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Rimadyl Dog Arthritis and Pain
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Rimadyl Chewables

What is Rimadyl Chewables?
Rimadyl (carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) of the propionic acid class that includes ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen.

Rimadyl is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.

Who is Rimadyl Chewables for?
Dogs 6 weeks or older.

Why use Rimadyl Chewables?
Joints pain relief for dogs that is easy to adminster chewable tablet,and can be used for long term treatment.

How Rimadyl Chewables work?
Rimadyl is used in the treatment of pain either for short term or long term use.

Generic Brands:
Vetprofen, Novox

Rimadyl( Carprofen ) Pfizer Animal Health

Active ingredient(s):

How is Rimadyl Chewables sold?
Rimadyl chewable tablets are scored, and contain 25 mg, 75 mg, or 100 mg of carprofen per tablet. Each tablet size is packaged in bottles containing 30, 60, or 180 tablets. Rimadyl is sold by prescription only.

What are the side effects of Rimadyl Chewables?
Rimadyl, like other drugs of its class, is not free from adverse reactions. Owners should be advised of the potential for adverse reactions and be informed of the clinical signs associated with drug intolerance. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or tarry stools, increased water consumption, increased urination, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, skin or white of the eye due to jaundice, lethargy, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death (see Adverse Reactions). Owners should be advised to discontinue Rimadyl therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if signs of intolerance are observed. The vast majority of patients with drug related adverse reactions have recovered when the signs are recognized, the drug is withdrawn, and veterinary care, if appropriate, is initiated. Owners should be advised of the importance of periodic follow up for all dogs during administration of any NSAID.

What special precautions are there?
Rimadyl should not be used in dogs exhibiting previous hypersensitivity to carprofen. Do not use in cats.

What to do if overdose?
Consult your nearest emergency animal hospital.

How can I store Rimadyl Chewables?
Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).

The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb 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 twice daily. For the control of postoperative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure.

Rimadyl chewable 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.


Canine arthritis is no joke!


This painful condition can leave your dog miserable. The most common form of arthritis in dogs is osteoarthritis which causes the inflammation of a joint or joints.  Canine arthritis can affect your dog’s neck, hips, shoulders, elbows and back.  This debilitating disease affects mostly older dogs, but may also affect younger ones as well.

Arthritis may occur in dogs because of various reasons.  Some causes are traumatic injury, extreme obesity, a genetic weakness and improper bone development.  Arthritis is a disease which usually takes quite a bit of time to develop.  If detected and treated in its early stages, the overall outcome is generally better.  No one wants to see their dog suffer.  That’s why it’s important for dog owners to receive ample information about this disease and have their dog treated as early as possible.  


Dogs with arthritis can’t tell you they’re hurting.  Instead, dog owners need to be able to recognize the warning signs.  One common symptom of arthritis is lameness or limpness in one or more legs.  If you notice your dog favoring one leg more than the other, it may be a sign of arthritis.  Dogs may also whimper or moan when one or more of their joints are touched.  Another way to watch for canine arthritis is to see if your dog has trouble jumping up on the furniture or shows difficulty climbing into the car.  A dog suffering with arthritis will usually sleep more and show signs of lethargy.  An arthritic dog may have joints which appear swollen and his movements may be stiff or awkward.  If your dog shows any of these symptoms, it’s important to take him to the veterinarian for an evaluation. 


It’s crucial to have your dog examined by a professional if you suspect he has arthritis.  At the clinic, the veterinarian should give your dog a thorough examination and check for tenderness in the joints.  The veterinarian may also take x-rays and perform an analysis of your dog’s joint fluid.  If your dog is diagnosed with canine arthritis, you will need to discuss the possible forms of treatment with the veterinarian.  Always ask the veterinarian first before giving any pain medication to your dog.  Some human drugs may be harmful to them. 


One of the most common forms of arthritis treatment is drug therapy.  The veterinarian may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication as well as a pain reliever. carries a wide selection of anti-inflammatory and pain medication such as Rimadyl, Metacam Oral Suspension, Deramaxx Tablets, Adequan Injectable, and Sarapin. 


Another component of the treatment might include a weight-loss program.  Obesity is a major problem for quite a few dogs diagnosed with arthritis.  Losing weight may help alleviate some of the stress on the joints. Allivet Pet Pharmacy carries dietary food such as Purina Canine Overweight Management Formula, Purina JM Joint Mobility Formula and Vetri Lean Tablets, a weight loss support supplement for dogs.  Proper exercise and better eating habits should be important parts of a dog’s weight-loss program. 


Many people have found that canine dietary supplements help combat the effects of arthritis. Your veterinarian may suggest giving your dog supplements containing Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega fatty acids, and Hyaluronic Acid HA. carries a wide selection of Pets joint supplement such as Cosequin, Conquer K9, Glyco-Flex, and Synovi-G3. View them all. Another form of treatment that might help your dog is pet massage.  This treatment may alleviate some of your arthritic dog’s joint discomfort and make him feel more comfortable. 


There are some things dog owners can do around the house in order to make life easier for the arthritic dog.  Providing your dog with a well-cushioned sleeping area is a good first step. Also, raising the food and water dishes may also be a good idea. Leashes such as Bottom’s up Leash work by supporting a portion of the dog’s hind legs during activities. Your dog may appreciate not having to bend quite so far for his food and water.  Applying moist heat to your dog’s affected joints by using a hot water bottle may give him some relief.  Make sure that your dog does not stay wet for any length of time because this may make his symptoms worse.  Always keep your arthritic dog as warm and as dry as you can.  Installing ramps in the house in order to lessen the stress of climbing stairs is also an option.  Some dog owners purchase special dog steps which eliminate the need for unnecessary jumping. 


Canine arthritis can make your dog miserable, but it is treatable.  Dog owners need to watch for possible signs of canine arthritis.  Visit the veterinarian if your dog shows difficulty climbing or jumping, whimpers or moans from joint pain, moves stiffly, or has swollen joints.  Various treatment options are available.  Drug therapy, controlling obesity and dietary supplements are all possibilities in the fight against canine arthritis.  Changing some aspects of your dog’s environment may help as well.  With the right amount of medical treatment and lots of loving care, arthritic dogs have a better chance of living happily and comfortably.


By J.S. Gordon - Copyright 2012 Allivet Trusted Pet Pharmacy

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1. Twila Richter on 4/11/2014 said:
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2. Cindy Jones on 7/31/2013 said:
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Rimadyl is awesome for joint pain relief, my dog takes it as a treat
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3. Anonymous on 12/11/2012 said:
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what reactions can be expected from the dog after taking rimadyl
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4. Anonymous on 8/15/2012 said:
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I've been using Rimadyl on my 12yr old mastiff/black mouth mix now for over two yrs. She's gone off and on the product over the two years and we can definitely tell when she's off. She's had two ACL's repaired (lft rear knee 2x, chasing rabbits) and a front fractured leg (climbing a tree to get a squirrel)in her lifetime. Without Rimadyl I honestly think we would have put her down by now. I've had her since she was a pup and she was so active over her youth I hated to see her dwindle to a couch potato and do nothing. I highly recommend this product for any dog experiencing inflammation/pain/arthritis etc.. if you read about it, Europeans take this medication for the same aliments. It might be a bit pricey for animal painmeds but in my mind it is SO worth it. Also as for side affects, just like every human, every dog is different too. I give the pill with a scoop of peanut butter first thing every morning and Littlebit is fine with that. No side affects we've seen over the years. Jenny - Dallas, TX
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5. Anonymous on 7/26/2012 said:
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We first tried the cheaper tablet and could not see much improvement but as soon as our Vet gave us a week's sample, we were sold. Our Boykin Spaniel is just over 10 years old. We hope this will lengthen her life for several years. She actually plays like a puppy again. Thank you for making this product. Lonnie Edwards
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6. Anonymous on 7/13/2012 said:
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best product i have ever tried on my dog will definatley keep ordering for years to come!
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7. Anonymous on 2/17/2012 said:
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11yr old Husky could no longer stand up & fell down a lot due to his back legs (torn ACL, Arthritis, & severe internal rotation). 2weeks later, he's 5 years younger. Still falls down on tile when another dog bumps into him, BUT he now just pops back up & walks no problem. I give w/ his food so no stomach side effects. Bless my vet & this medication!!!
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8. Anonymous on 12/25/2011 said:
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I have been purchasing these from my dog's vet for $65 per 60ct. What is the incentive for purchasing from Allivet and having to wait? i thought there would be some reason for purchasing over the Internet.
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9. Anonymous on 7/19/2011 said:
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My dog has had a partially torn ACL and has pain in all her joints making her walk stiffly especially after activity. Rimadyl really helps her get around better, but it makes her a bit sick to her stomache. It helps alot when I give it to her after she eats instead of on an empty stomache.
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10. Anonymous on 4/18/2011 said:
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My dog had extreme pain and inflammation trying to have a bowel movement due to anal gland infection. She has been on the medication for 3 days now and the pain and inflammtion has reduced and she is more comfortable tho still has to complete the medication for full effect.
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