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Rimadyl Side Effects

This page provides an overview of an ever growing number of True Life Stories told by dog lovers sharing their personal experiences on the side effects of Rimadyl.

  • From shandis Hill stehle on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    We just recently lost our beloved baby girl dachshund of 9 1/2 years to this drug Rimadyl. We had no idea of the side effects of this drug our vet prescribed to us. We took her in with a limp and were given these pills for her. She started them on a Wednesday night we stopped them Saturday and it was a cascading series of devastating events afterwards. She stopped eating, drinking, and walking. She ran a high temperature. We took her to another vet and they started treating her but it was too late, her liver shut down.
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    In the end her ears were scabbed, and her little belly was turning yellow. My kids and I love her so much but had to say good bye. This has been an absolutely horrible few weeks. We did everything we could to try to save her. I feel horrible knowing that I gave her the medication that ultimately cost her her life and I’m so angry that I didn’t research this medication. My kids and I are devastated over the loss of our tiny companion. I assure you she was only given 3 days of Rimadyl, this is how fast this medication can take your dogs life. Just don’t give it.

    • From Bulterman de Groot on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

      We’re very sorry to hear about your loss and yes, it is an extremely dangerous drug.

      I know it is almost impossible under the given circumstances, but please try not to blame yourself for what happened, you did your best to help her and by sharing this with the readers of this website, which is not an easy thing to do, believe me I know, you are informing other dogowners about the dangers of NSAIDs like rimadyl.

      Our condolences go out to you and your family.

      Thank you again for sharing.

  • From Kari MacKenzie on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    I came across this post after picking our ten month old golden up from the vet. He had been prescribed rimadyl after a surgery on Friday (June 1 st) Saturday, he seemed fine, but Sunday I was welcomed to a mess of diarrhea and bile on our laundry room floor. I cleaned him up, stopped the rimadyl and began on the white rice and chicken regime. He had less diarrhea on Monday, and was up and around. When I returned home from a running errands on Tuesday, he stood outside and lost a large amount of blood from his rectum. I cleaned him up and called the vet. He now has him on metronidazole twice a day for the diarrhea. I am wondering if the rimadyl could still be causing this gastrointestinal bleeding as it is very concerning. Thanks

    • From Jack on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

      Same here. We have a year old lab….Just had her spayed Thursday, June 7, 2018. Started Rimadyl on Friday the 8th. Diarrhea started Saturday, the 9th. Discontinued on Sunday the 10th……Monday was a fair day for her, no vomiting, however minor diarrhea. Today, the 12th, four bouts of diarrhea. Took he to Vet today, she stated, she might had reaction to Rimadyl. Three or four pills did this to my pup…..

      Started her yesterday on Scrambled eggs…..very hungry. White Rice tonight. Immediately had two bouts of DIARRHEA. STILL VERY ACTIVE AND PLAYFUL…….


  • From Alyson Struwe on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    My dog took Rimadyl for 2 1/2 weeks before noticing the negative effects. First issue was paw itching. She never chews on her paws and was doing it incessantly one evening. I thought maybe she stepped in something on our long walk. The next day she started shaking her head (like an ear infection) and seemed a bit off on our walk. Not her normally smiling self. I awoke to vomit all through my home. This dog never throws up in her 7.5 years in our home. I decided to stop the medication that morning. By evening I came home and my dogs ear flaps were swollen to about 1/2 inch thick to include her muzzle and the house again was filled with vomit. I also found two blankets with blood circles on them which I assume came from her anal area. I took her to the vet and luckily after 9 days she appears to be herself. While she is limping I’m glad she is alive. My vet did not suggest I report this as an adverse event to Zoetis which leads me to believe most people are not reporting these issues so the incident rate for side effects is not properly being factored in. So a 1% incident rate is probably more a 10% likliehoold of a negative outcome.

    • From Bulterman de Groot on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

      Hi Alyson,

      Glad to hear your dog is alright again, you absolutely saved her life.

      Your absolutely right in assuming only a fraction of the problems is being reported. The Rimadyl problem is going on for years now and the problem cases keep piling up.

      I think it’s unbelievable that products like that are still prescribed by veterinarians.

      Earlier today I read a post on a vet’s website stating, quote: “Treatment for arthritis is relatively easy, and can make a dramatic difference to your pet, allowing them to be more active”.

      They also mentioned “There are many over-the-counter supplements or prescription medications to assist your pet’s joint health and enable it to move more freely with reduced or minimal pain.”

      After reading that post I left a comment asking warning about the risks connected to many of these types of medication and my comment was removed from their site within five minutes after posting it. The same happened to the second comment I posted, asking for the reason of such a tight level of censorship.

      Anyway, thank you for sharing your story with us.

      Warm regards

  • From Mrs. Taylor on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    Thank God that I read all these terribly sad stories, that made me cry! My dear, little, 10 yr. old dog (adopted in Dec., after my darling 16 yr. old, big dog passed away, sadly), was prescribed Rimadyl because she fell over a couple of times. The vet told me that her back knee came out of socket, so I asked if I could give her Glucosamine, given that my big dog was taking 1,000 mg. daily (which stopped shaking in her back legs). I was told that I could do so and in a couple of days she was back to normal, with my not letting her jump up/down steps, etc. Therefore, I wondered about starting the Rimadyl — didn’t want to make too many changes all at once — so I halved the 25 mg. pill and gave it (after food) midday, given she was getting the Glucosamine in the morn. and eve., after her meals . However, on our walk (tonight) she seemed slower than usual and panted quite a bit! Consequently, I thought I’d do some research on what Rimadyl actually does (vet told me it’s for inflammation), and I’m very grateful that I found this info.! I shan’t be giving my dog anymore Rimadyl! She was doing well without it, and so, God willing, she’ll be her usual happy self again, in the morn. I’m so sorry that people lost their beautiful dogs, because they were given Rilmadyl, it seems. It’s absolutely heartbreaking! Thank-you very much for sharing your tragic stories, which could have saved my little dog from the same suffering.

  • From Cherie Schlichting on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    My Morkie was put on rimadyl for Luxating Patella 3 weeks ago against my better judgement… with in 24 hrs he was chewing his back like he had fleas(which he does not) Foolishly I waited to look up side effects of this drug and after 10 days I did. As soon as I saw that it was a side effect I immediately took him off it. He now has a bald spot the size of a 50 cent piece. He has been off it for several days and he is still itchy. He has never had any itchy or skin issues. Hopefully he will begin to heal now. I am so sick about it.

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  • From Gordon Young on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    Our dog Socks was a Lab/Pit Bull mix eleven years old with never a sick day in his life.. He was having just a small bit of arthritis (the Vet told us) and without knowing one was not supposed to give it to him I gave him one Tylenol. He was 77 pounds and in excellent health. Socks seemed a bit “spaced out” and I was afraid it was the single Tylenol. I immediately took him to the Vet again and was told, yes, arthritis and I was given 60 -75mg Rimadyl chewable and 60 Gabapentin capsules. I was told to give him one each of the pills twice a day. As soon as I began the pills Socks began to be very quiet and laid down a lot. We went on a walk and he seemed OK but when we came back he would lay down immediately. I didn’t like the situation so I only gave him one Gabapentin before I stopped those completely but continued the Rimadyl. The Vet gave me no cautions about either medications usage. The Tech said Socks would “act like a Puppy again soon”

    Socks continued to decline with panting when there was no reason to pant, refusing food but still drinking some water . For specially liked treats he would eat a small piece of chicken and then refuse any more. On short walks he would urinate often. He started to have very small black, tar like stools consisting of black outer layer and more normal color inside. He was his normal mentally bright self except for the tiredness and a desire to be by himself in the back yard all night which he never has done before as we have a dog door installed.

    After 8 days of the two per day Rimadyl I stopped it as he was getting worse with now no eating and not as much drinking. I assumed he would get better, but he continued to fail.

    His now much shorter walks showed that while his front legs were strong, his entire rear end and legs sort of wriggled back and forth from side to side and his back legs were close together. and lacked energy. We went back to the Vet when he couldn’t get up because his back legs became suddenly paralyzed. (One week after stopping Rimadyl) We were referred to an emergency Vet hospital where it was determined that he was bleeding into his spine causing paralysis. His blood platelet count was VERY low and the Vet asked if we had any Mouse Poison around. We have a small amount in a false ceiling for mice but it is not accessible to a dog so that was not it.

    Vet opinions ranged all the way from Rimadyl to silly things like unknown cancer which no one had found in a sweet active, normal dog but there was no “proof” of anything. After about $600 in vet expenses, it was suggested that they could do a CT scan to find the bleeding site ($1400) and that might give them more information. They were good in reminding me of the many dogs Rimadyl has helped, but never gave me a warning about the damage it could do. I found this out on the Internet and sites like this. Thank you.

    We had to euthanize socks yesterday a week after I stopped the Rimadyl and about two weeks after he started on it. . (Yesterday was also my wife’s Birthday) and we are so sad with a dear 11 year friend rather than a pet missing, who was always there with a wagging tail and uncaring love. I hope that anyone reading this is so VERY careful with this VERY dangerous drug. I would never advise anyone to use it on any animal of concern.

    My religion teaches me that all life will be fully resurrected so I look forward to seeing Socks again in a place where I can throw and he can chase real balls and run and play in real fields again always. But for now I miss him greatly.

  • From Linda B on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    Our Chihuahua just died from Rimadyl! She was 16 and the vet gave it to us to give to her for her arthritis. Before that they did blood work on her and all of her bloodwork was excellent, no heart damage, no kidney or liver damage, they could not believe the numbers and how healthy she was for an old dog. We gave it to her for 1 1/2 weeks and last Wed night in the middle of the night she had a really bad seizure, bit her tongue and blood aspirated into her lungs. She came through the seizure but was laboring in her breathing because of the fluid in her lungs. Took her down to the vet they checked her heart which was good, did x-rays and all looked good, so the only thing they could determine is that during the seizure she got a lesion in her brain (stroke) which damanged the part of knowing where she was, totally lost. She had never had seizures before and was never on any medication in her entire life! That night was the first night also that they had us give her Trazadone for her anxiety.

    We are so lost without our baby girl, we loved her so much. If I would have known that this was one of the side effects of Rimadyl we would have never given this to her. Of course the vets to not give you any information on it. When a human gets a prescription at the pharmacy we are given all kinds of info on it, including side effects and our decision if we want to take it. But in this case I guess we were suppose to trust the Vet. A piece of us died with our baby and I blame myself for giving her this drug without researching it. But we were told oh it is safe and will help her.

    I would advise anyone with an older dog not to give them this drug for sure, even a younger dog.

    • From Bulterman de Groot on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

      Hi Linda,

      I am sorry to hear of your dog’s passing. I understand that this will leave you with varying emotions. You will have good days and bad days in the coming months or perhaps even years but please try not to blame yourself for this.

      The thing is when we take our dogs to a vet we simply have to place our trust into their knowledge and experience because that’s the only thing we can do as a responsible dog owner.

      What happened to you and your little dog is a terrible thing and we fully understand that nothing but time itself will be able to change your feeling of pain and loss.

      Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this time of loss.

      Our warmest regards

  • From Mary Vinson on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    Rimadyl/ Carprofen was given to my Golden retriever for her spay surgery and for pain after the surgery– she was sick the day following with vomiting and diarrhea– called the vet –said to not give the carprofen–may be allergic– took her back to vet 2 days post op for meds to calm her GI tract –she seemed to be on the mend until she dropped dead on day 5 post op–autopsy showed blood pooled in her spleen and did not get out to other organs– her heart stopped and she died! He said she developed IMHA with DIC—I know that drug started it all into play—SO MAD–How do you trust these vets?? Her gums were pale and there was no saving her–we were just out to potty and she was wagging her tail walking with me–she stumbled and was down and dead–I will never forget the ordeal. I wish I had not taken her in to be spayed– Vets need to keep educated on these damn drugs and problems they can cause.

    • From Bulterman de Groot on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

      Hi Mary,

      We are truly sorry to hear about your loss, please accept our condolences on the passing of your dog.

      There are several (research) studies published on the topic of IMHA and DIC and all speak against administering drugs that may cause bleeding such as aspirin or NSAIDs.

      Losing your dog is a deeply sad event, no matter what caused it.

      You and your family are in our thoughts.

      Warmest regards

  • From Josephine on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    My 1 year old pit mix just had her spay Surgery this past week, they gave me tramadol and Carprofen, i didn’t start her Carprofen until the second day after her surgery and by night her neck was swollen, rash like, and extremely dry. It also seems like there was some sort of fluid building up. I didn’t want to continue the Carprofen; the vet that did her surgery is not open until Monday, I didn’t know what else it could have been since she has been with me since her surgery practical all day everyday. The swelling lessened through out the day today. But i haven’t seen any information about swelling in the neck caused from this drug. I was very worried this morning, waking up to my pup who usually has very little extra skin and folds now with a whole new neck lump! Not sure how to take care of it until i can get her into the Vet Monday. Any ideas?

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