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Drugs & Your Neapolitan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Cinciripini   

There are of course times in any dogs life when a course of medication is necessary, however all too often dog owners fail to understand or question what is given to their Neapolitan. As a parent to your Neapolitan Mastiff you have the right to ask what and why a particular drug is being given/prescribed. In particular the Neo seems to be sensitive to anesthesia, although no formal research has been done to link the Neapolitan to anesthetic sensitivity there is a consensus among Neapolitan breeders that the breed should be treated as high risk.

Other than anesthetic, there does not seem to be a particular breed sensitivity to any other drug. However, given the fact that the Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy dog and most medications are dosed by the weight of the animal; it is prudent to be aware of the potential side effects of any drug you administer to your neapolitan.

Should your Neapolitan have an unfortunate drug reaction please take the time to report it !

In the United States, the FDA/CVM keeps track of drug reactions by drug and breed of dog. Although you may feel that your case is just one case over time if a pattern develops it could lead to helping the entire Neapolitan Mastiff Population.


Some commonly prescribed drugs to be weary of:
  • Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) such as Deramaxx, Previcox, Rimadyl and Metacam.

NSAIDS can be very beneficial to dogs suffering from joint injuries, OCD, HD, recovering from surgeries and experience growing pains. They can however come with serious, life threatening side effects. Depending on the nature of the injury or condition being treated with the NSAID, some natural alternative anti-inflammatory treatments include: Adequan or Boswellia.

- A brief consumer report about potential NSAID side effect WBZTV.com

- Dogs Adverse Reactions. com DOGS

  • Baytril

Baytril is a very powerful antibiotic and effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria and disease. Baytil is also proven to cause serious bone lesions in young dogs, should NEVER be used in growing mastiffs or pregnant dogs! Adult use is relatively safe.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2008 21:36