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Deramaxx Under Scrutiny for Use With Dogs

Thanks to CBS4Denver.com for this update in Deramaxx. Dog Owner Continue To Cite Problems With Deramaxx Brian Maass Reporting (CBS4) DENVER The popular dog drug...

Joy  |  Sep 28th 2006


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Thanks to CBS4Denver.com for this update in Deramaxx.

Dog Owner Continue To Cite Problems With Deramaxx

Brian Maass
Reporting

(CBS4) DENVER The popular dog drug Deramaxx continues to generate controversy in Colorado and across the country four years after its introduction. Some dog owners are saying the drug has frightening side effects.

Deramaxx is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug designed to help with osteoarthritis and other chronic pains in dogs. Many veterinarians have sworn by the drug since its introduction four years ago, despite some potentially fatal side effects.

Many dog owners say they were not properly informed of the negative effects associated with administering Deramaxx to their pets until after they noticed behavioral changes.

Tina Maly of Littleton started giving her dog, Baxter, Deramaxx after the dog developed a limp in his left front leg two years ago. She says the drug had immediate side effects.

“I guess the aggression was the scariest part for me because he had never shown any signs of aggression,” Maly said.

Baxter is not alone. As of last month, the Food and Drug Administration concluded that another 3,600 dogs have experienced adverse reactions to the drug, ranging from vomiting to partial blindness.

Many veterinarians, like Dr. Tony Henderson of Lakewood, say if the drug is used properly with dogs that have been appropriately screened, it can be a “go to” drug.

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