Is Novox Safe for Dogs?

Novox is the brand name of Carprofen, one of the most commonly used medications to treat pain and inflammation in dogs. A dog owner is asking whether this popular medication killed his dog. This article will discuss the potential danger of Novox for dogs.

Novox Killed My Dog

“My dog suddenly fell ill after taking his second dose of Novox for the day. He was diagnosed with kidney failure and died three days later. His death was a complete shock to me, as he was only ten years old and had been very healthy prior to this incident. I suspected that Novox had killed him.”

“My dog was prescribed Novox for inflammation in his hips. A blood test before the prescription showed that he did not have any kidney problems, but within days of taking Novox, he had an elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level and creatinine level, indicating kidney failure. The vet tried to blame it on old age (my dog was 10 years old), but I knew better since my dog had been healthy up until then.”

Can Novox put a dog to sleep?

Novox is one of the most popular generic carprofen products. It is used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for dogs. Any drug can be toxic if used incorrectly or given in too high a dose. The same is true with Novox.

The most common side effects reported with Novox are vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and lethargy. Other adverse reactions that have been reported with NSAIDs are liver and kidney damage and gastrointestinal ulcers.

Novox should not be used in pets that are allergic to it or other NSAIDs. It should also not be used in animals with bleeding disorders or peptic ulcer disease.

Novox should not be given to dogs with a history of gastrointestinal ulcers or bleeding disorders. It should also not be given to dogs who are already taking other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or anticoagulants.

Rarely, Novox can cause liver failure and pancreatitis in dogs.

What happens if I give my dog too much Novox?

Novox has a wide margin of safety when given at the correct dose, but a dog can potentially overdose on Novox if too much is given at once. Symptoms of an overdose include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, depression, and bleeding from the nose or mouth. If your dog is showing these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Is Novox bad for dogs?

Novox is well tolerated by most dogs, but some may experience gastrointestinal ulcers or perforations if given at high doses or for long periods of time. This risk is increased in dogs with kidney problems or who have previously had gastrointestinal problems. Signs to look out for include vomiting, diarrhea, or blood in the vomit or stool.

Other adverse reactions include changes in appetite and weight gain or loss; changes in behavior; excessive thirst; fluid retention (edema); kidney failure; and decreased red blood cells. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, stop giving Novox and contact your veterinarian immediately.

How long does Novox stay in a dog’s system?

Novox has an elimination half-life of about eight hours, so it remains in your dog’s system for about 8 to 12 hours after administration. That means you should give your dog Novox every 12 hours or so as prescribed by your veterinarian.

Can I give my dog Benadryl with Novox?

You can give your dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with Novox (Carprofen). These medications are safe to take together at their recommended doses.

Before giving your dog Benadryl with Novox, make sure you understand the proper dosage based on your dog’s weight and medical condition.

Do not give more than one NSAID at the same time unless your veterinarian tells you to do so. Certain medications may interact with Novox and increase the risk of side effects, so tell your veterinarian if you are giving any other drugs, including vitamins and supplements, to your dog.

Should Novox be given with food?

Yes. Novox® (carprofen) may be given with or without food. If Novox upsets your pet’s stomach, try giving it with food. If you see no improvement, contact your veterinarian.

Novox reviews

A number of reviewers say their dog is more playful and energetic after taking Novox, others say it’s helped with joint pain, alleviated arthritis symptoms, and helped reduce inflammation. Several reviewers mention that their dogs were already on other medications that weren’t working, but that Novox made a big difference. Many reviewers also say they like the price of the item and that it’s economical to use.

A few reviewers say their dog didn’t have any response to the medication or that it has some side effects, such as increased thirst or urination. One reviewer says their dog had an allergic reaction to the medication.

“I have a 12-year-old lab and for the past 6 months, he has been limping on his front leg. The vet was not able to give me anything that would make him feel better until I tried Novox. He is back to being healthy again! This medicine really works!”

“I have an 8-year-old golden with arthritis. He absolutely loves running and jumping and playing. Unfortunately, it’s been causing him severe pain from carrying too much weight and damage to his joints. So I’ve had to put him on medication to help him out. I tried Rimadyl for about 2 months but it didn’t really seem to help alleviate the pain much. Then I tried Novox, twice daily and he’s doing great! He’s more active than ever, bounding around like a puppy! It’s also a lot less expensive than Rimadyl so that’s a plus too.”

“I had a dog, named Lacy. She was a 14-year-old, Lhasa Apso. She was my friend and I loved her very much. Unfortunately, she developed arthritis, which caused her great pain. Since I didn’t want to put her down, I decided to try Novox. The first two years on Novox were great! Lacy had no side effects at all. Then came the third year, my dog started behaving strangely. She began to act more and more aggressive towards other dogs and even towards me sometimes when I would try to pet her or show affection towards her. She was also more aggressive towards strangers, which is something that she had never been before in her life.”

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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