Rimadyl (Rx)

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  • Dogs
  • Joints
Rimadyl (Rx)

Why our vets recommend it

Rimadyl (a brand name for carprofen) is a trusted and effective treatment for arthritis pain and inflammation in dogs as well as pain after certain surgeries and injuries.

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Medication information

What is Rimadyl?

Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat osteoarthritis (OA) pain and inflammation in dogs, as well as pain following certain surgeries. It comes in easy-to-use caplets and tasty chewables. Studies show that continuous daily treatment with Rimadyl at label dose has been shown to significantly improve the mobility and emotional wellbeing of dogs with OA. In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days.

What does Rimadyl treat?

Common symptoms that Rimadyl treats include:

  • Joint swelling
  • Lethargy
  • Hesitancy to walk or play
  • Stiffness or difficulty getting up
  • Irritability or changes in behavior
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Loss of muscle mass on spine and limbs
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Slow gait
  • Licking of joints
  • Pain, especially when the affected area is touched

Conditions that Rimadyl treats include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Inflammation

How is Rimadyl given?

The recommended dosage of Rimadyl is 2 mg/lb (4.4 mg/kg) of body weight daily. The total daily dose may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb (2.2 mg/kg) twice daily. For the control of postoperative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure. 

Rimadyl caplets and tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half-tablet increments. Tablets can be halved by placing the tablet on a hard surface and pressing down on both sides of the score. 

Rimadyl chewable tablets are palatable and willingly consumed by most dogs when offered by the owner. Therefore, they may be fed by hand or placed on food. Care should be taken to ensure that the dog consumes the complete dose.

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What are the possible side effects of Rimadyl?

Rimadyl is considered relatively safe when used as directed. Common side effects of Rimadyl include vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite, tiredness, behavioral changes, and constipation. For more information about potential adverse events see the prescribing information. If you have questions about any side effects, reach out to your vet.

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