Rimadyl is a 24-hour, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID that is administered once a day. It provides safe and effective relief of pain and inflammation due to canine arthritis, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Available only by prescription through your veterinarian, Rimadyl comes in three formulations:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
See label instructions for complete precautions, warnings and safety information.
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