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Celebrex (active ingredient Celecoxib) is primarily taken to reduce symptoms of arthritis.
Are you thinking of using a leftover supply to help ease your dog’s aches and pains?
Let’s start by pointing out something key:
Despite this pharmaceutical being a relatively new COX-2 NSAID, Celebrex comes with a host of potentially adverse effects. Even for humans, some of these can be quite serious.
For your dog’s sake, we’ll provide factual reasons to avoid taking it upon yourself to give this nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Celebrex Is Not Recommended For Dogs
That is, unless your vet approves of its use and provides you with detailed guidance.
We asked Sara Redding Ochoa (DVM) for some solutions to canine arthritis and she offered the following advice:
“Look into glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. They are effective and safe to give to your dog daily. Omega-3 fatty acids can also greatly help improve joints.”
Animals Most At Risk
Pregnant dogs are especially vulnerable to harm from Celecoxib.
And besides canines expecting puppies, dogs with ulcers (or those prone to bleeding) are poor candidates for Celebrex.
But that’s not all…
Does your buddy have a pre-existing heart condition? If so, Celecoxib can cause a stroke.
FYI: You also have to consider drug interactions. Kidneys could be at risk!
Dangerous Dog Dosing
So make no mistake about it…
You could harm your dog with Celebrex (with any dose). Obviously the more you give, the more damage you could be doing.
Take a close look at this Canadian study.
One finding was that gastrointestinal (GI) injury in rats and dogs occurred at “higher exposures” of the drug.
Chronic Canine Gastritis
You should also be aware of another study that evaluated the effects of Celecoxib and Meloxicam on dogs with hip osteoarthritis.
Basically the results were fairly positive in that Celebrex did reduce pain, but chronic gastritis was a common result. In fact, diarrhea was the most prevalent symptom.
Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot recommend any dose.
Several factors need to go into dosing a dog for Celebrex. Again, only a veterinarian can advise you on this.
Play it safe. Avoid poisoning your precious pet!
A Few Worrying Signs
Is your dog already taking Celebrex?
If so, you must be on the lookout for the following:
- Blood in the stool
- Behavioral changes
- Trouble breathing
- Lack of appetite (anorexia, hyporexia)
- Lack of energy (lethargy)
Discontinue use of the drug if you notice any of these easy to spot side effects.
Internal bleeding is another very real concern.
It is very important to closely watch over your dog while on a medication such as Celebrex.
The Bottom Line
Do not give your dog Celebrex.
This drug should be off limits and going against this advice is dangerous!
Talk to your vet about alternatives to Celebrex for your dog’s pain problems. They’ll very likely present you with better and safer options.