Rimadyl was released by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in 1997 as a new “wonder drug” treatment for arthritis and joint problems in dogs. However, although Rimadyl is very effective in reducing inflammation and pain in affected dogs, it is now known to cause a number of potentially serious side effects in dogs, particularly the Labrador retriever breed of dog.
Before being prescribed Rimadyl, it is very important that a veterinarian runs blood tests on your dog to rule out any underlying health problems that could lead to a reaction with Rimadyl. If the results indicate that the dog might already have impaired liver function, use of Rimadyl should be ruled out immediately as it could lead to serious illness or death. Dogs with kidney disease or bleeding disorders should also not be prescribed Rimadyl.
Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation due to arthritis and other joint diseases, including hip dysplasia. It’s also used to reduce pain associated with surgery or dental procedures, as well as to reduce fever. … Rimadyl requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Rimadyl (Carprofen) is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like aspirin or Advil. … All NSAIDs (not just the Rimadyl) can cause the same sinister side effects in dogs as in humans: gastrointestinal bleeding and liver disease (not liver cancer). Both are potentially deadly to dogs.
For example, many people want to know if Rimadyl makes dogs sleepy, and your vet can best answer this question. … Some canines experience soft stools when taking Rimadyl, but this is not a serious side effect. Other side effects include black stools, lethargy, increased thirst, seizures and itching of the skin.
One dog may react badly to Rimadyl and tolerate Deramaxx. … However, they are potent pain killers, and they give some arthritic dogs new leases on life. For most dogs, the benefits outweigh the risks. Long-term use of prescription NSAIDs is safe for most dogs.
Rimadyl is an anti-inflammatory medication to treat dogs with osteoarthritis, as well as pain and fever. … Unlike Rimadyl, Galliprant is a fairly new drug on the market that has proven to be effective in the treatment of inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis.
So, how long does Rimadyl stay in a dog’s system? When the medication is given to your canine, about 90 percent of the drug is absorbed. The medication is typically effective about one to three hours after administration, and the half-life of the medicines is about eight hours on average.
The chewable tablets are liver flavored and dogs have no qualms about taking them. … In fact, when a dog ingests too much Rimadyl the results can be life threatening. Toxicity. Rimadyl toxicity can also happen even if the prescribed dosage is given.
What are the Rimadyl side effects in dogs?
The majority of dogs suffer no side effects from taking Rimadyl, but a small minority unfortunately DO experience serious side effects as a result of taking the drug, so it is very important that you are vigilant at all times and monitor your dog for signs or symptoms of a potentially life threatening reaction to Rimadyl. For reasons as yet unknown, Labrador retrievers are particularly at risk of serious side effects cause by Rimadyl and should not be prescribed Rimadyl.
Side effects of Rimadyl include:
Within a time frame of one to three hours the following symptoms can become visible in your dog with respect to how much Rimadyl was administered to your dog.
Symptoms to watch for are:
A loss of appetite and unwillingness to drink
Changes in urination patterns: sweet smelling urine, blood in the urine, and/or urinating far more than usual
Vomit or stools containing blood
Changes in skin, including scabs, redness, itching
Change in normal temperament: lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, aggressiveness, hyperactivity
Stumbling, staggering, partial or full paralysis
Jaundice: yellow whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes
The side effects of Rimadyl are mostly attributable to liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal problems: in some dogs, Rimadyl causes ulceration and bleeding in the gut, damage to the kidney function, and liver failure due to Hepatotoxicity, all of which are potentially fatal.
Side effects of Rimadyl can occur with hours of taking the drug, which is why pet owners must be extremely vigilant once Rimadyl has been administered to their dog. In other dogs, adverse symptoms do not appear until a few days have passed. Initially the dog might seem a little off colour—perhaps off its food and more lethargic than normal.
What should I do if my dog appears to be suffering from Rimadyl side effects?
If your dog has been given Rimadyl and you suspect it has had an adverse reaction to the drug, there are a number of steps you should take without delay. Firstly stop giving Rimadyl to your dog immediately, and then take the dog to your veterinarian clinic and tell them you suspect Rimadyl toxicity is the culprit. If the adverse effects of Rimadyl are caught quickly enough, the right course of treatment can be given and the dog should recover. However, it is a good idea to keep accurate records of your dog’s symptoms and treatment in the event that you need to make a claim against Pfizer for a refund of your veterinarian expenses.