Designed specifically for dogs, Rimadyl is the prescription medication carprofen that may be classified as an NSAID. Rimadyl is useful in treating inflammation, reducing fever, and treating pain in dogs. It is important to note that you should never give your dog NSAIDs meant for humans as this can be dangerous for your dog.
What Is Rimadyl for Dogs Used for?
If your veterinarian has prescribed Rimadyl for your dog, it is for one of two reasons. Does your dog suffer from osteoarthritis? If so, Rimadyl was given to your dog because it contains anti-inflammatory properties and painkillers that help reduce pain in your dog’s joints. Rimadyl may be prescribed for this purpose on a long-term basis.
Your vet may also prescribe Rimadyl if your dog has just gone through surgery for the same reasons, to calm the pain and inflammation.
Rimadyl may be administered in one of three different ways: chewable tablets, caplets, or an injection.
Side Effects of Rimadyl for Dogs
As is with many medications, Rimadyl can harbor some side effects, particularly when used long-term. GI tract complications may include vomiting, diarrhea, and ulcers.
Although side effects on the liver and kidneys are rare, they are serious when they occur. Because of this, regular bloodwork should be run to keep watch on the liver for dogs who take Rimadyl for long periods of time.
You also need to be aware if your dog is having a negative reaction to Rimadyl. Contact your veterinarian right away if your dog is on Rimadyl and is experiencing any of the following reactions:
- Bloody vomiting or bloody stools
- Severe vomiting or black stools
- Drinking more or drinking less water
- Urinating more or urinating less
- Eyes, skin or gums appear yellow
- Severely lethargic
- Continuous lack of hunger
- Redness, scabs or scratching of the skin
Although the side effects of your dog taking Rimadyl can be serious, the AKC notes that you should weigh the risks versus the quality of life that your dog can have living without the pain of osteoarthritis.
Can Rimadyl Be Given With Other Medications?
If your dog is on other NSAIDs or steroids, he or she should not take Rimadyl. As always, be sure to notify your veterinarian of any prescriptions or supplements that you are giving your dog to be sure that they can be safely taken with Rimadyl.
Alternatives of Rimadyl for Dogs
Although Rimadyl is one of the safest choices in pain management for dogs, there are a few alternatives if you are concerned about the possible side effects. Speak with your veterinarian about other prescription painkillers or possible alternative therapies that may help your pup that is suffering.