Previcox killed my dog

Sadie and her brother were my first two rescues.  At around 8 weeks old, they had been driven out to the country and dumped.  Without exception, I’ve found over the years that nobody around the area wants these dumped or abandoned animals.  Most people won’t even feed them, for fear that the animal won’t leave.  New to the area, and always one to help anyone in need, I took them in.  Our three paths crossing in June 2000 would set the course for my taking in all the future cats and dogs I found discarded in my little corner of the world. Sadie’s tragic death would also be one of the big reasons for this blog.  I’ve made it my mission to warn every person on the planet about the dangers of Previcox (firocoxib) and all the other NSAIDs given without warning to trusting pet parents.

Despite being brother and sister, Sadie and Justin were very different.  Sadie was the happier and sweeter of the two dogs.  To this day, seventeen years and many dogs later, and 3 1/2 years since I lost her, Sadie still reigns as the sweetest dog I’ve ever had the good fortune of finding and rescuing.  Her unwavering happy and gentle temperament towards every person and animal that came along is another reason why her death hurt so bad and continues to hurt so much to this day.  Sadie was special and dogs like her don’t come along every day.

Sadie, who died from Previcox
Sadie. Always happy until the camera came out.

Sadie’s death was easily avoidable.  If only I’d googled the side effects BEFORE I gave her the Previcox (firocoxib).  If only I hadn’t been so trusting of my vet.  Or if I’d gotten Sadie to the vet sooner when she stopped eating.  The ‘If Only’s’ are endless, as is the guilt I will have for the rest of my life.  As they say, live and learn.  I just wish the lesson learnt hadn’t been so harsh.

Being too trusting of my vet

On October 11, 2013, I took Sadie, my 13 1/2-year-old mixed breed dog to the vet after she had a really bad day of hardly being able to get up and around.  She’d been moving slower in her senior years, but nothing I hadn’t been able to help with supplements.  To try to keep both her and Justin, my first senior dogs ever, healthy and with me for as long as possible, I had them on joint supplements, krill oil, ubiquinol, spirugreen superfoods, and liver and kidney support.

I was told at the vet’s office that there was a big storm front coming through and it was affecting a lot of peoples’ arthritis.  The vet gave Sadie a laser treatment and prescribed Previcox (firocoxib), with the instructions “Give her an antacid with it so it doesn’t cause tummy troubles”.  Sounds harmless enough, right?

I brought Sadie home and started giving her the Previcox (firocoxib) sparingly, only as needed on the days she was having an especially hard time getting up from her bed.  I’ll admit, it worked very well for her.  Until it slowly, yet quickly killed her.  After about five random doses, Sadie refused her nightly food and supplement mix.  That’s where the nightmare began.

Over the course of the next few days, Sadie continued to not be interested in eating and just layed around.  I had called the vet’s office to let them know of my concern.  My vet had left early the day I called and the vet tech I talked to did not seem concerned at all and told me to just keep an eye on her.

Meanwhile, Sadie slowly got worse.  She began to have trouble walking and became incontinent.  Justin had recently started having some incontinence issues himself, without taking any Previcox, so I thought maybe it was genetic?  I called the vet’s office a second time, even more worried about how Sadie seemed to be getting worse by the day.  I had to speak with the same vet tech, who again seemed unconcerned with the information I was giving her.

As I was unusually busy during that time getting medical treatment for a shoulder injury I had, and trusting this vet tech, I kept hoping the next day would be the day Sadie started eating again and doing better.  Meanwhile, she continued to go downhill.  After the not eating continued, random laying way out in the yard started and was followed by tarry stools, I called the vet’s office insisting something was wrong and Sadie needed to be seen.

The day we were scheduled to come in, apparently, the vet didn’t want to come back into the office that afternoon, so she had the assistant call and reschedule our appointment for the following morning.  I showed up the next day, November 5th at 8:20 am almost in a panic with a very sick Sadie, only to find that the vet hadn’t even made it into the office yet.

I should have trusted my gut

When I got a call later that morning after the vet had finally made it in and ran Sadie’s bloodwork, I expected it to be bad, but given how nonchalant everyone had been about the whole situation, including the vet herself, I didn’t expect it to be as bad as it was.  The vet told me that Sadie’s bloodwork was off the charts and that she was in kidney failure and had been for a while.  I was furious, scared, and beside myself with guilt.

I had naively believed that my vet wouldn’t prescribe a drug without warning me that it could seriously harm my dog. And telling me to give her an antacid to “prevent any tummy troubles” is NOT what I consider a warning.  I also naively believed that IF the symptoms Sadie was having were really that bad, the vet or the vet tech would have wanted to get Sadie back in right away, instead of me calling twice, being dismissed and rescheduled, and the situation treated like no big deal.

The vet basically told me there was nothing they could do and almost seemed to want permission to just go ahead and kill Sadie.  After having Sadie in their care for an hour, they hadn’t even attempted to help her.  Maybe they already knew that any negative reaction to Previcox was basically a death sentence, so when I called them after she started having symptoms, they just put me off, hoping Sadie would die at home or at least convince me she didn’t need treatment for so long that I would blame myself and not them when the inevitable happened. Neither scenario seems implausible considering how they handled things from start to finish.

Despite the diagnosis, I told the vet to do whatever she could to try to save Sadie and that I did not want to lose her.  I also inquired if taking her to the local vet teaching hospital would be a better option since I thought maybe they had some advanced treatment my vet didn’t know about, have access to, or use.  The vet didn’t think there was anything they could do, either.   Aside from putting her on an IV and possibly a kidney transplant, Sadie’s outlook was grim.

When I started looking online about Previcox and the side effects, I was horrified at all the deaths attributed to it with Sadie’s exact symptoms.  Despite the slim chance of her recovering, but refusing to give up on her, I began searching for anything that would help her kidneys.

In my search, I found a company and product online that looked very promising, but the owner took so long to return my call and e-mail, that it was too late.  Sadie died the next day, November 6, 2013.  And it was all my fault.  Looking back, I made so many mistakes, and let Sadie down so badly as her guardian, it’s embarrassing.

It would be a few years later when a couple of my other dogs were given and attempted to be given the NSAID Deramaxx, that I realized how indiscriminately NSAIDs are being prescribed despite how potentially dangerous they are.  When I was handed the bottle of Deramaxx, I didn’t get a warning of any kind about it from the first vet even though I found several deaths online from it when I did a check.

When the 2nd vet, about 6 months later wanted to give it to my labrador after her pretty serious lipoma surgery that I detailed here, http://savingcatsdogsandcash.com/lipoma-surgery/, I said no.  She was unphased when I told her I’d already lost one dog to a drug (Previcox) in the NSAID family and I wasn’t going to risk losing another one.  She told me how she had patients doing well on it.  I DIDN’T CARE.

After that 2nd incident with Deramaxx, I decided in addition to just telling Sadie’s story in comment sections here and there and to people I met, I needed to start this blog.  It would be my platform to make sure everyone I can possibly reach knows the truth about NSAIDs.  I believe most owners don’t know about the risks or they wouldn’t take them.

The truth about NSAIDs

As awful as the entire experience was and reliving it every time I tell Sadie’s story is, I will continue to for the rest of my life, or as long as Previcox (firocoxib) is still on the market and still injuring and killing dogs.  My anger and loathing of the drug companies only intensified after learning that the human version of Previcox, which went by the name Vioxx, was pulled from the market after killing people.

Despite thousands of dog deaths over the years, I believe Previcox and other NSAIDs like Rimadyl, Metacam, and Deramaxx are still being marketed and sold for animal use because the manufacturers of these deadly NSAIDs and the vets who are prescribing them face no legal or financial repercussions from these drugs killing innocent dogs.  Apparently, the loss of animals’ lives means nothing.  When I called Merial to file the claim on Sadie’s death, the lady I talked to could not have been any colder or cared any less about the situation as I cried through the interview.

I refuse to believe that these vets don’t know about the dangers of the NSAIDs they are prescribing.  The sad part is that the vets who know about Sadie’s death have shown no concern about her death at all, including asking any questions about it.  I can’t even describe how upsetting it is to have lost a dog in such an awful way and the person who you are or have been entrusting your pets’ health with is so dismissive of pretty significant information.  When did veterinarians become so indifferent and money focused instead of patient-focused?  I wrote about several bad experiences I’ve had since Sadie’s death with conventional vets here, The truth about veterinarians

In the midst of Sadie’s ordeal, when I googled Previcox’s side effects, I was shocked to find articles warning about the dangers of NSAIDs and first-hand accounts from distraught owners who lost dogs going as far back as 2006.   Here’s one from September 2006, https://web.archive.org/web/20091225180258/http://www.k911.biz:80/Petsafety/WhyIsFidoDead_PrescriptionDrugsKillingPets.htm that cites “The FDA has released information concerning NSAIDS…..to 22,000 cases of illness in dogs, almost 3,000 of which were fatal.”  I shudder to think what that number is now.  When I looked, I couldn’t even find a number.

I’m sure there is no way to even get an exact number of injuries or deaths from NSAIDs because, in order to get one, the incidents have to be reported through the right channels.  How many deaths or injuries were never reported because the vet denied the NSAID was the cause, or the owner just swallowed the pain and guilt without reporting it to anyone?  Regardless of what that number is though, it is of no consolation when it happens to your dog.

When I presented the information I’d found online to my vet, she feigned ignorance and replied with “I have patients doing very well on it” and “Well, Sadie WAS 13 1/2 years old”.  It made me wonder if she would have cared more if Sadie had been younger.  Unfortunately, I’d read plenty of stories about perfectly healthy much younger dogs that Previcox (firocoxib) had killed after only a few doses or less.  My vet’s attitude about it all just added more disgust to the already awful situation.

The heartbreaking stories are all different but the same 

If you need more convincing about the dangers of Previcox, here are some links to articles and stories that I first found in 2013 (and that are still being contributed to) when I first looked up the side effects.  There is also one on Deramaxx I found in 2016 when one of my other rescues was prescribed it.  I didn’t realize it was an NSAID until I got home and did a google search on it.  Since Sadie’s death, I now google every drug a vet sends me home with before giving it to any of my animals.   I encourage every pet owner to do the same.

https://web.archive.org/web/20100101012831/http://www.k911.biz:80/Petsafety/DeathByPrevicox_RowdysLastVacation.htm

https://thewholedog.com/why-is-fido-dead-prescription-drugs-are-killing-dogs-too/

http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com/2009/12/warning-for-dog-owners-arthritis-pain.html

https://amyknichols.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/deramaxx-killed-my-best-friend/

There are also at least two Facebook pages dedicated to just Previcox, and it killing dogs.  I was a member of one of the groups at one time but eventually left.  It was too heartbreaking reading one story after another, that while different, was the same.  The same NSAID, the same symptoms, the same slow death, followed by immense owner guilt.

I recommend anyone who is on the fence of ever giving their dog an NSAID, to first read some of the stories of those people who would give anything to take back that one mistake that cost them their best friend.  Just google (use the quotes): “<the name of the NSAID> killed my dog” and see how many stories come up under every single NSAID I mentioned in this post.  It should be required reading for vets who prescribe them to read those heartbreaking stories.

Unfortunately, based on my own experience with the reactions of the vets I’ve told about Sadie’s death, something tells me that even if vets knew the dangers, it probably wouldn’t matter to most of them.  Not when they make good money from those drugs or feel the risk is too low to be concerned about.  Maybe it is a combination of reasons, along with the fact that they have no other options in their bag of conventional medicine tricks.  Fortunately for us and our dogs, there are several safer options.

NSAID alternatives

Golden Paste.  This turmeric, fresh ground pepper, and coconut or olive oil mixture has proven quite effective in reducing inflammation in lots of people and pets.  There is a Facebook user page about it as well as a website with all the details that you can read up on here:  http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-recipes-golden-paste/

If making the paste is too much work for you, here is a product that I have not used, but researched enough that I’d feel comfortable trying if the need arose with any of my dogs, http://amzn.to/2tMbei4

T-Relief Arthritis Pain Relief Mobility.  This was formerly known as Zeel by Heel, Inc. before another company bought them out and came out with this supposedly equivalent product:   http://amzn.to/2uK54wf

Dr. Martin Goldstein recommends Zeel in his book, ‘The Nature of Animal Healing’, for arthritis.  In her book, ‘The Royal Treatment’, Dr. Barbara Royal says “A recent German trial showed that the homotoxicology agent Zeel worked as well as the (NSAID) Carprofen for arthritis of the knee…”

Crystal Star Inflama Relief.  I used this on Abby after her lipoma surgery and it worked well for stopping some panting and discomfort she had and a slight limp she developed which could have been related to her surgery.  Just 2-3 doses each on the panting/discomfort and the limp and that’s all she needed.   http://amzn.to/2sq6hYE

Acupuncture.  This is recommended by vets in my holistic pet treatment books and I have read about many happy pet owners who used it to help their arthritic dogs.  I actually have one vet in my extended area that does do acupuncture, so I’d called him before taking Sadie to my regular vet, but he was out of the office and was booked until the following week.  I didn’t want Sadie to have to wait that long for treatment so I went the more conventional route to help her sooner, unfortunately.

Of course, these are just a few possible alternative treatment options.   I didn’t want to warn you about how dangerous NSAIDS are and not give you at least a few alternatives to consider. What works for some does not work for all though, and natural remedies do sometimes take longer to start showing improvement in pets than dangerous conventional pharmaceutical drugs.  However, not risking your pets’ life is worth the time and effort to find a safer way to treat arthritis or other pain related issues.

Dr. Goldstein even says in his book, which I reference often and reviewed here, http://savingcatsdogsandcash.com/pet-care-reference-books-reviewed/  that sometimes homeopathy can address internal imbalances as a side bonus.  It seems that with their long lists of varied ingredients, one never knows how the body will respond to them, sometimes bringing added positive health changes. That’s just another great reason to choose alternative treatments over dangerous NSAIDs.

 

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14 thoughts on “Previcox killed my dog

  1. Thanks for heartfelt story. After killing two of my loving dogs with OTC. deworming ignorance.
    Then witnessing Lakewood Ca. EMT’s kill my wife Janice by overdosing her with O2 against her doctor’s and my explicit [knowledgeable] advice. The nonchalant we “just go by the book” “sorry for you loss” “we don’t have to honor advise & consent restriction”. (He’s right according to SCOTUS.)
    My distrust in iatrogenic profit based “medicine” is at an all-time low.
    Reading the free online book “Your doctor is s liar” could possibly help save you & your pet life.
    Real doctors for thousands of years swore allegiance to godly higher powers, innate knowledge, and God’s natural foods & herbs for medicine.
    Now non-“doctors” allegiance is, compliance with grant based [Standard of “Care”$] pharma “science$” [no more what’s best for the patient] No more safe “un-tested” God’s food for medicine, just toxic pharmaceutical$.’
    Only in a sick Satanic inspired world could the third leading cause of death [250,000 / 800,000] annually be tolerated.
    The more one understands God’s love Vs. Satan’s greed & corruption the better you will understand courted, modern “medicine.” Steve Mitzner Lakewood Ca.

    1. Steve,

      Thank you for reading and commenting about your own experience with your dogs and wife. Your story is heartbreaking. The only way to prevent more of these stories is by educating everyone, especially those who have not had the negative experiences you and I have, about the dangers. They are real and they are dismissed, downplayed, covered up and ignored by people who we trust. Sadly, mostly in the name of greed or just ignorance, which is little solace to the family of the lost loved one.

      Thank you again for sharing your experience and the recommendation for the book. If you would like to name the name of the product that killed your dogs, and/or share your story, which may serve to warn others of the potential dangers, you are more than welcome to do it here. ~ CC

  2. My uncle has used T-Relief Arthritis Pain Relief Mobility on himself and his 12yo St. Bernand. It does take a while to take effect but so far neither of them has shown any side effects like with non-natural remedies.

    Thanks a lot for making this blog. One of my dog’s facing pemphigus had a horrible flare up of scabs due to deworming and now we have decided to keep her vaccine and deworm free for her remaining years. Thankfully she has lived 1 year with no quality of life drop after starting her treatment with prednisone and natural supplements to suppress the side effects. Sometimes it’s just unavoidable to rely on drugs with awful side effects.

    1. Thank you for your comment and sharing your uncle’s success with the T-Relief Arthritis Pain Relief Mobility both on himself and his dog.

      While I do agree that sometimes drugs with side effects are sometimes unavoidable, knowing what they are and being willing to take that risk are different than not knowing at all and being caught off guard by them, especially when death is a side effect. Vets just can’t be trusted to give appropriate warnings, probably because if people really knew them, they wouldn’t want to take the risk with their pets’ health, thus causing the vet to lose out on money.

      In just the last month, I’ve been contacted by two dog owner’s whose Previcox stories were heartbreaking. One owner lost her dog and the other dog, a 21 month old boxer went into kidney failure after being on Previcox for four days. I’ve yet to hear an update on her latest vet visit, but I’m hoping no news is good news.

      As far as your dog’s condition, I had to google pemphigus as I had never heard of it, but after reading it, I wondered if something like vitamin C might help. When I plugged that in, I got some pretty interesting results. Vitamin C, D, Probiotics, and Borax, just to name a few things have seemed to help people (and some pets). I’m not sure if you’ve tried any of those, but they may be worth looking into. Here’s the link, in case you are interested.
      https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&ei=BRpCWpiBGInVjwSPpaDABA&q=%22pemphigus%22vitamin+c%22&oq=%22pemphigus%22vitamin+c%22&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i160k1.268.4642.0.4859.12.12.0.0.0.0.199.1229.8j4.12.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.11.1136…0j35i39k1j0i20i263k1j0i7i30k1j0i67k1j0i20i264k1j0i20i263i264k1j0i10k1j0i22i30k1j0i8i13i30k1.0.9hvO4VgJZjU

      It sounds like a horrible disease. I wish you both the best of luck in managing and hopefully even possibly curing it.

  3. All these reports are the same experience we have had with our Welsh terrier Zak but our so called Vet never once warned us of the side effects of this drug Previcox not once, Zak was an elderly yet very fit dog, he had arthritis (same as me i,m 61)
    So the vet put him on Previcox also a monthly injection Zaks health continued to get worse over a period of 11 months his weight loss was alarming he went from 12 Kg plus to 8Kg and even though the vet examined him every month she just told us he is in OLD MAN MODE !!! one of the main side effects is wieght loss plus not eating or drinking etc etc we were never told of any side effects WE TRUSTED OUR VET !!!!
    I have since learned that Zak should have had a blood test prior to going on Previcox to make sure it was safe for him him ie kidneys etc he never any blood tests at all until i asked for bloods in early December 2017 NOTE — I said to the Vet should we have bloods taken ? she said oh thats a good idea !!!! by then he had been on Previcox 11 months and yes you guessed it the bloods showed Kidney desease/failure in fact in the vets words OFF THE SCALE by this time i was looking into Previcox side effects and i could not believe the reports
    How have i let my Zak be put through this ?? WE TRUSTED OUR VET !!!!
    Then it was the all to familiar answer we need to have him in for 2 to 3 days put him on a drip and revive his Kidneys by this time i had lost all trust in the Vet
    I asked 3 other Vets for there opinion I told them exactly the truth they would only tell me there own particular procedure regarding Previcox
    1) Bloods taken prior to going on Previcox
    2) Bloods taken every 3 months
    We now have a new Vet yes we did have him put on a drip for 3 days but it was to late for him, he did start to improve slightly i Recovery food with a syringe and water I slept with Zak for 7 days lying next to him but he then got worse and we had to have him put to sleep this was the most traumatic thing in our life.
    We are not looking to blame any one Zak was an elderly Dog 14 years and 7 months he never left my wifes side in all those years we gave him a lovely life but i feel we have let him down but
    WE TRUSTED OUR VET !!!!!!!!!!!
    Any one can contact me on 07973408032 you will be most welcome something has to be done about this

    1. Dave,

      I’m SO sorry for you and your wife’s loss of poor Zak! I feel your pain, frustration, and feelings of guilt over letting Zak down. I wish I could say they get better, and they do somewhat, but most of those feelings will never go away.

      If you’ve read my blog, you know I’ve been through a similar downplay of symptoms by two different vets with deadly consequences. One was with Sadie and the Previcox and the other was with Roxie and her UTI that was also cancer. The vet seemed too eager to just write off her symptoms as age-related.

      Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story. Make sure you report it to the manufacturer so they have record of it. Maybe with enough deaths reported, one day this potentially fatal drug will be taken off the market.

  4. I have a very similar story! My pit/akita/lab mix was given Rimadyl and at 6 1/2 passed away from kidney failure on September 1st. As someone who specializes in canine behavior I am devastated that I listened to a vet so blindly! He was my child and I will always have the guilt of not questioning side effects. My goal is now to educate people on the differences of what can be done using herbal medicines, including writing his story in book format. He had come so far behaviorally only to die a horribly painful death. Thank you for writing this blog and warning people!!

    1. Oh Dorothy, I’m SO sorry for your loss! I know how painful the guilt and overwhelming sadness is. It is even more frustrating that these drugs continue to kill our beloved dogs and nobody is held accountable, including our vets, who prescribe these dangerous drugs without hesitation. I am glad to hear that out of this tragedy is another voice and person helping other pet owners look beyond potentially harmful medications to treat their pets.

      Thank you for leaving a comment with your experience to warn others and I wish only the best for you in your new goals.

  5. I arrived here after Googling “Previcox dog deaths.” My 7 year-old Pitbull mix was prescribed Previcox after having knee surgery. I gave her TWO doses. In less than 6 hours after the second dose, she had bloody stool. I was instructed to stop the Previcox by the vet tech, but by then it seems the wheels were set in motion and my dog’s kidneys had begun to fail. She stopped eating. I contacted the surgical center’s urgent care after hours line and took her in less than 48 hours after her last dose. The more I read, the more I am in awe that they did not test her kidneys at that time given the risk and by now surely known side effects of giving dogs NSAIDs. They sent her home with an injection for nausea, and instructed me to give her more pain medication – which I did not do because something just didn’t seem right. I was worried about overloading her system with chemicals and in spite of my concerns of her being in pain after her surgery, I felt at that point the pain might be preferable to whatever side effects she seemed to be having.

    That night, not only did she continue to refuse food – she wet her bed and just laid in it, like she didn’t notice. I Googled side effects of Cerenia, the injection she was given, and fatigue was at the top of the list. I figured she was just really tired, and in pain, and she’d get better the next day.

    She didn’t get better. She continued to soak her bedding in urine and refuse food. After about 36 hours of this, with no improvement, I called my vet and took her in. In a matter of hours, I got the call: my healthy, goofy, sweet girl was in end stage renal failure. Just like that. It was SHOCKING. I want to emphasize that this dog was perfectly healthy prior to her surgery, as indicated by pre-op blood work.

    My vet recommended immediate, aggressive IV fluid therapy. I agreed. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I had to save my dog. I am so grateful I caught it when I did, and my vet – not the surgical center’s weekend hack – was clued in and switched on the way she was. My dog received 24-7 IV fluid treatment from a Monday clear through a Saturday afternoon. We went back and forth all week between our vet and the emergency animal hospital, which provides overnight care. Thank God she responded to the treatment and appears to have made a full recovery.

    We’ll know if her little kidneys have really switched back on after tomorrow’s blood work. So far, so good.

    My heart breaks for everyone here who has lost their beloved dog to a damn drug. While my dog appears to have survived, I had several sleepless and emotional nights considering what life would be like without my dog. I am not sure whom to blame – the surgical center for being so cavalier in prescribing this and two other meds post-procedure, without any discussion of potential risk, or the drug company that continues to make and sell and profit from this stuff, or myself for not asking more questions and for being so blindly trusting.

    Hindsight being 20/20, if I had known KIDNEY FAILURE was a possible side effect, I never would have given this drug to my dog. Or maybe I would have. I would have believed a reaction so severe was too rare to worry about, that the benefits would have outweighed the risk. But AT LEAST I would have been informed of the symptoms, and perhaps I would have demanded bloodwork be done at that urgent care visit.

    I don’t know. What I DO know is I will never again blindly accept and start giving a prescription for anything without first asking all the questions I can think of and researching it and assessing all possible risks associated with it.

    One more time, my heart goes to all of you who lost your innocent buddies to a drug. You thought you were doing the right thing. I thought I was doing the right thing. But we’ve learned a hard lesson – there is a better right thing, and that’s being skeptical and questioning. Drug companies will do what they do. There are great vets (like there are great MDs) out there and then there are those who are worthless, who phone it in (like there are shitty MDs who only write prescriptions). I am sure I’m not alone here when I say something like this won’t ever happen again.

    1. Hi Kim,

      Thank you for sharing your story and what all you went through, including what finally helped your dog make a turnaround. I hope that her tests come back good and you can put this awful nightmare behind you. It was easily one of the worst and most frustrating experiences of my life and one that I will never stop warning other pet owners about. It’s especially disheartening that vets KNOW this drug is dangerous, but refuse to admit it. If pet owners had better/more legal options against these vets and pharmaceutical companies like people who are harmed by drugs do, I think things might change. Unfortunately, since we as pet owners basically just have to swallow the repercussions, as harsh and costly as they may be, we must be extra vigilant in researching ALL medications and their side effects BEFORE we risk so much, including our beloved pets’ lives.

      Thank you again for sharing your experience and thoughts and please give that girl a big hug for me!

  6. First of all I just want to say I am sorry and sad for all of you that went through this horrible ordeal. Unfortunately I went through something similar with my dog, but she reacted to an over the counter supplement called Cholodin. Since this happened to me, I found reviews from other people who’s dogs had a bad reaction (had seizures or died).

    How were any of you able to get past the pain and grief ? I feel particularly bad because I gave my dog the supplement without asking my vet…. so I feel there is no one to blame but me.

    I would really appreciate any feedback on steps you have taken to try to heal from such a horrible, traumatic experience.

    1. Cheri,

      Thank you for your kind words and I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience with Cholodin. Interestingly, when I looked it up on Amazon, I found I had ordered it in 2014 for one of my senior dogs. If I don’t recall it, it must not have been a miracle some found it to be. While I was on Amazon, I did some reading and while most of the reviews I read were positive, the negative ones just basically rated it low because it didn’t help their dog, with the exception of a couple who had terrible side effects. Several mentioned that Cholodin was recommended by their vet, including one person who had a holistic vet medical book.

      I also googled “Cholodin killed my dog” with zero results.

      Here are my thoughts. Based on the fact that I had just lost my dog Sadie to Previcox a few months prior to ordering this, I would not have ordered it unless I felt it was safe and had done some research. From what I read in the reviews, the negative side effects were in 2017 and 2018, which makes me wonder if it wasn’t a bad batch or formula change or something. Regardless, with so very few negative reactions, it is completely understandable that you or anyone else would try this product for your dog. In her book, ‘The Royal Treatment’, which I own, holistic vet Dr. Barbara Royal said she often recommends it. Based on all of the information I found, it sounds like your dog just had a very rare bad reaction.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think you ever completely get over the guilt and pain from such a tragedy. I know I won’t, anyway. What has helped me has been to warn as many people as possible about Previcox and the other NSAID’s and adamantly check every other drug that my pets are prescribed before giving it to them. Your case is different though, in that I don’t see how you could have possibly known about any negative side effects, even with a pretty in-depth research of Cholodin. You definitely weren’t being irresponsible, so please don’t feel that way. You were trying to help your dog and sometimes it just doesn’t work out like we hope. Remember that and focus on your happy memories to get you through those moments of guilt and sadness.

  7. Hi,
    I am so sorry for your experience. It is true there are doctors and vets who are dismissive of the dangers and don’t strive for what’s best for the patient. Thank you for sharing your story and taking the time and effort to provide this information. You have inspired me to forgo the Previcox and focus on natural aids for liver and kidney support and joint inflammation reduction. I am just writing to express my gratitude and sympathy. Keep posting. Sadie’s spirit lives on.

    1. Frocine, thank you for your condolences and kind words. I’m glad you found my post and have decided to forgo Previcox. It’s just not worth the risk in my opinion, given that there are other safe alternatives out there. Many people have very good luck with the golden paste for inflammation and I’ve read a lot in recent years about CBD oil also helping, but my experience with it is very limited, so I’m afraid I can’t give you much direction there. I did write an article on the different products I’ve used for arthritis (since losing Sadie) that you may also find helpful, http://savingcatsdogsandcash.com/treating-arthritis-in-dogs/. Every dog reacts differently to a lot of these treatments, so there is no one size fits all, unfortunately. You may have to try a couple or a few different things, but at the end of the day, at least you know you won’t be risking your dogs’ life. Thanks again for stopping by, letting me know that my article helped, and your kind words and support.

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