Major Uses

Deracoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is most commonly used for pain management in dogs. This drug is used to treat and control pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery and can also be used as part of a plan for chronic pain management. In some cases, Deracoxib is administered before surgical procedures and is then typically continued for a six day period.

Common Precautions

Side effects most commonly associated with Deracoxib are vomiting and anorexia.

Deracoxib should not be administered in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug. Deracoxib should not be used in animals under the age of four months or animals weighing less than four pounds. Deracoxib should be used with caution in animals with heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and animals that are pregnant or nursing. Deracoxib may interact with other medications. This should be discussed with a veterinarian. Deracoxib has not been approved for use in cats. Emergency veterinary care should be sought if an animal experiences any unusual symptoms.


Deracoxib tablets should be stored at room temperature.


Deracoxib is available in 25 mg and 100 mg tablets.

A typical dose range for Deracoxib in dogs is 1-2 mg/kg PO once a day as needed for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Dose may vary in different species, when the drug is given by a different route or concurrently with other medications, and with regards to a patient's age, breed, and health status. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.

If a dose is missed, it should be administered as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the subsequent dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular administration schedule resumed. Two doses of Deracoxib for eyes should not be administered at the same time.

This information is for general reference only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any condition of your pet. It's intended as a general reference, this information may not include all possible uses, precautions, directions, reactions (including allergic), drug interactions, or withdrawal times. Always consult your local veterinarian and have your pet examined for any advice concerning the diagnosis and treatment of your pet, including which products and doses are most appropriate. Any trademarks are the property of their respective owners. VetDepot is not a pharmacy. All prescription products are dispensed by our Pharmacy Partner. Article last updated 2/2014.