in canines. NSAIDs have a high level of interactivity with other medications, including herbal remedies.

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Symptoms of Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs

Either a sensitivity to the Deracoxib that the Deramaxx is composed of or an overdose of the substance can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, or heart. 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Black tarry stool
  • Bruising
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive urination 
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting, possibly bloody
  • Weight gain

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Deracoxib/Deramaxx is just one of several NSAID medications available, and each of them has the potential for toxicity if your canine has a sensitivity, if the amount ingested is too high, or if there are any interactions with other drugs. 

These are additional NSAIDs approved by the FDA for use in dogs, and the brand names they are known under.

  • Carprofen (Rimadyl,Novocox,Vetprofen, Carprieve, Quellin, Carprofen)
  • Etodolac (EtoGesic)
  • Firocoxib (Previcox)
  • Meloxicam (Metacam, Loxicom, Orocam, Meloxicam)

These are common over the counter NSAIDs for humans, and a few of the more common brands that use them.

  • Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Naproxen Sodium (Aleve)
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Causes of Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs

NSAIDs like Deramaxx repress the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme stimulates the production of many substances within the body, including the prostaglandins that contribute to pain and inflammation after cell damage has occurred. The repression of the enzyme reduces the amount of pain and inflammation, but it also reduces the other functions of the prostaglandins, such as protecting the stomach lining from acid, maintaining blood flow to the kidneys, and supporting platelet formation. When administered to your pet as prescribed by a veterinarian these medications are relatively safe, however certain circumstances such as overdose, oversensitivity to the drug, or reactions to other drugs, it can become fatal. If your pet develops symptoms of toxicity due to Deramaxx or similar NSAIDs, stop giving the drug and contact your animal’s veterinarian right away. 

Certain patients should not take Deramaxx or should be very closely monitored by the veterinarian. Disorders and conditions that can increase the likelihood of the medication to become detrimental instead of helpful:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Dehydration
  • Gastric ulcers 
  • Hepatic disorders
  • Hyperproteinemia
  • Pregnant or nursing dogs
  • Renal disease

Concurrent use of other NSAIDs or any form of steroids should be avoided as that can increase toxicity.

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Diagnosis of Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs

Your veterinarian will need to get your pet’s full history from you, taking special note of the diet and any opportunistic eating as well any concurrent prescriptions or supplements that your dog is on. A complete blood count, biochemistry profile, and urinalysis are likely to be done at this time as well. This will help determine not only the concentration of the drug in the system, but also the functionality of the kidneys and liver. If due to a reaction from a prescribed administration of Deramaxx, such as use for osteoarthritis or post-operative pain, your veterinarian will likely have taken a baseline test prior to starting treatment to compare the current results to. This will give a clear picture of what changes have occurred since the treatment plan for the pain started. In many cases of Deramaxx toxicity a hospital stay will be required to monitor the patient’s liver and kidney functionality.

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Treatment of Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment for NSAID poisoning, such as you would see from a single overdose of Deramaxx, generally starts with instigating vomiting in the patient or gastric lavage, also known as gastric irrigation, at the veterinarian’s office. This proceedure is done to remove as much of the medication from the digestive system as possible before it can be absorbed into the blood and is usually done under general anesthesia. Activated charcoal will be administered after the the stomach contents are removed to prevent reabsorption of any remaining toxin. Any required supportive treatment will be administered at this time as well. This can include IV fluids, pain medication, and gastro protective medications. The fluids are particularly essential to the patient’s healing as the potential for renal failure can be exacerbated by even mild dehydration. Prognosis of this condition is dependant on the amount eaten, the speed of initial diagnosis and treatment, and the size of the dog.

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Recovery of Deramaxx Poisoning in Dogs

Once your pet has returned home from the hospital a calm and quiet environment to recuperate in will help ensure a speedy recovery. Patients recovering from anesthesia may have difficulty with coordination and muscle control when they first get home, and they are often disoriented. Isolation from other pets and from children is often wise until the anesthesia has fully cleared your companion’s system. Any medications that were prescribed by your veterinarian should be given as directed. It is vital that fresh water be available for your dog at all times as even minor dehydration has a high probability of making the situation worse. Dogs diagnosed with Deramaxx overdose will likely need several follow-up appointments to check their liver and kidney function.

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Deramaxx Poisoning Average Cost

From 63 quotes ranging from $200 - $2,500

Average Cost

$500

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Deramaxx Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Australian Shepherd

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Sixteen Years

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This is stupid, but I wasn't thinking this morning when I was giving him his usual dose of 1 1/2 pill. The pills are 25 mg. I took them by mistake, dummy that I am. I should have no problem should I? I weigh 121 pounds if that helps. Thank you.

July 25, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. You would be surprised how often that happens, and it isn't stupid. I cannot give you medical advice, however, with my license. It would be best to contact your physician and ask if you need to take any actions. I hope that all goes well!

July 25, 2020

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Bruiser

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Golden Retriever cross

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9 Years

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Hi we have just started on half a Deramaxx every 24 hours, but we pay over $6 a pill and I waa wondering is there a cheaper or generic version on this med? Oh and I am in Canada. My dog is 34.6 kg. Thanks

May 15, 2018

Bruiser's Owner

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There are cheaper places to purchase Deramaxx (deracoxib), there are online pharmacies which will sell cheaper than $6 per tablet; PetSmart in the US (not in Canada) will sell 100mg tablets from US$3.10 per tablet (or CA$4,00), there are other options but I am not familiar with Canadian online veterinary pharmacies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petsmart.com/dog/pharmacy/rx-medication/deramaxx-chewable-tablet-for-dogs-5274380.html

May 16, 2018

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