Rimadyl belongs to NSAID or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is mainly used for the treatment of arthritis and arthritic pain for dogs. This drug is also given to dog after a surgical procedure. It helps alleviate post surgical pain. Rimadyl drug is in the form of scored caplets, injection, and chewable form. For intense pain, the injection form is given. Dosing is determined by the veterinarian, but mostly dependent on the weight of your dog. Rimadyl medication is not intended for the treatment of canine arthritis. However, it is effective in relieving the pain. It acts quickly and can last in a matter of 24 hour period. Make sure that you administer the drug with meal. This is to ensure the efficacy of the drug. Pet owner must need to understand that Rimadyl is to be given only to dogs. This drug should not be given to cats or other animals, unless determined by the veterinarian. The generic name of Rimadyl is Carprofen.
- it has a long-lasting effect which can lasts up to 24 hours;
- exclusively for dogs;
- commonly prescribed for canine arthritis.
The dosage is determined and dependent on the weight of your dog. Basically, the drug has a ratio of 2 mg per pound weight. Rimadyl is to be given two hours prior to surgical procedure. It can be given orally with or without meal.
Rimadyl is highly recommended to use especially for postoperative pain and arthritic pain for dogs. The active ingredient of this drug is carprofen which is a known COX-2 inhibitor. It gently blocks the action of prostaglandin which is responsible for the pain sensation of the body. It also limits the side effects of the medication.
The basic side effects of the drug involve the gastrointestinal system of the dog’s body. The dog may display loss of appetite or anorexia, vomiting, and diarrhea. The dog may also be observed having excessive thirst and increase in frequency of urination. Hives and rashes are also observed to dogs undergoing Rimadyl therapy. The dog can be lethargic following administration of Rimadyl. Overdosing of Rimadyl drug can lead to further serious side effects like bleeding to the gastrointestinal tract, liver related symptoms, and hematologic side effects. You should carefully monitor the condition of the dog while undergoing such drug therapy. It is best to consult the veterinarian for proper handling of the medication.