13 year old Labrador. Presently taking 100 mg Novox (carprofen) twice daily. Recently has become very lethargic and pants excessively with little exertion. Not eating, but drinking water normally. Climbs stairs very slowly and loses footing on occasion.
Type of Animal: Labrador Retriever
Name of Dog: Goalie
I have not tried any remedies.
Hello there,Have any blood tests been done since he has been on the Novox to check liver and kidney function?How long has he been on the medication?Have any radiographs been taken recently?
No blood tests have been taken.
Urination is normal and not discolored.
He has been on the Novox for 75 days.
No radiographs have been taken.
In a dog this age there is a long list of possible causes for the current symptoms. The Novox should not be given if the dog is not eating or stomach ulcers can develop. Kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, severe arthritic pain, anemia, adrenal gland disorders, diabetes and various cancers are just a few possible causes for the symptoms. Blood tests and radiographs are needed to rule out most of the possible causes. Treatment depends on what is found. The dog may need to stop taking the Novox altogether or a entirely different type of medication may be needed. Surgery is not usually an option in a dog this age so long term oral medications are usually needed. Blood tests would be the first step for sure in this case.
12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.