Rimadyl is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works to reduce inflammation and pain. As a prescription drug, Rimadyl comes with a potential for serious side effects, some more common than others.
How much Rimadyl is too much?
When given at the recommended dosage for short periods of time, Rimadyl is generally safe for dogs. However, side effects can be seen with doses of 9 mg per pound of body weight. Dogs can develop GI ulcers at 9 mg per pound and acute renal failure at 18 mg per pound.
How much Rimadyl can I give my dog?
The average dose for Rimadyl is 2 mg per pound of body weight once a day. This means that if your dog weighs 20 pounds, his daily dose should be 40 mg. The dosage is based on your pet’s weight, medical condition, and response to the medication.
What is Rimadyl used for in dogs?
Rimadyl is used for the treatment of arthritis, hip dysplasia, soft tissue surgery, and post-operative pain.
- The use of Rimadyl is contraindicated in dogs that are allergic to any component of the medication.
- Rimadyl should not be given to dogs with bleeding disorders or those that are sensitive to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
- Rimadyl should also not be given to pregnant or lactating dogs.
If you have concerns about your dog taking Rimadyl, talk to your veterinarian about alternative medications that may be less risky for your dog.
What are the side effects of Rimadyl for dogs?
The most common side effects of Rimadyl are vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and lethargy. These symptoms usually resolve within 24 to 48 hours after stopping Rimadyl administration.
Serious side effects (including death) have been reported in dogs that have been given overdoses of Rimadyl, were taking other drugs that increased the risk of adverse reactions to Rimadyl (such as steroids), or had pre-existing kidney or liver disease. Dogs with these conditions should not be given Rimadyl without their veterinarian’s approval.
How long does it take for Rimadyl to work on dogs?
Rimadyl takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to work. Rimadyl can be given with or without food. The chewable tablets can be given as a whole or broken up into smaller pieces.
It is recommended that you give Rimadyl at the same time(s) every day. If you miss a dose of Rimadyl, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
How long can a dog stay on Rimadyl?
A dog can be on Rimadyl long-term, but the length of time depends on the dog’s overall health, age, and other factors. A dog should never be kept on Rimadyl long-term if it experiences any side effects from the drug.
Does Rimadyl make dogs tired?
Yes, Rimadyl does make some dogs tired, but this side effect is not common.
If you notice your dog is more tired than usual after taking Rimadyl, talk to your vet. It may just be a matter of adjusting your dog’s dosage or switching to another drug.
Rimadyl killed my dog?
“We adopted a dog a few months ago who had been on Rimadyl. The day after we got him, he started having seizures. We took him to the vet and they said his liver enzymes were high, but they didn’t know why. After another seizure, they finally told us that it was probably Rimadyl (which he had stopped taking days before). He seemed fine for a while, but then his seizures kept coming back even though he was no longer taking the medication. Now he is dead.”
“We adopted a dog, he was 12. We had him for 3 years, and he only started having problems with arthritis just in the last few months of his life. When he started limping and being stiff I took him to the vet, who prescribed Rimadyl. We were hoping it would help, but instead it killed him. After taking the first pill he had a bad reaction, throwing up, drooling, and having diarrhea. I took him back to the vet and told them about his reaction. They said to stop giving him that pill and gave me another one called Deramaxx as an alternative. We gave him that pill instead and just a few days later he died.”
“My dog, Maggie, was a 10-year-old golden retriever. She was a very healthy and happy dog until my husband gave her Rimadyl for arthritis. Within hours, her liver failed and we had to put her down. I would like to know how many other dogs have died from this medicine. My husband is still grieving over this and so am I. We do not want to see another dog lost to the same medication that took our sweet Maggie from us.”
“I’ve been looking into this for quite a few years. My experience with Rimadyl was very negative. Sadly, I had to have my beloved dog put down because of it.”
Positive reviews of Rimadyl
“My little girl was in so much pain before she started taking it,” one reviewer writes. “Now she runs faster than my other dog and jumps on the furniture just like she used to.”
Another reviewer says, “I love the way Rimadyl helps my doggie friend. It has made a big difference in his life and mine.”
“My 13-year-old, 100-pound dog was in pain and unable to walk. I took her to the vet and he prescribed Rimadyl. Within a short time, she was back to being a normal dog. Thank you, Rimadyl.” – Anne M., McAllen, TX
“My 14-year-old dog was having hip problems and couldn’t walk much, so we tried Rimadyl. The results have been great! He is walking more and even runs sometimes now.” – Paulette B., Asheville, NC
“My 11-year-old black lab has arthritis in his hips; he had trouble getting up from a lying position and couldn’t walk up steps anymore. He started on Rimadyl and within 3 weeks he was running around like a puppy again!” – Linda O., Hayward, CA
“My 9-year-old pit bull mix has been on Rimadyl for about a year now and does very well! I’ve had no issues with the medicine. Her appetite is great and she doesn’t seem to have any side effects. I would definitely recommend this medicine to anyone with a dog with arthritis or other joint problems!” – Margaret M. – Illinois, USA
Conclusion of Rimadyl for dogs
In conclusion, Rimadyl is a very effective painkiller for dogs with arthritis and other joint problems. It can also be used to treat post-operative pain in dogs. It is, however, advised that you study the side effects of Rimadyl before administering it to your dog.