What is Rimadyl?:
Rimadyl carprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID developed and approved specifically for use in dogs. Indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation, Rimadyl has been shown to be clinically effective for the relief of signs associated with arthritis.
- Canine non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID in oral dosage form
- Selectively inhibits cyclooxygenase COX-2, which generates prostaglandins involved in inflammation. In vitro, clinical relevance has not been shown.
- Once-daily dosage provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects for 24 hours.
What is Rimadyl used for?:
RIMADYL CHEWABLES are approved for:
Pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Control of postoperative pain associated with soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.
What does Rimadyl do for a dog with arthritis?
Rimadyl relieves arthritis pain, allowing for increased activity and freedom of movement, thereby improving a dog's quality of life. And, the increased activity helps maintain healthy weight, which helps slow down the progression of the disease.
First and most widely used veterinary NSAID approved in the U.S. for canine use.
Chewable tablets are scored and available in three strengths for convenient dosing.
How do I give it to my dog?
Rimadyl is available as a scored caplet or chewable tablet. Both are administered orally in 25, 75, and 100 mg doses. Rimadyl also comes in an injectable formula that your veterinarian can administer in the hospital or clinic.
How much Rimadyl do I give my dog?
RIMADYL Chewable Tablets are scored and contain 25 mg, 75 mg or 100 mg of carprofen per caplet or tablet. Each Chewable Tablet size is packaged in bottles containing 7, 14, 30, 60 or 180 tablets.
Dosage and Administration:
The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb 4.4 mg/kg of body weight daily. Total daily dose may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb 2.2 mg/kg twice daily.
For control of postoperative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure.
Caplets/tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half-caplet/tablet increments.
Are there any side effects associated with Rimadyl?
As with other pain relievers in this class, rare but serious digestive and liver side effects may occur. Signs of Rimadyl intolerance may include appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhea. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death. If these signs occur, discontinue Rimadyl therapy and contact your veterinarian. Of course, regular monitoring is required for pets on any medications. Rimadyl has been safely used in over 6 million dogs in the US and 10 million dogs worldwide.
Signs of Rimadyl intolerance may include appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhea, which could indicate rare but serious side effects involving the digestive tract, liver or kidneys. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death. If these signs occur, discontinue Rimadyl therapy and contact your veterinarian.
What should I do if I suspect my dog has arthritis?
See label instructions for complete precautions, warnings and safety information.
Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
RIMADYL should not be used in dogs exhibiting previous hypersensitivity to carprofen.
As a class, COX-inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal and renal toxicity. When NSAIDs inhibit prostaglandins that cause inflammation, they may also inhibit prostaglandins which maintain normal homeostatic function. The most frequently reported effects have been gastrointestinal signs.
RIMADYL, like other drugs of its class, is not free from adverse reactions. Owners should be advised of the potential for adverse reactions and be informed of the clinical signs associated with drug intolerance.
Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class &ndash including but not limited to gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic signs &ndash can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death. Owners should be advised to discontinue RIMADYL therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if signs of intolerance are observed.
The use of parenteral fluids during surgery should be considered to reduce the potential risk of renal complications when using NSAIDs perioperatively.
The safe use of RIMADYL in dogs less than 6 weeks of age, pregnant dogs, dogs used for breeding purposes, or in lactating bitches has not been established.
Studies to determine the activity of RIMADYL given concomitantly with other protein-bound or similarly metabolized drugs have not been conducted. Drug compatibility should be monitored closely in patients requiring additional therapy.
Concurrent use of RIMADYL with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as corticosteroids and NSAIDs, should be avoided or very closely monitored.
Keep out of reach of children. Not for human use.
For use in dogs only.
We highly recommend Rimadyl's webpage for information about Arthritis and your dog, such topics as:What you should know about Arthritis and Your Dog, Know the Signs of Arthritis Pain, and the role of exercise and weight in arthritis. The webpage address is: https://www.rimadyl.com/display.aspx?drug=RC&species=CN&sec=100
For a Rimadyl rebate form: https://www.rimadyl.com/Rebateform.aspx
Rimadyl is manufactured by and is a registered trademark of Pfizer. The information provided on this website 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. We reference Pfizer as the source for our information, you may research this product further at the Pfizer webpage: https://www.rimadyl.com/display.aspx?drug=RC&species=CN&sec=000. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the diagnosis, and treatment of your pet. As stated the information provided is for educational purposes to aid you in purchasing your pet's medication, it is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, nor does this information suggest that this medication will be tolerated by your pet or that your pet will not experience side effects.
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