RIMADYL Ressources

Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 018550/002.

Names and composition

"RIMADYL" is the commercial name of a drug composed of CARPROFEN.

Answered questions

What is blood work when on Rimadyl for?
Btw, H, thanks so much for the Costco info. I didn't realize you can use the pharmacy without a membership. That's great and I'll definitely look into it. Asked by Donella Strike 6 months ago.

Does it cause gastrointestinal problems the same as it does in people? My vet is going to keep my dog on it for a month and then wants to get blood work before she'll let me order it online. I just wondered what they're checking for since she told me he'll need regular blood work when on it. My dog's always been otherwise healthy. Answered by Annabelle Fitcheard 6 months ago.

H, yes they told me about the blood work before I even started looking online. The reason I looked online was because my dog has to be on it long-term. A lot of client's at my vet's use online pharmacies according to the girl from the office who called me back, and I don't think they have any problem at all with people trying to do things cheaper. I thought this was just a standard test but if there's potential for any side effects like that, I'd rather check regularly to make sure he's healthy. Answered by Joslyn Pencak 6 months ago.

Rimadyl can cause liver damage and so they check to make sure that your dogs liver is healthy. My vet has prescribed Rimadyl for my dog with no blood work done. I think your vet is probably upset that you aren't buying it from him and so they are making you pay for blood work. If you have a Costco near you, they have a complete Pharmacy in the store that carries all dog medications and it is far cheaper than buying it online. You do not need to be a member of Costco to use the pharmacy. Anyone can use it. My dog has arthritis now. He's 14. I got 20 pills, not Rimadyl but something like it that is safer for older dogs for $8.31. They said that if this works for him I can get 100 pills for just over $13.00. The more you buy the cheaper it is. I wonder if you bought the Rimadyl from the vet would they force you to get blood work done. If you have an older dog, maybe, but if you have a younger dog, I doubt it. The med that I got for my dog would have cost me $25.00 from the vet. I got it for $8.31 at Costco. Vets are notorious for charging an arm and a leg for meds. Anyway, the blood work will check for liver enzymes to make sure that the liver is healthy enough for the med. Answered by Nohemi Vallot 6 months ago.

There is a small possibility of kidney or liver damage. It's better to do bloodwork periodically when a dog's on it so that if there are any early signs of it, the dog can be taken off the Rimadyl before there's a major problem. Again, it's not common but it is possible. Yes, it also can cause gastro problems just like people. Make sure you always give it with food. Some dogs can be on it long term with no problems, others can't tolerate it long at all (like people). I used to have a girl that worked for me and at her "time of the month", she would take THREE 800mg ibuprofens at the same time (2400mg!!!!!) and never had the slightest problem. Answered by Jewel Hammed 6 months ago.

Why did they give my dog RIMADYL?
My dog had surgery and they gave her rimadyl after the surgery. She died 3 days later. She allready had trauma on her liver. I have bin reading on the internet that dogs die from this medicin. does anybody used this and why did they gave this to her . She had a flail chest with some broken ribs. What can I do? Asked by Jeannine Steenrod 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is quite frequently used without complications. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that is used to manage discomfort. I have used it for many years on many, many dogs and have run into countless people who have used it without any problems other than an upset stomach such as vomiting or diarrhea which is the only side effect I have ever run across. The internet is NOT the place to be doing research on veterinary treatment unless you have the background to differentiate the good information from the bad- there is a LOT of bad information out there. If your dog had flail chest with broken ribs along with trauma to her liver I would be much more likely to suspect that it was the injuries that killed your dog as flail lung is quite serious and life threatening- a significant number of people who suffer from injuries that cause flail lung die as it also coincides with pulmonary contusions. Additionally any injury to the liver can be life threatening. Frankly- it sounds like your dog suffered a serious trauma-you don't say how- I'm suspecting a hit by a car? While I feel badly that your dog died it is much more likely to have been a result of the traumas your dog suffered rather than the Rimadyl. Answered by Sydney Pettus 6 months ago.

Ok, are you saying the dog had liver problems before the surgery? If so, then the Rimadyl did not cause the liver problem. Rimadyl affects the liver over time not in 3 days. Sounds like your dog was hit by a car or something and that is why it died. Answered by Bernardina Petitto 6 months ago.

She had *trauma* on her liver. It was not diseased. Sounds like she was hit by a car? Giving a does of Rimadyl does nothing to the liver. Given over years it can affect this organ. That is why my Lab who takes Rimadyl, has a blood test every 6 months. Your dog did not die from the Rimadyl. It died from serious injuries. I am very sorry for your loss. Answered by Virgil Gamber 6 months ago.

You can mourn the loss of your dog. Rimadyl doesn't always cause liver damage, so there's no reason to believe they are responsible for her death. For the few dogs who do suffer liver damage from Rimadyl, it takes time and more than just a few doses to do that. Many dogs never have any problems from this medication. Your dog died of the trauma to her liver and the broken ribs. She did NOT die because of the Rimadyl, which is a good medicine to give for pain. -!- Answered by Dominique Kaul 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is a anti-inflammatory drug (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). It can have complications with the liver but I doubt it would do it in three days, even if she already had trauma to the liver. I don't really know what initial trauma your dog had although if enough trauma happened and there was extensive bruising sometimes that bruising releases bad things into the body causing the animal to no longer keep up with the actual effects. Answered by Latrisha Asselin 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is a pain reliever. Your dog did not die from Rimadyl. The Vet wanted to use a very safe medication to relieve your dog's pain. My dog has been on Rimadyl for almost 5 years straight, every single day, for Hip Dysplasia and doing quite well, in fact. I'm sorry for your loss, but it wan't the short term use of Rimadyl that caused death. Answered by Andy Bistodeau 6 months ago.

There can be significant side effects from Rimadyl. However if she recently had a surgical procedure she did require post-op pains meds. Adverse side effects occur after long-term use not three days time. Perhaps she passed from something resulting from the surgical procedure. I am sorry for your loss but I would not blame the Rimadyl. Answered by Heath Macbean 6 months ago.

My dog has been on Rimadyl many times post surgery and now my elderly dog is on it for pain relief from her arthritis. None of my dogs have ever had any sort of bad reaction to the drug so unless she was allergic to the drug, it was likely a complication from the surgery that caused her to pass away. And unless you told the vet that she had previous liver damage, there is no way they would have known this from a chest surgery. Answered by Natashia Etherton 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is a pain reliever. Sounds like those were painful injuries. I'm sorry you lost your dog but hopefully the Rimadyl meant that she didn't die in pain. Answered by See Pruyn 6 months ago.

Normally rimadyl is given to a dog to help treat pain and sometimes for joint pain. Answered by Rebekah Whiles 6 months ago.

The Side effects of Rimadyl on a 2yr old recently neutered dog?
My dog was neutered Feb. 19, 10, he was given Rimadyl for pain to be taken twice a day beginning on th 20th when I picked him up that a.m. He was starving when we got him home so I gave him some Little Ceasers dog food and 1 Rimadyl. He seemed fine. That night he got his 2nd dose of the Rimadyl later in the night... Asked by Morris Nurthen 6 months ago.

My dog was neutered Feb. 19, 10, he was given Rimadyl for pain to be taken twice a day beginning on th 20th when I picked him up that a.m. He was starving when we got him home so I gave him some Little Ceasers dog food and 1 Rimadyl. He seemed fine. That night he got his 2nd dose of the Rimadyl later in the night he began throwing up all through the night. I the next morning he refused to eat I gave him another pill and he threw it up and threw up all that day. I took him to the vet on Monday and he said not to give him any more of the Rimadyl, and not to feed him at all that day and to give him chicken and rice only the next day. I looked online and found out how horrible Rimadyl is for dogs and that the vet should have informed me of the warnings, he didn't He seemed to be doing alright now this morning he is throwing up yellow foamy stuff again but he seems fine. My question is how long do the side effects of taking the Rimadyl last and could this a.m.'s vomiting be because the med is still in his system? Also what can I do to get it out of his system? Answered by Kendra Virani 6 months ago.

Rimadyl Side Effects Answered by Particia Trank 6 months ago.

My 2 year old staffy x lab Joey was neutered. When he came home Monday he was to take half a Rimadyl starting Tuesday. I was not told about what he should be fed, I got a bottle with 3 tablets in to take half over the next 6 days then back to the vets on Monday. No leaflet, just a bottle stating "Take one half daily". Joey didn't really want to chew these tablets but I told him to... And like the good boy he is.. He listened and reluctantly did so. Wednesday night came and it was early hours of Thursday morning.. 2 and a half days after starting Rimadyl... It was half 2 in the morning.. He was being violently sick so I let him out the back yard to the toilet.. Everything just started pouring out of his back end. He was shaking, his legs tensing up, not himself at all. He would sit by my feet for comfort in the house and every time he stood up blood was gushing from his back end. I actually feared Parvo! My auntie came and got me and took me to an emergency vets where they...(cont) Answered by Veronika Channel 6 months ago.

Rimadyl and similar medications frighted me. Rimadyl belongs to a group of medications known as NSAIDS. After an op the vet should have told you to give your dog a light diet. If he actually needed pain killers he could have prescribed something that does not produce nasty side effects. Years ago I had wonderful vets who cared, unfortunately they retired and now we have vets who are just interested in profit. For now and for the next few days you should give your dog several tiny light meals a day. The following is what old fashioned and caring vet used to suggest for a light diet after an operation. Boil fish or chicken, remove the skin and bones, mince or chop this and mix with soggy rice. (soggy rice is overcooked rice using extra water) Or scramble eggs in water, never use milk or butter. Even a healthy dog has problems digesting cow’s milk. When a dog is recovering from diarrhoea, has other health issues or after surgery a light diet is important. The dog should be given five very small meals a day for several days consisting of the above. When it is ready for its normal food, just small amount of this should be given and it should have several small meals a day. EDIT. Leigh, Rimadyl is not a safe drug, it causes internal bleeding and kidney failure. Thankfully the askers dog has had limited exposure to this and it should be OK. Drug companies produce drugs for profit without any regard for our dogs. Yes NSAIDS can help with some problems, however ultimately wth long term use dogs die. Answered by Roberto Piker 6 months ago.

We had a 7 year old staffordshire bull terrier very fit and healthy gave her Rimidyl for rear leg tendon pain and she was dead a week later. Our friends had a 9 year old Lab same story, she lived a bit longer but in reality she just suffered more. If my current dog has pain i give her half an aspirin. Answered by Wilhelmina Reiche 6 months ago.

I agree with everything that Leigh posted. Our dog has been on Rimadyl twice daily, everyday, for a little over 4 years for Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis. She is doing GREAT! (She has blood testing every 6 months.) Answered by Joe Brion 6 months ago.

ALL drugs have the potential for side effects. Rimadyl is a VERY safe drug that has been used for years. Rather than looking online for information from the uninformed, you can look at actual medical evidence from drug trials (even read the information on the Rimadyl website). I've been using this drug for years with NO problems. If your dog is throwing up yellow foamy stuff (bile), it's more likely that it's happening because the dog is hungry. You were surely told NOT to feed your dog the night that you brought him home, but you did it anyway. The reason not to feed him? Vomiting. He didn't eat after that, and you gave him medication on an empty stomach. Of course he vomited again! I truly don't think this is at all related to Rimadyl, but to being fed too soon after surgery and being given a drug on an empty stomach. EDIT: ALL NSAIDS have the potential of causing gastro. bleeding , especially if taken in excess or for prolonged periods. Rimadyl is much LESS likely to cause this than others. Evidence of widespread liver and kidney failure is lacking. The rumor of epidemic organ failure comes from a study of Labrador Retrievers when the drug was newer to the market. A subsequent study showed that Labradors NOT on Rimadyl experienced organ failure at the same rates as Labradors that were on it...leading the research to conclude that the Labradors themselves were more prone to organ failure, and that the drug was not contributing. Most vets continue to perform organ function testing to be safe (Creatine, BUN, Liver Enzymes), testing before first administration, after 2 weeks on the drug, and yearly thereafter. Kidney damage due to Rimadyl is most often caused by overdose (the dog getting into an entire bottle or the owner overdosing. A SMALL number of pets may experience toxicity due to the dog being abnormally susceptible to the side effects of the drug-MOST dogs will tolerate the drug without any side effects at all. The ACTUAL number of deaths attributed to Rimadyl is .02% (two per 10,000 using it). Of those 2 per 10000, 70% are geriatric (who may have an underlying cause contributing to toxicity, such as cardiac, hepatic or renal disease). Other potential side effects include possible changes in behavior, bowel habits, appetite, skin, drinking and urination habits, vomiting and jaundice. Rimadyl is one of the least likely of NSAIDS available to dogs to cause kidney damage or gastrointestinal bleeding. It is one of the SAFER NSAIDS available for veterinary use. I stand by my statement that the drug is safe 100%, I have done MUCH research on this because of my own dogs that take it (I, too, was concerned after reading unfounded internet hype about it). I choose to get my information about the drug from clinical sources, and I encourage this question's asker to do the same. She shouldn't be trusting hysterical rants found on some websites (and there are lots of them out there) about the dangers of it, she should be looking for factual information from people who know what they're talking about. I stand by my theory that the most likely reason for upset in her dog is feeding too soon after anesthesia and dosing on an empty stomach. I am not a vet, however, and the asker should defer to her vet for medical advice. One thing I can state for certain: NO drug is 100% safe. Not one. We must weigh benefit vs. risk. The benefits of Rimadyl far outweigh the risks (I'd rather risk organ failure in my dog with dysplasia than see her in pain from her condition). I choose this drug because it is the safest alternative for her. Answered by Madeleine Shisler 6 months ago.

DS: Any of you have experience with Rimadyl?
Ava - Something did actually. You can read about it on the Flickr group... Asked by Donella Meritt 6 months ago.

Chihuahua Addicts dogs got liver disease from rimadyl. Rimadyl and metacam are hard on the organs, I think rimadyl would be better than metacam, but if your dog is dying you have nothing left to use. I don't like rimadyl, but did use it on a dog that was dying, since I had nothing left to loose and it did help him. I would not recommend it for a young dog. I had an idiot vet that tried to tell my rimadyl was candy for dogs and I should give it to Andy when he was just a puppy. Andy was never diagnosed with anything, but she wanted me to give him this dangerous med because according to her it was candy for dogs. This is why we all have to educate ourselves, sometimes vets really are idiots and our dogs pay the price for their stupidity. Answered by Charla Ishman 6 months ago.

My old dog was on Rimadyl for arthritis pain. It seemed to help her a lot & she never had any problems. There is a user here who I know had negative experiences with Rimadyl... I believe it was ChiGirl. I will star in hopes she sees it to give you some additional perspective. Add: I hope nothing happened to Chuckles or Sampson... :( Add: Oh no! I'll go check it out. Answered by Juliana Stephenson 6 months ago.

We took in an elderly GSD who 3years later required massive surgery. The vet sent us home with ABs and Rimadyl. On her first day of meds, my SO gave her the doses, and then put them on the coffee table (it was a struggle getting them into her, so he was absent-minded about sitting them down and forgot to put them up). I came home from lunch to see one of my pugs vomitting. When I realized he had eaten 25 GSD sized Rimadyl, I grabbed the bottle of Sonne's #7 bentonite clay, gave him about a tablespoon, and rushed him to the vet. They put him on IVs and monitored him with blood tests, waiting for his liver to crash. Between the pug vomitting up a good portion of it and the bentonite clay pulling it back out of his system, we were fortunately able to avoid the liver crashing. The vet is still scratching his head, though - he doesn't really understand the bentonite and how it works. Answered by Karima Habermehl 6 months ago.

My dogs have had Rimadyl on and off in fact one has been on it for the last 2 weeks and no ill affects with it i have heard it can cause problems but this is a widely prescribed drug in the UK Answered by Connie Brett 6 months ago.

Our 7 1/2 year old Bulldog has been on Rimadyl for 4 1/2 years for Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis. She gets blood tested every six months and is doing great. Since I'm not that great with the computer, I don't even know what the Flickr group is. Can you please email me and tell me what this is all about. I hope it's nothing bad. Answered by Dale Berczel 6 months ago.

My GSD was on it after getting a tooth pulled and she did fine but it was short term as I don't trust long term use for this medication.I use baby aspirin for her hip dysplaysia..no problems Answered by Meaghan Steurer 6 months ago.

I have used rimadyl in my own dogs and have seen it used in many others. Yes like any other medication, there can be side effects and/or death in certain individuals but those are very rare when you see the statistics. However that doesn't help if it's your dog that had the adverse side effect. I've used it routinely on a couple of my older dogs for years to alleviate the pain of arthritis so that they could live a wonderful relatively pain free life. I have used it short term in my dogs after surgery and the occasional muscle strain or lameness caused from running. My dogs have never had a problem with it. We prescribe a lot of it at the vet hospital where I work at for both surgical pain and chronic pain. For dogs on long term therapy (rimadyl given once or twice daily for more than one month) we require blood work every 6 months to assess the liver and kidney function. Yes over the past 10-12 years we have seen a couple of dogs go into liver failure with it. However we see more adverse reactions with other pain medications like aspirin that the owners give without our knowledge. You need to watch for lack of energy, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. You will need to call your vet if you notice these signs. I like rimadyl and the other NSAIDs. It has helped many dogs to live longer happier lives. I remember when the only things available to help with pain in dogs was aspirin and cortical steroids. Now those can cause some side effects. Prednisone and dexamethasone can really have some long term side effects. There are other pain medications that are becoming more routinely used in dogs. These include gabapentin and tramadol. Answered by Cheryle Smuin 6 months ago.

Zeke was on Rimadyl for about a month when he was 9-10 months old. He had panosteitis. As far as I recall, he did fine on it. It was just EXPENSIVE. Answered by Omega Filsaime 6 months ago.

Well, if your name is any indication, I don't know why you're asking this question. Seems like you know all you want to know about Rimadyl. Here's the thing. I have a 14 year old dog with arthritis. And cancer. The reality is - she's not going to be with us for very much longer. So, if it doesn't matter which kills her the cancer or liver failure, well, I opt for cheap poison that keeps her pain free. I still have a difficult decision a head of me, but until that day, I get a little more time with her. Answered by Shenna Tody 6 months ago.

How long for Rimadyl to take effect in my dog?
He has been on it a week, but I see no difference. He is 11 years old. Does it sometimes not work? His back legs go out on him sometimes when he is walking and he falls down. He has trouble going up stairs. Going down stairs, he drags his hind legs down the stairs. Asked by Tommy Rodenbough 6 months ago.

Rimadyl® is a NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), the same class as such common over-the-counter remedies as Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen), Orudis (ketoprofen), and Aspirin. The chief use for such drugs in the dog has been pain relief, usually joint pain or post-surgical pain relief. It is not a curative medication, in that it won't allow him to reestablish healthy joints. You will want to speak to your veterinarian about alternative perscriptions for joint health. At this point he shouldn't be on stairs at all - if he must use stairs please use a sling to assist him up and down. You can use a towel or if he's a small breed a leash, under the loin and hold both ends to aid him in walking. Just as a note there are I'm including some information on the drug itself: While Rimadyl®-related adverse effects are reported to occur shortly after drug initiation, long-term use may result in a higher risk for adverse effects. A substantial portion of dogs receive Rimadyl® continuously for more than 30 days. NSAIDs as a pharmaceutical class are commonly associated with adverse affects on a variety of body systems, particularly the gastrointestinal system. Adverse effects on the kidney and liver have also been documented. Older dogs in general may be more susceptible to carprofen-related adverse effects. Hopefully you'll see some improvement with continued care. Answered by Gladys Rishell 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is used to treat inflammation. Perhaps that is not the problem your dog is having...? It sounds more neurological than musculoskeletal to me. (however, having not seen the dog I really can't say much) If it's been a week it should have had some effect by now. Call your vet and let them know it's not working. They can reassess him. Answered by Jaymie Deshazer 6 months ago.

have you researched rimadyl? i alwys used to just do what my vet said............til my dog nearly died. now, i question everything, and do my own research. so google rimadyl if you haven't already, and decide if it is something you really want to give him. in the meantime, you should be giving him glucosamine (cosequin is the canine formulation ) and plenty of cod liver oil and flax seed oil. if he is overweight, put him on a diet. my dog takes prescription tramadol for the pain, much less dangerous side effects, (and also much cheaper than rimadyl.) i hope he gets better. it's so hard to watch our dogs grow old, and not know how much they hurt. i feel for you. Answered by Gita Poisson 6 months ago.

Your unfortunate pooch has severe arthritis by the sounds of it in his rear end. Unfortunately Rimadyl may only have a very mild affect (if any at all) given how bad he sounds. One of my dogs when I was much younger than I am know, unfortunately got to this stage. She was ten and was doing the same - dragging herself. Her rear end had lost al strength to carry itself. I give you his info, as you may have to do what I did. And, that is to consider your dogs ultimate welfare and spare him any more pain. It is a very difficult thing to say and even harder to do. I wish you nothing but good luck with your bet friend. Answered by Deidre Tent 6 months ago.

You should see it within 24 hours, 48 at the very most. If it's been a week, then it's either not enough or there's something else going on. Answered by Zula Boisuert 6 months ago.

Which is better...Zubrin or Rimadyl?
I have a 13 yr. old lab who has Hip Dysplasia and needs pain relief. So, if you have had any experience with either of these (good or bad) let me know. I want what's best for him. Asked by Yong Lotthammer 6 months ago.

I use a product called duralactin. My dog was on rimadyl but i was concerned with the side affects and tried the duralactin on the advice of one of the suppliers. She has now been on it 3 years and is doing wonderfully. It is non prescription and no side effects. I highly recommend trying it. But there is like a 2week time period to get optimal results then you use it regularly (i do 1/2 pill twice a day) for continued relief. I will say though my dog was only 2 when the vet started her on rimadyl so i was very concerned about what would happen to her liver by the time she was 5 or 6. But with an older dog the toxicity may not be as much of an issue. Rimadyl did work well at relieving her pain while she was on it. Good luck! Answered by Leanna Tsang 6 months ago.

Rimadyl works very well. Sometimes after a prolonged period of time, a switch may be necessary, but it's a good drug for this case. Other useful things to know is that swimming is an excellent exercise for arthritic animals and Adequan can be very beneficial as well. If you choose to try the Adequan, it can be pricey, but it is very effective and offers serious relief. Do plan to do the entire 8 week injection series and do not expect to notice any difference till towards the end of the 8 injections. Arthritic dogs seem to grace my life. All have benefited greatly from both the Adequan, the Rimadyl and swimming. In addition, keep weight down as excessive pounds aggravates the condition. Glucosemine also is beneficial and safe. I get the OTC just for doggies. Answered by Theresa Novakovich 6 months ago.

i too have an dirty old lab who is very dysplastic, Maggie is 11, i have used both rimadyl and zubrin. i have tried many nsaids and i found that she does best on Deramaxx. ps i am a veterinary technician so i have tried many nsaids with Maggie even Previcox but she like i stated does best with deramaxx, but between the rimadyl and zubrin i would go with rimadyl Answered by Hwa Latulipe 6 months ago.

Most NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are really pretty similar in their efficacy. Most try to claim their product is more selective for the enzyme that is thought to contribute to inflammation (Cox-2) but the jury is out on which is really better. However, some animals will respond better to one product than another (kind of like how my headaches laugh at everything but Exedrin but my friend is fine with Aspirin). I've seen both used for chronic pain in dogs with similar results. Whichever one your vet likes will probably be fine and if you don't feel that it's giving you the results you and your vet expect, trying another brand might help. Previcox is another drug that I've seen in the hospitals. Answered by Mickey Rodas 6 months ago.

Zubrin For Dogs Answered by Mandi Bridgham 6 months ago.

Arthritis care for dogs other than rimadyl?
8 yo lab with arthritis. on rimadyl for 6-7 weeks. slight change. thinking of trying drs. fosters and smith joint care supplement. any thoughts on dogs with arthritis and managing it so they can take daily walks again? she can only make it 5 houses on the street and then turn around becasue her hind leg are stiff... Asked by Blanch Demastus 6 months ago.

8 yo lab with arthritis. on rimadyl for 6-7 weeks. slight change. thinking of trying drs. fosters and smith joint care supplement. any thoughts on dogs with arthritis and managing it so they can take daily walks again? she can only make it 5 houses on the street and then turn around becasue her hind leg are stiff by that point. Answered by Dawn Tessmer 6 months ago.

Rimadyl does not kill dogs when used properly, but it is not good for those with liver issues, and over time, can CAUSE liver issues. It is also dangerous if it is overdosed and requires hospitalization. There are other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs you can get from your vet. There are literally dozens of them that are used for minor joint pain. Using aspirin long term is not usually recommended because it can cause anemia in some patients. Human meds like Tylenol are almost never recommended because they can cause toxicity issues in pets. There are supplements that can be used. You have to keep in mind that there are pain relievers, and drugs that attempt to keep joints lubricated. You cannot buy pain relievers unless you go to a vet, but things like glucosamine and cosequin or even shark cartilage are used to supprt joints and keep them lubricated. This can assist in pain relief because the joints are healthier, but if your dog is in enough pain where he refuses to get up, then an NSAID might be better. Ask your vet what is the best option. He may tell you to use a supplement and keep an NSAID around just in case your pet is in pain, but does not need it every day. Answered by Rosario Broyle 6 months ago.

My Harley is a 10 y.o. lab Mix, weighs 70 lbs. He has been on Foster Smiths Joint Care 3 for about 6 months (not sure why i changed to 3 .I think I wanted to switch to be sure he got all the stuff he needed). He was on JC 2 before and when we first started it (he kept injuring his front shoulder playing, etc), I swear it was like someone gave him a happy shot. We noticed (and it never went away until recently) he seemed happier, and had more energy and we did not see the front leg injury hardly at all any more.Not sure how well it works for all, but it has definately helped him. Now, we've moved and have laminate floors. He has since injured himself falling so many times (he just can't master these floors). Only this time he's fallen on his back hips too many times that he was practically living on the counch. He's never had back hip issue's until now. We've gotten some throw rugs but he still has had trouble getting up. We did a rimadyl treatment for 2 weeks straight (I wanted xrays but vet said hold off) and he has done better while doing 2 week of pain meds. vet says he "might" have to live on pain meds (we moved and have a new vet-ah). Due to our finances we've run out of Foster Smith Joint Care 3, but I am ordering more this week. The biggest bottle I can get. Am thinking about more rimadyl unless she thinks it'd be good to keep something else on hand for when he appears to be hurting.anyway, try the Foster Smith stuff. Thanks for letting me share. Answered by Keila Brougher 6 months ago.

My nine-year-old Saint Bernard had both hips replaced (yes, replaced) before she was two because of hip dysplasia. She also has a plate in her knee and had an OCD lesion in her shoulder. Naturally, all those joints became arthritic. Rimadyl did just about nothing for her. Then we found Duralactin. As the name suggests, it is milk-based. She is also taking Cosequin. She is now at a very advanced age for a Saint but is able to run, play, and take walks without problems. Ask your vet about Duralactin and Cosequin. But different meds have different effects on different dogs - keep looking until you find what works! Answered by Earlie Baldauf 6 months ago.

You can usually help with arthritis in older dogs by giving them fish oil one pill daily. Just squeeze one pill into his food every day. Now dogs have a hard time digesting fish oil but it does help them with arthritis. So in order to help them digest it you give them a Vitamin E pill three times a week. Like MAnswered by Steven Mendoca 6 months ago.

www.paw4pets.com If you aren't in Australia, I suggest you talk to the vet about neutraceuticals that can be used instead of NSAIDs (like Rimadyl) Increase her levels of Omega 3's (not 6's) and ensure she is on a premium food. Might also add that natural supplements containing Shark Cartilage are almost useless. Yes, shark cartilage has high levels of chondroitin in it, but it is LESS than 4% absorbable. You are much better off using a chondroitin/glucosamine supplement that is derrived from pork, beef or chicken cartilage, NOT shark. Plus its not very ethical. Answered by Gayle Leggans 6 months ago.

My 10 year old german shepherd had arthritis in both her hind legs and she too is limited to her walks. I give her 2 G3 tablets, 2 creacarb tablets, and 2 other suppliments a day in addition to metacam once a day. She also goes to the vet weekly and get 3 shots which really seem to help. One is a vitamin shot and the other two have a combination of things for joints. Let me know if the drs. fosters works, because I love to see if those commercials are for real. The rimady is for pain and not really for the lubrication in the joints. My dog was on that for over a year but then we switched her to the metacam for pain management. Answered by Benita Tomlinson 6 months ago.

I can only relate my own experience. Had a big 'ol elderly hound dog with arthritis, I was giving him aspirin and one day he fell and didn't get up for a long time. The vet prescribed duramaxx, and it worked great! but was extravagantly expensive for a large size dog. We switched to Carprofen. It worked quite well and we got a couple more years out of the old guy and I was very grateful for that. The possible side effects (mostly stomach problems) never materialized in my dog. Bottom line, I strongly recommend using a canine arthritis drug to treat her pain, it will drastically improve her quality of life. A nice, soft bed will help, too. She won't go back to being her old self, though. She's a senior citizen -- help her live out her remaining days with dignity, that's my advice. Go for the duramaxx if you can afford it, or even better, if you trust your vet's judgement, go with his recommendation. Answered by Nydia Mcghaney 6 months ago.

My vet recommended that I give my dog glucosamin/chondroitin, the same pills I take for arthritis. The pills are big and it was a hassle to get them into him. I found K-9 Liquid Health glucosamine/condroitin/msm at a natural pet store which is easy to put into his food and it has helped. There are other products on the market for arthritis, b-naturals have very good products and sells one for joint support and arthritis. Answered by Wei Dear 6 months ago.

I would chose a natural supplement any day over Rimadyl. I have seen dogs die from it. Get her on a good food: Innova Evo, Canidae, Orijen, Solid Gold. Then, get her a heated, space foam bed, which will give her something good to sleep on, and relieve pressure. For exercise, find a place to swim. It will be easy on her joints, and keep her healthy. Answered by Virgen Cutshaw 6 months ago.

I have a personal thing against Rimadyl, although I'm not entirely sure it was that particular medicine. Keep taking your lab for little walks - keeping active will help ease his pain. Talk to your vet about your options. Answered by Cliff Hourihan 6 months ago.

Young dog on Rimadyl?
Took my dog to our local dog park yesterday and from swimming and climbing in and out of their pond she scraped up all four of her paw pads pretty badly. Today she could hardly walk because they were so tender. Took her into the vet and they looked at them. Said just keep her on soft surfaces and let it heal... Asked by Donnie Caffarel 6 months ago.

Took my dog to our local dog park yesterday and from swimming and climbing in and out of their pond she scraped up all four of her paw pads pretty badly. Today she could hardly walk because they were so tender. Took her into the vet and they looked at them. Said just keep her on soft surfaces and let it heal basically. Also gave me a prescription for some antibiotics and pain meds. I looked the pain med (Rimadyl) up online and found some very controversial stories. My dog is an aussie, 36 lbs. gonna be a year old end of this month. They gave me a 10 day subscription at 1/2 a caplet twice a day. Is this safe to give her??? Answered by Tawanda Proescher 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is safe for short periods of time to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. It is when it is used for a extended period that problems can arise. If your that concerned then a quick call to your vet will ease your mind! ok ADD: another alternative is Deramaxx. I prefer the Deramaxx over the Rimadyl but for just a few days the Rimadyl is fine. IMO Answered by Rosalie Wojciak 6 months ago.

Rimadyl (carprofen) is a NSAID, just like ibuprofen is for people (by the way, don't ever give ibuprofen to dogs - it's toxic!). A NSAID is a non-steroidal anti-inflammitory drug, and can be very beneficial when used properly. The dosage that you have been given by the vet should be safe (you said 1/2 caplet, but didn't mention the size - 50mg? 75mg?). You may find that you don't even need to use it for the full 10 days. As with any NSAID, it's long-term use that may create issues down the line. Answered by Jody Stillwagon 6 months ago.

Rimadyl as with any prescription has possible side effects. Most drugs when use as prescribed are safe for most animals. Rimadyl is one of the most prescribed medications for pain in dogs in America. Bottom line is that its up to you, your vet would not have given you the medication if it was not a safe medication. There are tons of other options out there but they have there own side effects and risks. Answered by Aleida Damelio 6 months ago.

I've had dogs on Rimadyl before & they were fine. Currently I have a dog on Deramaxx. It's suppose to be better than the Rimadyl, but it is a lot more expensive. Your dog should be alright since it is only 10 days. Answered by Demarcus Feris 6 months ago.

yes. we use it at our clinic for dogs as young as 4 months that have surgery done. we have only seen one case where the rimadyl made the dog have a slight diarrhea, but if that happens just stop/ the only other alternative is a buffered aspirin, no tylenol, it will damage their liver. but rimadyl has no worse side affects then any other pain med that people take Answered by Valeria Alling 6 months ago.

Your dog should be ok to take if its just for a short period of time. Maybe till you notice she is feeling better. I would try and only give her the pills just the first few days unless you can see after that she is in a lot of pain, maybe then continue another day or so. This pill is safe for a short period of time but will damage the liver if used for a long period of time. My dog had mild arthritis and I only gave it to her when I could see she was in need which wasn't that often. And she did ok with it. All pain pills should only be used for short period of time. I doubt she will need the whole 10 days worth. Good Luck hope she feels better real soon. Answered by Janette Yeamans 6 months ago.

Rimadyl is perfectly safe, the vet i work for prescribes all the dogs who get spays or neuters rimadyl to take after and all of them have never had any problems Answered by Abram Wallin 6 months ago.

Short term use of rimadyl is common for pain relief, especially following surgery. It's long term use that has caused problems with some dogs. I wouldn't be too worried... Answered by Cameron Cabasso 6 months ago.

I personally am not willing to use Rimadyl with my pets. Many vets still hand it out like it's candy, and I simply don't understand it. There are better alternatives, and in this case I would probably just use aspirin unless I felt my dog was behaving in a way that led me to believe he needed something stronger. Kudos to you for checking it out. If only more owners cared enough about their pets to do so. Many people consider it to be safe for temporary use. There have been multiple lawsuits filed by people who's dogs died after only ONE dose. I'm not interested in risking it. Answered by Carlo Dicesare 6 months ago.

Possible Rimadyl Overdose?
My son accidently gave my dog twice as much rimadyl as prescribed. she was supposed to have 1/2 tablet once a day and he gave her one whole tablet. I don't think that it will kill her but what should I be watching for? Asked by Coralee Zuehls 6 months ago.

What is the most important information I should know about Rimadyl: Rimadyl is a prescription medication that is FDA approved for use in dogs. Rimadyl is available as 25mg, 75mg and 100mg Prok Liver flavored Chewable, scored tablets. Rimadyl is also available as 25mg, 75mg and 100mg capsule shaped scored non-chewable tablets (Caplets). The usual total daily dose in dogs is 2mg per pound given as a single daily dose or divided and administered as 1mg per pound twice a day . Contact the veterinarian if the pet has bloody, black or tarry stools as these symptoms could indicate damage to the stomach or intestines, which could be dangerous. Before giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medications check with your veterinarian or pharmacist. What is Rimadyl: Rimadyl is a nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Rimadyl works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Rimadyl is used to reduce pain as associated with surgery or dental procedures. Rimadyl is also used for the treatment of inflammation and stiffness as a result of conditions such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. Rimadyl may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide. How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Rimadyl should be given with food. Keep plenty of water available for your pet. Store Rimadyl at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets. Do not give Rimadyl to cats. What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Rimadyl overdose include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, seizures, panting, little or no urine production, and slow breathing. Answered by Karma Vaquera 6 months ago.

Rimadyl Chewable 25 Mg Answered by Quyen Hegwood 6 months ago.

that much of an overdose should not cause any major problems. I would skip his next dose. An overdose of rimadyl can be very very bad. Just to be on the safe side call your vet anyway. Answered by Mariel Hite 6 months ago.

It will probably just make her tired or sick to her stomach. I have done the same thing and the dog was fine. If she has trouble waking up, is acting lethargic or has difficulty breathing, get her to an emergency vet immediately. Answered by Aliza Mushtaq 6 months ago.

What to Watch For *Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, melena (black, tarry stools), abdominal pain and ulceration of the stomach. * Damage to the kidneys may cause signs of acute kidney failure such as increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy and dilute urine (lighter in color). * Symptoms associated with damage to the liver include jaundiced skin, gums, inside of ears, and sclera (whites of the eyes) as well as vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy. Answered by Fatima Mcclennon 6 months ago.

I gave the wrong dog carprofen (rimadyl)?
I did call the emergency vet last night & they said that he probably will be just fine... but to keep an eye on him. thank you for all the answers & I will keep an eye on him... the vet didn't go into as much detail as the answers so far, so I appreciate all the feedback. Asked by Omer Wydeven 6 months ago.

My golden 77# is on temaril (steroid), down to 2 tabs 2x/day and simplicef 200mg (antibiotic) 1 tab per day in morning. he's on this for ear infection & a hot spot My 125# newfie is on carprofen 100mg - 1 tab 2 x per day knee problems. I accidentally gave my golden a 100mg carprofen this evening... will this hurt him? Answered by Ed Abbed 6 months ago.

Likely your Golden will be just fine. Although it is true that carprofen has caused severe issues in some dogs after only 1 dose, this is a rare event and the odds are that your Golden will be just fine. The temaril is a VERY low dose steroid. Keep a close eye on your Golden until morning but if I had to bet, I'd say your dog will be just fine. Good luck! Answered by Laronda Bugett 6 months ago.

Steroids and NSAIDS(like Rimadyl) can react with each other, potentially causing GI and bleeding problems. If it just happened, make him vomit with a couple tablespoons of peroxide. If it's been more than 30 minutes, keep a close eye on him and call the vet immediately if he seems uncomfortable, or in the morning if he seems fine. Keep an eye on his stools, black tarry stools are a sign of GI bleeding. Answered by Debroah Dulong 6 months ago.

you may want to call your vet and ask.. its possible it may react with the other medications he is taking. Answered by Candelaria Lamarsh 6 months ago.


ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght

Similar Active Ingredient

ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght

Ask a question

A licensed doctor will try to answer your question as quickly as possible.


Browse by letter

© Medications.li 2015-2017 - Blog - All rights reserved