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What is Rimadyl?

Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation due to arthritis and other joint diseases, including hip dysplasia. It's also used to reduce fever. Rimadyl requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

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For: Dogs (over six weeks of age)
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Benefits:
Can be given as a single daily dose
Effective
Easy to administer - available as a chewable tablet or caplet
Well tolerated by dogs

How it works:
Rimadyl works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in your dog's body.

Cautions:
Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any other prescription or over-the-counter medications to your pet. Should not be given to pregnant or lactating dogs or dogs used for breeding.


More Information:
Brand Name
Rimadyl (Pfizer Animal Health)
Generic Name
Carprofen

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 Pork 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 your veterinarian if your 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 non-steroidal ant-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Rimadyl works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Rimadyl is used to reduce pain 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.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Rimadyl to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAID; an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach; has liver, or kidney disease; congestive heart failure; fluid retention; bleeding disorders; heart disease; or high blood pressure. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

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 miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

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.

What should I avoid while giving Rimadyl to my pet: Many over-the-counter cough, cold, allergy, and pain medicines that contain aspirin or other NSAIDs similar to Rimadyl. Before giving any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist.

What are the possible side effects of Rimadyl: Contact your veterinarian if your pet has bloody, black, or tarry stools, or blood in vomit as these symptoms could indicate serious side effects. If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Rimadyl and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives), muscle cramps, open sores in the mouth, rapid weight gain due to fluid retention, seizures, or abdominal cramping. If your pet experiences any of the following less serious side effects, continue giving Rimadyl and talk to your veterinarian: headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, depression, fatigue or weakness, or dry mouth. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect Rimadyl: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given aspirin; another NSAID such as etodolac, carprofen, or piroxicam; any over-the-counter cough, cold, allergy, or pain medication; warfarin; furosemide; a steroid such as prednisone; insulin; or probenecid. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Rimadyl. Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Rimadyl written for health professionals that you may read.

 

 

 

 

Directions:
Rimadyl can be given as a single full dose once a day or divided in half and given twice a day.
Rimadyl is available as a chewable tablet or non-chewable caplet.
Rimadyl should be given with food.
Rimadyl is for dogs only. Do not give to cats.
Tip: Keep plenty of water available for your pet to drink.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: (6 weeks of age and older) All weights 2mg/lb of dog’s weight once a day or 1mg/lb of dog’s weight twice a day
Cats:
Storage: Should be stored at room temperature.
Rimadyl (carprofen):
Active Ingredients (per caplet or chewable tablet) Amount
Carprofen 100 mg

Rimadyl (carprofen):
Active Ingredients (per caplet or chewable tablet) Amount
Carprofen 75 mg

Rimadyl (carprofen):
Active Ingredients (per caplet or chewable tablet) Amount
Carprofen 25 mg

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12 yr old Lab My lab was having hard time getting up due to severe arthritis in his hips but after taking this for just a couple of days he is getting up much better, playing and seems to have little if any pain. I highly recommend this therapy he has not had any adverse reactions. 04/08/2011
Rimadyl Since we put our 11 year old dog, Brickles, on Rimadyl for his arthritis. he's like a brand new dog. He runs around like he's a puppy again! He has had no bad reactions to the medicine. 07/17/2014
for joints with Artritis Since we put our 15 year old Yorkie on Rimadyl he is getting around a ;lot better. He does his stroll outside and in the house also. He has an eye sight problem and hearing problem but is more active. 07/06/2014
Rimadyl I have a 10 yr. old, Sheltie. He was getting a little stiff in his back legs. I noticed walking up stairs, getting up from lying down. I don't give him 2 tablets a day, since one tablet works great for him. I think this is a very good med. for stiff joints. 07/01/2014
12 yr old golden we have a 12 yr old golden who needed a little help getting up due to her arthritis and this medicine has made her a puppy again, she chases the ball and actually runs it's like a miracle... it's a small price to pay to see you best friend play again.... 06/25/2014
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The flavor is PORK LIVER on the Rimadyl chew tablets. The Rimadyl is also available in a plain unflavored caplet that you can put into a pill pocket or disguise in a favorite treat such as peanut butter.
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contact a vet right away as it could cause serious harm to a pet if overdosed
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My 6 year old Scottish Deerhound is getting arthritic and I'm looking for a good, cost effective drug to start him on...
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I'd recommend the Rimadyl at about 1 mg for every pound of weight. So a 75 pound dog can take one 75 mg tablet twice daily.
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It is a non steroidal anti inflammatory medication that works well for arthritis. We also carry the
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Was on pred for 30 days, 1st two weeks 10 mg, second for 5 mg tapering to every other
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Consult with your veterinarian regarding when you can safely start your dog on Rimadyl.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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