Treating Arthritis With Rimadyl for Dogs

Rimadyl for dogs is an NSAID prescription drug which has become one of the most popular prescribed treatments for canine arthritis related pain and inflammation.

Forms of Rimadyl

Rimadyl treatment is administered in one of three forms; chewable flavored tablets, injectable liquid and caplets. Your vet will choose which is best for your dog's situation. Response to treatment can vary but can also be quite dramatic. In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days after the first treatment.

Side Effects of Rimadyl

A number of both mild and serious side effects are associated with Rimadyl, as with all NSAID drugs. These include; vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, changes in appetite and weight loss. Serious side effects such as liver and kidney damage and perforation or bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract are also possible.

Preventing Problems from the Use of Rimadyl

Before you begin treatment with Rimadyl, give your vet a full medical history. Tell your vet about all other medications your dog is taking. Tell your vet if your dog is pregnant, or if you plan to breed your dog. Tell your vet if your dog has previously experienced side effects from Rimadyl or any other NSAIDs, including aspirin and describe any previous medical problems involving digestive upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea), liver disease, kidney disease or bleeding disorders.

Ask your vet about preliminary blood screening tests before your dog starts treatment with Rimadyl and discuss planning periodic blood tests during the course of treatment. This monitoring can help prevent or avoid the most dangerous side effects associated with Rimadyl.

Be alert for any of the following symptoms:

* Decrease in appetite (any unusual changes in appetite) * Change in drinking habits (frequency or amount consumed) * Vomiting * Change in bowel movements (diarrhea, black, tarry or bloody stools) * Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell) * Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, lack of coordination or aggression) * Jaundice - Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes * Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching) * Unexpected weight loss * Bleeding gums

Remember, if Rimadyl is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back, however, if you notice unusual new problems or symptoms, stop administering the medication and contact your vet immediately.

Dogs that have had allergic reactions to any NSAID drug should not be given Rimadyl. Such reactions would include hives, red or itchy skin or facial swelling. Rimadyl should not be given with any other NSAID. Rimadyl is for dogs only. Cats should never take Rimadyl.

Consult your vet before giving your dog any other medications with Rimadyl. This includes non prescription medications.

If your dog eats too much Rimadyl call your veterinarian immediately.

To report a suspected adverse reaction, call Pfizer Animal Health at 1-800-366-5288.