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RIMADYL (Carprofen) is a member of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that is related to aspirin and ibuprofen. RIMADYL is used to reduce pain and inflammation (soreness) due to chronic arthritis and pain following surgery in dogs. Some symptoms that RIMADYL is used to treat may include...
- limping or lameness
- decreased activity or exercise
- decreased movement of joints
- pain relief following surgery
- RIMADYL is a prescription drug
- FDA approved drug
- Liver-flavored chewable tablets
- Easy to administer non-chewable caplet
- Very effective treatment for joint pains
- RIMADYL is available in different size chewable tablets and caplets
- 25 mg
- 75 mg
- 100 mg
- RIMADYL should not be used in animals that are allergic to...
- other NSAIDs
- Be sure to let your veterinarian know if your pet is pregnant or lactating
- Can cause stomach ulcers
- Notify your veterinarian if your dog suffers from liver disease, kidney disease or a bleeding disorder
- Liver values need to be monitored periodically
• Hip Dysplasia
• Joint Diseases
• Upset Stomach
• Excessive Urination
• Liver Damage
Allergic reactions and more serious side effects
Allergic reactions and more serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or a more serious side effect you should stop RIMADYL treatment and seek veterinary attention. Some common allergic reactions and more serious side effects are...
- bloody stool
- yellowing of skin, gums or skin (jaundice)
- Use as directed by your veterinarian
- Follow the instructions on the prescription label
- Store RIMADYL at room temperature
- Be sure to complete the prescription to ensure a full recovery, even if your pet seems to be improving or unless you consult with your veterinarian
- Duration of administration depends on the condition being treated and the response to the medication and development of any adverse effects
- Should be given with food to prevent upset stomach
- For use in DOGS ONLY
- RIMADYL is not recommended for use in cats
Dosage for DOGS
- 1 mg / pound of body weight
- Given by mouth twice a day
- 2 mg / pound of body weight
- Given by mouth once daily
- In the case of a missed dose of RIMADYL, give it as soon as you remember or just wait until it is time to give the next one. DO NOT GIVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF RIMADYL.
- In the case of an overdose of RIMADYL, seek attention from your veterinarian.
- The following symptoms could be signs of an overdose...
I’m going to go on record and say that RIMADYL (carprofen) has improved the quality of life for geriatric dogs more so than any other drug I have ever used. The testimonials from clients are quite remarkable. Dogs that had stopped playing and could not interact with their caregivers are playing like puppies again. When taking this very effective non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), the pain of osteoarthritis diminishes and off for a run they go! I have actually had people come in to euthanize an older arthritic pet because of its pain and discomfort level, decide to try RIMADYL, and discover their beloved companion bouncing around in the backyard a few days after instituting therapy. All non-steroidal drugs have limitations and concerns, so you must use the product under the direction of your veterinarian. However, when appropriately monitored, RIMADYL is a very effective product whose benefits far outweigh the potential side effects. I have dispensed this drug to thousands of my geriatric patients and have had excellent responses. I have frequently commented to clients that I wish there was a drug as effective for osteoarthritis and pain in people. I would certainly be standing in line to receive my allotment!