Rimadyl is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to ease arthritic pain and inflammation in dogs. It is also used to control post-surgery pain. Rimadyl is available as scored caplets for easy halving, as chewable tablets, or as an injection. The dosage is dependent on your dog's weight and will be determined by your veterinarian. This medication is not a cure for canine arthritis, but is an effective pain reliever with quick-acting results that can last up to 24 hours. In order to ensure easy intake and highest level of effectiveness, the medication should be administered with food. Rimadyl is for dogs only and should never be used on cats. Its common drug name is Carprofen.
Long-lasting, up to 24 hours
Most popular prescription drug for canine arthritis
For dogs only
Dosage of Rimadyl is dependant on your pet’s weight; the most usual amount is 2 mg. per pound, either at once or divided into separate installments. When Rimadyl is being used for postoperative pain, administer the first dose two hours prior to surgery. It can be given either with food or directly into your dog’s mouth.
The active ingredient in Rimadyl, carprofen, inhibits COX-2, a synthesizer of prostaglandins; this is a very targeted protection against inflammation, to limit side effects.
Rimadyl can cause an upset stomach (loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting), increased thirst and urination, rashes and hives, listlessness, and lethargy or other behavioral symptoms. Like other NSAIDs, Rimadyl can also be associated with serious gastrointestinal, hepatic (liver-related), hematological (blood-related), dermatologic (skin-related) and renal (kidney-related) side effects. Pets should be monitored for such conditions while using Rimadyl. Additionally, consult with a veterinarian to discuss the possible adverse effects of drug-interactions, especially when Rimadyl is used in conjunction with other NSAIDs.