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Product Description

Rimadyl treats inflammation and pain from joint diseases such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. It is also an effective fever reducer.

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. It 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?

For dogs ages 6 weeks and up.

Why use Rimadyl Chewables?

Features of Rimadyl:
  • Relieves joint pain in dogs
  • Safe for long-term use
  • Chewable and easy to administer

How does Rimadyl Chewables work?

Like other NSAID medications, carprofen's means of action is thought to inhibit activity of cyclooxygenase.

Manufacturer:

Zoetis

Active ingredient(s):

Carprofen

How is Rimadyl Chewables sold?

Rimadyl chewable tablets are sold by prescription only and come in 25mg, 75mg, or 100mg of carprofen per tablet. Each tablet is scored and comes in bottles containing 30, 60, or 180 tablets. Rimadyl tablets are also available individually.

What are the side effects of Rimadyl Chewables?

Pet owners should be aware of potential side effects and the clinical signs associated with them. These may include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Dark or tarry stools
  • Increase in urination
  • Increase in water consumption
  • Yellowing of skin, whites of eyes, or gums caused by jaundice
  • Pale gums caused by anemia
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Incoordination
  • Changes in behavior
Serious side effects associated to NSAIDs may occur suddenly and, in rare cases, may result in death. Discontinue use of Rimadyl and contact your veterinarian right away if you observe intolerance to this drug.

Most patients who experience adverse side effects have recovered upon withdrawal of the drug and appropriate care of a veterinarian.

Pet owners should be aware of the importance of occasional follow-up visits for dogs being treated with any NSAID.

What special precautions are there?

Not safe for use in cats.

Do not use Rimadyl in dogs who have shown prior carprofen hypersensitivity.

What to do if overdose?

In case of overdose, contact your closest emergency animal hospital.

How can I store Rimadyl Chewables?

Store at room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).

Helpful Tips:

Most dogs find Rimadyl chewables to be palatable and willingly consume them when offered. They may be placed in food or hand-fed. Pet owners should ensure that their dog consumes the entire dose.

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.

Overview

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.

Main Ingredients

Carprofen

 

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.  Allivet.com 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. Allivet.com 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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