- Rimadyl is available by prescription only.
- Rimadyl is used in dogs to reduce pain and inflammation due to chronic arthritis or pain.
- Rimadyl is used to treat...
- decreased activity or exercise
- decreased movement of joints
- pain relief following surgery
- Rimadyl (Carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) that is related to aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Like other NSAIDs, Rimadyl works by inhibiting the formation of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals in the body that promote inflammation, pain, and fever, increase blood clotting, and protect the lining of the stomach from damaging acids.
- Rimadyl is available in...
- liver-flavored chewable tablets
- Rimadyl is available in three different sizes of chewable tablets and caplets
- Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
- Rimadyl is not intended for human use.
- Do not use Rimadyl in animals with known allergies to...
- Be sure to let your veterinarian know if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
- Rimadyl use 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 while using Rimadyl.
- Use as directed by your veterinarian.
- Follow the instructions printed on the prescription label.
- Store Rimadyl at room temperature.
- Complete the prescription, even if your pet seems to be improving, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian.
- Give Rimadyl with food to prevent upset stomach.
- Rimadyl is not recommended for use in cats.
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!
If you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while giving Rimadyl, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Allergic Reactions and Serious Side Effects
- Allergic reactions and serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or a serious side effect you should stop Rimadyl treatment and seek veterinary attention.
- Common allergic reactions and serious side effects are...
- yellowing of skin, gums or skin (jaundice)