Q. Does using novox 75 mg. For 20 days then stopping it hurt a dog?
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. Novox is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory. This medication needs to be given at appropriate dosage established by your veterinarian and always with food.
Side effects are mainly gastrointestinal (diarrhea and vomiting and possibly gastrointestinal ulcerations) and urological (kidney failure).
In order to be discontinued the dosage does not need to be decreased gradually as with steroids. So it does not hurt your dog to stop the treatment from one day to the next one.
The signs (presumably pain or any kind of inflammation) that you were treating might appear again though.
A. It shouldn't be a concern if your dog is not exhibiting any signs of pain or discomfort. As a NSAID, there is no need to taper it as you would a steroid.