Rimadyl is the most common pain relief medication used in dogs. Rimadyl contains a medication known as carprofen, which acts to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in dogs.
Rimadyl is used in dogs:
- to treat chronic pain associated with arthritis and other degenerative diseases
- to treat pain associated with surgical procedures
- to treat pain associated with muscular injuries (muscle strains, muscle pulls, etc)
- to treat pain associated with cancer
- to treat pain from other sources
- to reduce inflammation associated with numerous causes
What is Rimadyl?
Rimadyl is a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication. It is available as an injection, which is frequently used in veterinary hospitals to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Rimadyl is also available as a chewable tablet which can easily be administered at home by a dog owner.
Rimadyl chewable tablets are beef flavored and are readily accepted by most dogs when offered as a treat. Rimadyl chewable tablets are available in three different dosage ranges (25 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg). While Rimadyl tablets are normally administered one to two times daily, your veterinarian will be able to help you decide what dosage strength and schedule is appropriate for your dog.
Rimadyl tablets and injection are both prescription medications which require a prescription from your veterinarian. Rimadyl tablets are widely available through many veterinary offices as well as numerous online pharmacies.
What Should a Dog Owner Expect While Administering Rimadyl to a Dog?
Before beginning administration of Rimadyl, your veterinarian may recommend performing a routine blood screen for your dog. This is especially likely in dogs which have chronic problems which are likely to be receiving Rimadyl on a long-term basis. Many veterinarians recommend routine blood screens for middle-aged to older dogs before starting on Rimadyl as well. The blood screens are done to make certain there is no health problems present which would make Rimadyl difficult for your dog to metabolize. Your veterinarian may also advise periodic blood screens for your dog if your dog continues to receive Rimadyl on a long-term basis.
Rimadyl often works fairly quickly in relieving pain in a dog suffering from chronic disease such as arthritis. Rimadyl also works rapidly in dogs suffering inflammation from other causes.
When using Rimadyl tablets as a post-surgical pain relief medication, Rimadyl is often more effective if started before signs of pain actually begin. Therefore, often Rimadyl is administered during or shortly after a surgical procedure and is continued for several days post-surgically.
When using Rimadyl tablets for your dog, you should follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely.
What side do effects occur with Rimadyl?
Rimadyl is a safe medication which is widely used in dogs. While side effects associated with Rimadyl are uncommon, adverse reactions can occur and may include:
- increased thirst and increased water consumption
- increased urine volume
- icterus (yellowing of the gums)
If your dog experiences any of these symptoms while receiving Rimadyl, stop administering the medication at once and contact your veterinarian.
Rimadyl in Cats
Rimadyl is labeled for use in dogs only. Because cats are more sensitive to NSAID medications than dogs, Rimadyl should be administered to a cat only if recommended by your veterinarian and only as directed by your veterinarian. Instructions for using Rimadyl in cats need to be followed very carefully. In many cases, there are safer medications available and your veterinarian may recommend another type of pain relief medication for your cat, where necessary.