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

    My 4 year old Peekapoo was given Rimadyl for her luxating patella. She had surgery on 1/24/13 and almost immediately began omitting and diarrhea . She had been lethargic and her ALT liver enzyemes are elevated. We took her off it immediately and today 3/15/13 her enzymes are still elevated and she still vomits ever other day. This drug is toxic DO NOT Ever give to your beloved dog. Her treatment for her liver problem will end up costing us more than her surgery!

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

    My lab has been on rimadyl for a while now after surgery for a cruciate ligament injury
    She has been acting weird this week , staring and disorientated , she has had terrible
    Diarrhoea with blood in it , the vet diagnosed colitis, can rimadyl give
    Stomach ulcers ?
    She hasn’t had rimadyl since Sunday 10 march and I don’t think I’m going to
    Put her on it again doesanyone know of an alternative natural therapy for arthritis
    In dogs

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

      Absolutely discontinue!! Go to OnlyNaturalPet.com & google alternatives. The vets only prescribe MORE meds with MORE side effects and they won’t admit that it’s the drugs that are causing any of it. Just got off the phone with a tech at my Vet office after I told them to PLEASE read this site. My 13 yr old chihuahua is now incontinent from it.

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

    Today is Friday. On Monday our 6 year old Scotch Collie (75 lbs-looks like Lassie) was out running around with me and my daughter while she took photographs for a college course. On Tuesday we took the dog to the vet after he threw up (we believe he got into some rabbit poo). The vet called to say she noticed during the exam that he seemed to be in pain, and had yelped when she lifted him up under his belly. She recommended an injection of Rimadyl for his pain and possible inflamation., and sent home some Carprofen (75mg) to be given twice daily, starting Wednesday morning. When we brought him home early Tuesday evening, he seemed a little lithargic-we just thought we was worn out from our unusually busy day.

    Wednesday morning I gave him the Carprofen tablet after he ate breakfast. A little later that morning we noticed that he seemed to be stumbling and was having a hard time walking. By that evening, I had to hold his collar to help him outside for his business while he leaned up against me for support. He didn’t want his dinner, so I sprinkled bacon pieces on it to get him to eat. And then I administered the 2nd carprofen. That night I asked a friend for a referral to a vet/chiropractor thinking that maybe his back was out causing the walking problems, and thankfully I found one.

    When I checked on him Thursday, he was laying on his bed, his hind legs to the right and his front legs were to the left. In front of his snout was a pile of vomit. When i tried to get him to get up he wouldn’t move. I carefully picked up his hind legs and turned them under him to the left, and then urged him to get up. He tried to left his head, but nothing else moved. I called the chiro/vet’s office for an emergency appointment. My husband and I dragged him on his bed to the back door, and the dog tried to get up, but his hind end was basically not reponding. So we lifted him into the back of our van, and took him to the chiro/vet.

    The chiro/vet was able to get him to stand and walk, although he was still nery wobbly and needed help. They treated him throughout the day, and when we got the dog home, he hobbled in and collapsed on the living room carpet. We just kept him there all night.

    This morning, Friday, he was able to get up with help and get to the back yard for business, but then laid on the floor without hardly moving. I began to go through the details of every day to see what was out of the ordinary for the dog. RIMADYL was the glaring answer. As I looked at the list of side effects, it was like a check list of what our dog was experiencing. I quickly called the chiro/vet and he said he would review Rimadyl and call me back. Within a couple of hours he had he return the dog to his office to begin a detox program, and that’s what I did.

    So now we’re back home, and my sweet dog is on his bed in the living room, and I am here close beside him, wondering if he will make it through the night. I would not have believed you if you had told me this would happen a week ago. Just this Sunday he was chasing balls and frisbees in the back yard, barking at the squirrels and passersby, and playing chase up the stairs with my son…

    This drug should have RED FLAGS all over it!! DO NOT USE!!!!

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

      Yesterday we buried our sweet friend. Blood work showed that his liver function and kidneys were okay, and so he did not die from Rimadyl. The vet believes that he had brain lesions. I believe that the Rimadyl triggered this underlying issue to surface in a vicious way, catipulting him to a death that occurred much sooner than it otherwise would have. Up until he got that shot, we had little evidence that there were issues in his health. So today I awoke to a quiet house; it will take time to get used to not having him here. Please take extreme caution before using this drug–make sure your vet has a complete history and labwork done (with results IN) before it is administered.

      • From c. struble on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?


        I just read your posting. My 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier’s back leg is having laser treatment on it, for a torn ligament. It is working wonderful. This is instead of giving her Rimadyl. I’am so sorry about the loss of your great friend. I’m reading this about a year later, but I so appreciate though your pain and grief, you had the courage to write about your experience with this drug. You have helped me, and I’am sure many others. Thank you. Your most precious dog will always be with you in spirit.

  • From Katherine Picard on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

    My 10 year old American Bull Terrier who suffers from Arthritis in her hips has been prescribed 100mg Rimadyl in a chewable tab per day and I am scared to death to give her the dose. After reading these sad, sad stories of lost pets I don’t think I want to give this drug to my sweetie pie.. Or, should I cut the tabs in half and give 50mg per day? I want to help take her pain away so I am really torn between trying with this drug or living with watching her slow down a little more every day..Her poor hips just hurt..

    • From alli p on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

      dogs are like people. they do not all react the same way to a drug. i normally halve the dose the vet prescribes at first to see if it’s tolerated. i have 5 large senior dogs in my rescue right now. they all take rimadyl for arthritis. it’s lke any drug. there is no one size fits all.

    • From Tami R on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

      My 11 yr old,100 lb husky mix has blown his acl’s and I was started with 100mg rimadyl twice daily. I found shortly thereafter that he did ok with 50mg/twice daily and my vet said that is perfectly fine. He’s been on this for over a year now and doing very well. I struggle with the question, am I killing my dog with this med or am I helping him live pain free for the remainder of his life…?

      • From Melissa Denzer on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

        I have a 120 lb cane corso Italian mastiff, and at only a year old he tore both his ACLs. Before starting Rimadyl, my vet ran extensive blood testing to make sure my boy was healthy enough to handle the medication. He went back after a month of taking 100 mg tablet chewables twice a day, and had his blood levels checked once again to make sure he was tolerating the medication. He’s now been on Rimadyl for over a year, and every six months he goes in and has his blood checked to make sure there is no organ damage and that he’s still tolerating his medications. After about eight months of Rimadyl, he was unable to sleep at night so my vet added gabapentin to his medications. I give him this only as needed such as when the weather affects his joints or he has an overly active day and he’s very sore. Honestly, I’ve had no problems with Rimadyl for my dog, but if the blood tests ever show there is damage, I may have to revaluate it’s usefulness. Unfortunately, my dog is not a candidate for surgery, so if his medication is unable to aide him on his pain, I will have to consider putting him down. If it weren’t for this medication, I would have had to put my boy down about a year ago. He’s a little over two years old now, and I know every day I get with him is a blessing. But I agree with you when you are thinking to yourself “is short term pain relief worth long term damage to my dog?” I know, in my dogs situation, he wouldn’t have a long term if I couldn’t make his short term mostly pain free and enjoyable. I’m so sorry to hear that people have lost dogs to this medication, and all I can think is maybe if you are thinking about this medication for your dog, have blood tests ran to make sure your dog will tolerate it.

  • From Laura on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

    My 11 1/2 year old boxer, Jax, passed away the morning of 8/7/12. He was given Rimadyl for pain and swelling after having surgery for an ear hematoma on 8/1/12. Before the surgery, he was happy and healthy and full of life. I was never told about the side effects and blindly trusted my vet. I wish I would have checked the drug out before I gave it to him. I am beyond devastated and feel like I have killed my boy. Shame on vets who give it to trusting pet parents without informing them that their pets could die. I’m guessing it must be a drug they can get cheaper than the safer ones. Please, if you are reading this before you give this to your pet…DO NOT give it to them and if you have…STOP immediately! And if you have lost your pet because of this drug…I am deeply sorry for your loss. 🙁

  • From Nancy Manning on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

    I agree, Andrea. Our 12 year old dog was running on the beach in May. She was prescribed Rimadyl two weeks ago and died suddenly this Wednesday. We are devastated by her passing and I wish that I never gave her this drug under the guidance of her vet.

    • From Laura on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

      The same thing happened to my dog 5 days after he began to take it. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • From Cindy on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

    My dog died suddenly from Rimadyl in my arms from a seizure,one dose 25 lb Jack Russell on VALENTINES DAY NITE. DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG THIS NO MATTER WHAT, I REPEAT……DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG THIS OR IT WILL DIE IN HOURS. IAM HEARTBROKEN SICK.

    • From Samantha on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

      so sorry for your loss. I know your pain.

  • From andrea on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

    all I know is that rimadyl should come with a warning of death. My darling dog died suddenly – from vomiting blood- on rimadyl. vet gave a 16 lb dog 25 mg a day- and for thirty days.

    • From Nan on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

      My dearest Angel Prince was on this horrible drug Rimadyl.
      Out of no where he began throwing up foam.I was prescribed this for him by a vet in the town I used to live in.I rushed him to the vet.A really stupid Vet.student.She said she was too busy the night before to give him a radiogram.He left me the next am.I could not believe she said this.
      Prince’s blood was never checked by the previous vet for toxins.Blood should always be checked.
      He was my heart and soul.When the vet where I am living now prescribed it for my lab now,I have PTSD from Prince’s.God I miss him.Thank God I had him for 14 years Without this horrible drug.I would have lost him sooner.
      Thank You.
      I waist this drug was off the market but Vets make $

    • From Joy on Rimadyl Overdose: Is Rimadyl dangerous for my dog?

      So sorry Andrea, I thought I was going to lose my dog the other day when he developed seizures and we are travelling remotely in Australia where a nearest vet was 100’s of kms away. I was so scared but luckily stopped his medication immediately and he has come good, we are still a few days away from seeing a vet though. After reading what I have read I am very surprised and upset the vet did not take blood tests or give me any kind of warning, I told her absolutely everything and she let me wander off into the never never with this drug for my dog………I haven’t worked out the conversions yet my dog is 20kg and he was given one 50mg tablet per day

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

    My dog had those skin problems with itching , redness, etc. I took her to a dermatologist
    to a veterinary hospital and it was a classic case of thyroid problems. Once treated with a special skin shampoo from the specialist she is fine. She must take 1 thyroid pill twice a day for the rest of her life. My dog is a lab and is 91/2 years old now. We found her problem when she was 7 yrs. old.

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

    My 12 year old yellow lab has been on Rimadyl treatment plan, however, I noticed the scabs and hair loss with the scabs. He had been licking, scratching etc and is appetite increased. I recently took him off of it (been 2 days) just in time for his yearly check up.

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

    My Yellow Lab has been itching for months, we have had her to the vet numerous of time, given all kinds skin relief itch meds, Genta spray, Miconosol and antibotics No one mentioned about Rimadyle and I did not realize until I looked on the computer just now. She is 12 years old, taking Lasix, stilbestrol, Keflex, Rimadyl, and Butler Schein, Synovial Support Supplement. Also advised to use Oatmeal shampoo and Pyoben medicated shampoo for bath every week for the next several weeks.

    Please advise me, could any of her other medicines cause the skin break out, or just the Rimadyl. What would be a safe medicines to replace the Rimadyl?

    Thanking you in advance for any help, she has been suffering a long time. I feel so stupid, I never thought about the Rimadyl, I thought I was helping by reducing her pain. Annie

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

    My dog was on Rimadyl for about eight days and has been off for a day. Still has same symptoms. Stands in one place and stares into space and doesn’t put his head down when he lies on the floor. I hope this isn’t permanent.

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

    Our dog was just neutered a few days ago , & he started with the same symptoms ur doggie had , should we stop the meds ?

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

    My 15 1/2 year old English Setter was put on Rimadyl because of arthritis in her rear legs. (I also have her on Glucosamine, which works awesome!). Due to her old age, I thought she was just in discomfort and would pant heavily and just pace the floors. She started staring at the wall, her hind legs started collapsing while she was eating, and she was walking crooked bumping into everything.
    My husband and I came to terms with the fact that she is old, and even the Rimadyl isn’t helping her. We decided it was in her best interest if we put her down. So we had an appt for Friday for her to be put down. On Monday, I ran out of her Rimadyl. By Wednesday night I noticed she was more calm, not restless or panting, and wasn’t walking crooked. Thursday, an even more improvement. How could we put her down if we are starting to see an improvement in her. Thursday night we cancelled the appointment. It is now Saturday night and I thank God I ran out of Rimadyl. If I didn’t, my beautiful girl would be gone. DO NOT put your dog on Rimadyl!!! I will be writing a letter to Pfizer letting them know how it almost killed my beautiful girl.

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

    Our 10 yo Springer Spaniel has been on Rimadyl for 2 – 3 months. She has scabs on her back and l area that must be very itchy because she keeps going after that particular area. We’ve noticed these skin issues since being on Rimadyl. We were going to take her to the vet tomorrow but instead she is going to taken off this drug. She has terrible arthritis in her front legs so we will have to investigate other alternatives. The vet didn’t seemed concerned about the skin issues……that bothers me.

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

    My beautiful neufie flat coated retriever Buddy Bear starting bleeding around 6am could not find a vet to come out and put him out of his misery finally got him to vet at 7:30am and had him put to sleep. It was horrible I miss him so much. Be careful with rimadyl. He was on the drug for six days he had high liver levels prior. I wish I had known

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

    My 5 yr. old golden retriever was put on Carprofen for 5 days for injured leg. 3 days after he went off carprofen he started falling, head leaning to the right, nystagmus, loss of balance. Vet says he was not on carprofen long enough for side effects. Inner ear infection was a possibility for loss of balance. He is back on it for leg injury, off for MRI tomorrow as other condition is still the same. Could this be from carprofen! Worried sick!

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

    I am going through the same thing. Adopted a senior dog and the vet prescribed rimadyl for inflammation after his neuter. Within hours the dog can’t pee but tries constantly. Throwing up and lethargic. This is all in the side effects and I’m so mad.

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

    Hi so sorry to hear this. Please take your dog off of ALL pharma meds. There are so many side effects – try a pet pain management clinic that only desls in holistic medicines. I am doing this currently with my 12. 1/2 tear old golden retriever who’s started having seizures after years on Carprofen (generic Rimadyl) and the changes are amazing. The vet had put her on anti-vonvulsant meds, and she was bit doing well eith that med either. I have my dog back, with arthritis and all, amen for that. .

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

    My dog after having been on rimadyl a week is suffering coordination loss- headed to vet in the morning- is there anything I can do to help detox him? He is only four years old and was healthy- vet put him in rimadyl for elbow injury and arthritis- I am worried sick now

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

    STOP the Rimydl asap!!! It caused a huge open ulcer in our Labs stomach, which resulted in surgery and extensive care afterwards. I would never ever give my pet another dose of this lethal drug after extensive research. Check out Dr.Dan the natural pet vet I met him at the equrine affair in OH. He has nothing good to say about Rimydl.

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

    Annie, any one of the medications that your dog is on could be causing her itchy skin. The only way you can tell if you stop them one by one and see if it stops. Or if your dog was never itchy before and then started getting itchy shortly after starting a new drug then its very likely that he/she is allergic to that drug and should be given an alternative. I am a pharmacy technician and I see this all the time in humans too. They start a new drug and have symptoms of an allergic reaction like itching, hives, swelling, redness, skin irritation etc.

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

    I would stop the rimadyl ASAP. My mastiff has horrible skin itchiness the minute she takes it. Your poor baby. Try large doses of fish oil too

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

    My 13 year old Chihuahua had dental surgery a couple of months ago and I’m pretty sure it was Rimadyl liquid i gave her for 10 days after for pain (she had 8 extractions) and now has urinary incontinence! Hoping it is only a temporary thing because it is a lot of work. Male dogs have great little “diaper bands” that velcro around the waist but female dogs are much trickier to diaper – especially skittish types like mine. This is very sad to read about all of those that lost their dogs to incompetence by vets & pfizer. 🙁

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

    That exact thing happened to me on Sunday. One week on the drug and a seizure then rapid decline then couldn’t walk and I had to put him down. All in 24 hours. Heartbreaking.

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

    The same with my Rocky. 12 yr boxer. He was on it for 3 mos. Vet assistant stated the least amount possible. So I gave him the least amount; he @ 100 lbs. . Same as other comments. Eventually he would walk into a corner and couldn’t back up. Then horrible seizures. Vet said not not from rimadyl. Most likely brain tumor. We put him down; now the anniversary is here and I can’t help feeling that I should have read a posting like this before. At a crisis like that, we become vulnerable and depend on doctors, at least I did. Sad lesson learned. I reserve the right to get smarter…

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

    That is what is happening to my dog. Thank you for posting. She has only been on it for a week and she has everything that you stated.

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

    This sounds just like my 11 year old Dioji. He’s been on carprofen sincefor 6 days. Yesterday and today I noticed he is walking around drunk almost. He can’t stand up or turn or even put his foot down. We have a follow up appointment in 2 days we stopped the medication and are hoping he will come out of it soon

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

    This is exactly what is happening to our mastiff. He’s 11 years old and came up lame just walking in the park yesterday. He’s on Rimadyl twice a day. last night I gave an additional dose with the lameness and he got worse. This morning he’s a little better. I stopped the rimadyl and hope to see more improvement today and tomorrow. He’s a very happy boy and has no lack of appetite and still wanted to go for his walk this a.m. We left him home while we walked the others and he was able to do all his business outside this a.m. I will keep a close watch on him.

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

    My eight year old miniature schnauzer just went through this just like your german shepherd. She is out of the hospital now. She had to have iv fluids and a transfusion. We are watching her very closely and are at blood tests every two weeks for right now. This has been awful.

    Damn these drug companies who lie and cheat just for money.

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

    Hi Maryann, how has your German Shepard done since the overdose of Rimadyl? I would love to know anything you can tell me about what worked or didn’t work in your case. I had to leave two of my dogs tonight at an emergency clinic to have the same process of flushing with fluids performed for at least 24 hours. Apparently the only solution to the pollution is dilution. One of my dogs is a 35kg English Chocolate Lab, and the other is an 8kg Cockapoo. The number of Rimadyl eaten was about 30-35 chew tablets that were 100mg each. The cockapoo unfortunately began projective vomiting while we were at the vet with the lab – we thought there was no way in the world the smaller dog could have even gotten the cap off, but the vomit was without a doubt composed of a sandy looking material with the exact same texture and color of the chewable form of Rimadyl. I can’t stand not knowing what’s going to happen!

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

    Joe our bullmastiff was neutered and came home with carprofen Thursday. Had it at vet Thursday. We gave him 2 doses on Friday. Saturday morning throwing up. Discontinued it. Sunday blood all in his bed from his rectum area. Neutering area was fine, no fever. Went to animal hospital. Bloody diareah vomiting. They gave us famotidine and sucralfate and Hydrated him Within 12 hour between doses he ate a little and drank water no blood . 2 hours before 2nd dose. Vomited and bled from rectum again. Watered down blood. Went back to hospital. They gave him shot of cerenia to stop vomiting for 24 hours sent pills home to use as needed. He has no appetite. But I think he is exhausted. Sleeping (I am monitoring his breathing). Now has flipped over on his back with 4 legs up like he does. I believe his body is starting to relax finally. No appetite still. Not drinking water. He is 2 years old 125#. Sleeps most of 15 hours a day when healthy. No sleep last 2 days for none of us. Is this the right counter action for him from the carprofen. Hard for me to tell if he is exhausted and recovering or getting more larthagic. No diareah or vomiting all night No blood.

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

    I’m having this problem now. Can’t sleep trying to figure out my Chihuahua’s problems to his urinating while sleeping & even leaking. He’s so lethargic & has no energy. For sure I’ll not give him any more of the Rimadyl.
    Your posting helped…. Thank You

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

    Yes, we do! My 2 year old lab is peeing herself! I got a shock and researched! Yes, it’s Rimadyl and this was the last pill she swallowed of it!!!! My poor girl.

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

    OK my minpin was just given this medicine she weighs 17 lbs I have to go take car in to shop and am afraid to leave her alone , any suggestions

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

    My dog boxer had a perfect physical on Monday she is 91/2 a little pain in her leg I did gave her remidol as needed when they first prescribed that to her only half of the pill, because I notice she was acting weared. After the physical the doctor said that she heard a chat that results was better if given as directed 1 tablet every 12 hrs. In the tuesday or wendesday after starting her regularly she had a siezure increased to 2 the next day and 3 withing 24 hours, called the doctor and gave her seizure medicine they told me to continued the remidol I did she was acting like confused, had problems walking, seemed like staring but like she could not see, acted clumsy , could not coordinate and started to fall and stumble, I researched on my own and notice the side effects. Took her to the doctor once I stopped the medication by the next day she was alert and happy but now she is urinating while sleeping and seemed to have problems holding her pee the doctor just called me and told me that she is having problems with her liver. I feel so sad and devasted she also was panthing really bad. Please do not give the medicine unless you are sure that is not causing any damage. I thought for sure I was going to have put her to sleep, still she is not good still looks somewhat sad and problems with urinating in the house that she never did before.

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

    My Border Collie was started on Rimadyl a week ago and started urinating in the bed the last two nights. I am taking her off it and going back on meloxicam

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

    Thank you, thank you for this information. My shepherd/husky/lab mix has been on Rimadyl for 4 days, after 2 days, I halved the dose instead of the 75 mg. Today he peed in the house. He had no idea he was doing it.

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

    You should look for a new vet b/c your vet is incompetent or completely lacking knowledge of the possible side effects of medications he/she is prescribing.

    Don’t think that just b/c a vet went to veterinary school and is “technically” a doctor that they can’t be incompetent or make serious mistakes. This also goes for human doctors too. None of them are infalliable.

    As a pharmacy technician I see medication mistakes from doctors all the time.

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

    Rimadyl was prescribed by my vet after she started to have hip (joint problems); 8 days later she became unable to stand, unstable and seeked a hiding place. After an hour or so she could not hold up her head; we rushed her to the vet hospital and she died enroute. Afterward friends told me that there has been problems with this drug. I am thinking of legal recourse as this occurance resembles other fatilities..Dave Rupert

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

    Has he skin problems and hair loss improved. Just took my dog off the pass 3 days. How long before the hair grows back?

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

    All too often, people will only report bad things which leads pet owners to worry, sometimes needlessly. My 4 year old Lhasa has been put on rimadyl short term for inflammation of a disc in his spine, he’s been on it around 5 days and so far so good. However I’m watching him extremely closely for any adverse reactions to the drug.
    He appears to be a lot more comfortable, his happy go lucky attitude to life has returned and he’s not growling at us when we go to pick him up any more so I believe it’s helping him. He even seems to be more puppy like and wanting to run and play ( not easy when he’s supposed to be on cage rest) his appetite hasn’t changed, nor have his drinking or toilet habits. He’s only on it for 10 days then we return to the vets for a follow up to assess his condition.
    I have to add that although extremely sad to read of the bad reactions to rimadyl people’s dogs have experienced, all the dogs in question are a lot older and may have already had undetected medical issues. If it’s helping your dog that’s fantastic and like you’ve said a few skin issues is a minor side effect and your dog isn’t crippled. Try extra virgin coconut oil for the skin issues, my Lhasa has skin issues anyway, he always has had them but coconut oil has worked wonders. You can also use it topically as well as in the food. My dog takes it right off the spoon.

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

    My old dog took Rimadyl for one week before having some kind of seizure/stroke and had to be put down. My vet reassured me it was not the drug – my advise to my vet is they should keep an open mind. Coincidence maybe, but maybe not.

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

    I am officially freaking out. My lab just had surgery to remove a mass from his tail. They advised me to give him a dose of Rimadyl when we got home. I did and now he can barely hold his head up, I had to help him stand and he’s whining.
    Needless to say he won’t be getting any more.
    Praying that this passes through his system quickly.

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

    Yes, as you’re now aware not just your dog had devastating side effects. I think the hardest thing is feeling responsible and as far as I can see more people will go through this. Have you completed a Suspected Adverse Effect form on the Veterinary Medicines Directorate? I lost a beautiful gentle dog and got talking today to somebody else who thinks he lost his dog needlessly. It was heartbreaking. The only way we can stop other dogs and their owners going through this is to address it. My heart goes out to you, these drug manufacturers aren’t going to respond to these issues unless they have to. Like you, if I ever knew somebody whose dog was prescribed this drug I’d advise them to think very carefully. I have so many regrets.

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

    7-21-15 vet prescribed RIMADYL for luxating patella. 12 lb. 4 oz pom.
    2 P.m. 1 St dose of 25 mg. Given after food. Chicken & rice. 7-22-15, 3:30-4 a.m awake to vomiting. 7-22-15 12 P.m. she is again vomiting.

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

    My dog juno was given rimadyl for back problem. Within 2 hours of taking the med he had a bad seizures and by the time I made it to the vet he had a stroke. Juno was 13 and I had no idea there was a problem with this drug. I would not recommend this to anyone. Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem. Please leave me a message on my email address.

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

    My German Shepherd 4 y.o. was put on Rimadyl this past Friday as a pain/anti inflammatory med for a lump found on her muzzle. There was no dx this was just to help with the swelling along with an anitbiotic. Today is Tuesday and she can no longer climb the stairs in our house! She was perfectly fine on Friday so far as her legs were concerned! I called the vet and they got me an appointment tomorrow afternoon….ugh. Needless to say I HAVE STOPPED the meds, not that they told me to…and her lump hasn’t changed. Hopefully I’ve caught this in time. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story.

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

    7-21-2015 vet prescribed RIMADYL for luxating patella. Give with food. She is 12 lb.4 oz pom. 2 P.m.fed her & gave her prescribed dose of 25 mg. 3:30-4 a.m 7-22-15. Vomiting. 12 P.m. 7-22-15 Vomiting. Never again. This will go in the trash as I suspected after much debate at home….the vet knows she has(had) ITP, & prednisone was prescribed, after that Debacle” & serious issues, we weaned & tried Vitamin K, which was effective. & continued use for over a year. Despite the vets insisting ” You Will Kill Her” look doc, I love Bella for Free, You charged me big bucks for your time, I would seriously question who is invested more in a sick animal. I assure you it’s Not Me. She is once again, sicker under the care of the vet. That ends again. Now

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

    My 9 year old dauschund was prescribed Rimadyl, after I gave it to him he started panting very heavily and it sounded like his throat was closing. I called the vet and they were out of the office because of an ice storm we had where I live, she told me to give him a benadryl. this medicine killed my dog 2 hours later and he bled out. Please do not give this to your dogs!!! I am so heartbroken over this.

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

    My Vet gave my 11 year oold rimadyl for a week for a strained leg…Sophie was limping. He knew she was in mild kidney failure. After a week, she was shivering terribly. I brought her back to Vet and her kidney values were much higher. She was put on iv fluids but kidney values continue to get worse. Her kidneys are so damaged from Rimadyl they are shot and Sophie has to be euthanized today.

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

    I was wondering how your dog was doing? I took my 1 yr old mastiff to the vet for a swollen leg due to running so fast he must have spranged his leg. They prescribed him rimadyl 100mg twice a day for 5 days I only gave it to him for 3 and I stopped. But I have notice his coat has spots missing. I will be talking to my vet tomorrow.

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

    I have 9# dach/chi mix. Just dx with IVDD Sunday jan 4,2014. Was prescribed rimadel 2x
    Per day. Now I am questioning this medication.

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

    It’s like reading my own story. Best dog I ever had, happened so quick, from healthy dog to PTS. 8 days on Rimadyl. Not told about side effects. So very sorry.

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


    What ever happened to your dog when you took him off.

    We put our lab reteriver on 11/1 in the evening. On the mornng of 11/2 he had a golf ball size lump over his eye we thought was a bee sting. His nose and around his eyes swelled up by 11/3.

    As of yesterday we took him off Rimadyl and are trying to find out from other sources what we should do.

    Did the swelling go down on it own?

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

    my 5 year old german shepard is in icu with iv’s to flush it out if the kidney levels do not go up he could die.

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

    Annette, facial swelling means that your dog is allergic to Rimadyl. The facial swelling of the lips and face happens to some humans who take NSAIDs (which Rimadyl is) especially advil and aleve. There’s no way your vet could tell ahead of time that your dog was allergic, but you should stop giving your medicine immediately.

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

    Did the vet give you an alternative drug that is working without the horrible side effects that you experienced? My lab is limping and has been on previcox which seemed to work well but was causing diarrhea and panting. I then tried derramaxx and she is having same problems plus teeth chatter and keeps hiding in my closet because that’s where she goes when she is afraid of something. She is a very active 12 yr old yellow lab and is like my child so I am desperate to find help for her.

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

    Try diatomaceous earth FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH it must be FOOD GRADE.
    Lots of people say it helps with arthritis for their dogs and has many other benefits without these nasty side effects. It is inexpensive too and all natural.

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

    My male Lab developed CHF when he was 12, and he was NEVER on Rimadyl. After 9 months and about 5K in meds, I finally had to put him down… not because of his heart but because his hips got so bad.
    My female will be 13 next month and she had gotten to where she could barely get up and down, and just walked out in the yard. I put her on Rimadyl 6 weeks ago (after my awesome vet said his was on it the last 6 years of her life … and she died at 14)….. now my female is running around the yard, bouncing through the house and even chasing the ball – provided I don’t throw it too far. I would rather have her 6 more months feeling this good than 2 more years like she was. Now it is all about quality over quantity!

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

    Hi Lynn, My dog Miracle passed away also. My mom and I took her in to get fixed on May 30, 2014. She was prescribed Rimadyl for her pain. I wasn’t told all of the side effects of Rimadyl. I was told 2 of the side effects which was could cause vomiting and / or diahrea. She was panting heavy a little bit of blood came out of her mouth and then passed away on May 31, 2014. Every thing happened so quick I didn’t make it to the emergancy vet with her. She was the best dog I have ever had. I still miss her and love her a lot to this day.

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

    We just buried our 15 year old dog on Friday. He had some difficulty walking and my husband to him to he vet. He also was having difficulty controlling his bowel movements and kidneys. The vet prescribed Rimadyl. I had no idea of the side effects. He was eating fine before he went. He didn’t seem to have the appetite he usually did. On Wednesday, he was lying on the floor and started to shake and his legs went straight out. He weren’t sure what had happened to him but when we took him to the vet she said he had a seizure by Friday he couldn’t event get up. My husband took him to the vet and she told him his back legs were done. We had him put to sleep. I thought he seemed to be worse after we had given him the medicine but did not know of any side effects and he was fifteen. I attributed it to old age. We had taken him to different vets.

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

    DO NOT give your dog any form of aspirin or ibuprofen. I just went through this with a friend who’s dog died from ibuprofen side effects. It can and will burn holes in their stomachs and cause organ failure. He died within two days of administration. It is a slow and painful death and it is NOT worth the risk by any means. DO NOT DO IT PLEASE.

  • From denise b. on What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

    YES after being on this medication for nerve damage in a leg i was told to give her aspirin because she was arthitic she was put down yesterday because of the side effects. lesson learned the hard way

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

    I was giving 1/4 baby aspirin to my chihuahua for arthritis. Vet said stop and give Rimydal. I did. She started stumbling and holding head sideways and back legs became paralysed. I thought she was having a stroke. I gave her 1/4 baby aspirin. The next day started range of motion therapy myself on her back legs. I stopped the Rimydal and continued 1/4 baby aspirin daily. It has been 2 weeks. She stopped the stumbling in 2 days and her legs improved in 2 days. She is 13 y/o. I will give her baby aspirin as needed for arthritis and WILL NEVER give her Rimydal again.

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


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


    I am hoping this reaches you. My shepherd went blind over night on the second day of rimadyl. Please write me if you receive this….we are feeling desperate!

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

    I think it killed my dog as well. Very heavy panting and then he was bleeding from the mouthand just died. The vet didn’t tell me about any side effects.

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

    This took place at 3 am we don’t have emergency vet service. I was just trying to get him to hold until the clinic opened.

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

    Please be very cautious in giving Metacam to your dog. Our Molly, 95 lb 13 year old Lab, took Metacam for about a year. She woke up vomiting early one morning. After several X-rays it was determined that she had a tumor on her spleen. During surgery to remove her spleen the surgeon discovered a large ulcer on her stomach which was the cause of the vomiting. Thankfully, Molly has fully recovered from surgery and the tumor was benign but it was tough going for awhile. In post op consultation the surgeon said the ulcer was absolutely caused by the Metacam and to stop giving it to Molly immediately. Our other Lab, 9 year old Daisy, has been taking Rimadyl daily for about 2 years. It has helped ease the discomfort of her arthritis but having read so many sad stories on this post I am wondering what I can use to substitute for Rimadyl. We have Daisy’s liver function tested every 3 months, so far so good. Without Rimadyl she doesn’t want to go for the walks that she dearly loves. What do I do now? Daisy gets acupuncture and cold laser treatments every week but still needs something for pain. Trauma doll helps but makes her lethargic.

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

    Anne, any dog that is put on Rimadyl for more than two weeks should have their blood check for liver problems regularly. If your vet did not recommend this then he/she is incompetent and is to blame for your dog’s passing.

    That would be like a human doctor prescribing a drug that clearly states that it should not be given to humans who already have existing liver problems or who does not tell you to get regular blood tests when the information on the drug clearly states that blood tests are normal protocol.

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

    Susan, your vet is obviously incompetent. Putting a dog on Rimadyl that has even mild kidney failure is totally wrong. Your vet should already know that the manufacturer and FDA say NOT to give Rimadyl to any dogs with one iota of kidney or liver problems. Being a pharmacy tech for humans, even I know that. Your vet is completely at fault for your dog’s passing.

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

    My greyhound mix coon dog had tremors also, even when I cut her dosage in half. She needs it for joint pain because she is limping, so I’m backing off to a quarter of the dose. Can’t believe some vets don’t know all the side effects of Rimadyl after reading the testimonies. I think there is a profit to be made by vets sponsoring the pharmaceutical companies! That’s the medical industry for ya!

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

    I just wanna tell u I’m so sorry u had to say goodbye to your great friend. My 15yr old Lab was jus put on this dangerous med a week ago, and I’m taking her off it today after reading your post. I pray you’ll find some peace. in this horrific time.

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

    As a phamacy tech I can tell you that elderly dogs develop CHF just like elderly humans do. If your dog is over the age of 12 (about 80 years old in human years) then it probably isn’t the drug that’s causing heart problems. CHF is just a disease of old age.

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

    My 12 yr. Old lab was on Rimadyl for about 7 months.I came home one day and he didn’t greet me.I found him in my sons room and couldn’t get up.when he finally was able to get up he was walking backwards, circling and seemed paralyzed. Then he started to shake and teeth were chattering. Rushed him to vet.Vet says it was a seizure but not from rimadyl.However, I disagree. His liver enzymes doubled from 3 months ago.I took him off despite what vet said.He is improving greatly.If they want liver enzymes checked every 3 months, then why are vets saying its not from Rimadyl? It can’t be safe if then.

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

    Sorry for your loss Anndanelle! My vet suspects bone cancer too with my coon dog, but was more recently diagnosed with Ehrlichia, so I’m treating with Doxycycline and Rimadyl, and chose on my own to cut dosages way down due to the side effects and substancial weight loss. Euthanasia was the best choice for your dog. There is a quality of life euthanasia scale on line to score when making that decision objectively.

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

    See my testimony above. My coon dog also exhibits signs of paralysis in the left hind leg with a staggering gait, narrow base of support, and still limps on her front right leg. Don’t know if its from the brown dog tick ehrlichia or the Rimadyl.

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

    I lost my 2 year old dobie after a misdiagnosis of arthritis and one month of Rimadyl before the ortho diagnosed her with a ligament injury. The first vet never mentioned the awful side effects of this drug. We battled liver failure for 4 months before we lost her. I miss her terribly and am so angry for this needless loss. Terrible terrible drug. Anne

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

    Our Candy girl is 13 1/2, choc. lab. Vet started her on Rimadyl about a yr ago.
    Ran a complete check on her organs before taking it. Everything was fine. The Rimadyl helped tremendously with her arthritis. Up until last 2 months, she has had no visible side effects. What I’ve noticed is heavy panting at night, and at times just seemed to be too tired to move during the day, (which I contributed to her age) but my biggest concern is her appetite. It has decreased a lot. There would be some days when she wouldn’t eat at all. I have finally contributed it to the Rimadly.
    After almost a week of not taking it, (giving it to her) she has eaten much better the last day and 1/2. I’ve been reading all these concerns and problems this morning and am so upset about the side effects that everyone is having. I don’t think I will give her it anymore, but without it I feel she is in pain with her arthritis. I don’t know what else to give her with out causing other problems.

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

    was your dog able to get through this? I hope it did, and would like to hear the news of this.

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

    So your dog’s lungs were filled with fluids? Did he have a head tilt at any point?

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

    Frankhurd did your dog recover fully? How is she right now? This is in line with my dog’s symptoms.

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

    How long was Yogi on rimadyl?

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

    I just experienced the same thing with my German Shepherd. He was doing fine then got very lethargic and confused, stumbling around, then could not get up. Panting very heavy ten he died in my arms. He was great health except for developing a limp. I think this medicine killed my Yogi.

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