Rimadyl For Dogs As A Pain Reliever
This page contains information relating to the correct dosage of Rimadyl for dogs (also known as vetprofen for dogs), side effects, safety information and more.
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When it comes to pain relief for your dog, it’s not as simple as it is for humans. We have rows and rows of different medicines to choose from when we visit our local pharmacy or doctor’s surgery, however, for dogs, many of our everyday pain relief medications are toxic and too dangerous to use. Even aspirin, which is sometimes prescribed by vets, is more of a last resort pain relief medication for serious cases. However, our furry friends are in luck, because carprofen (popular brand name Rimadyl) is a pain relief drug of the NSAID class used specifically for the treatment of pain in dogs.
Rimadyl dosage for dogs
The recommended dosage of this medication is 1 mg per pound every 12 hours. Never exceed this dosage unless advised otherwise by a professional. Rimadyl is to be administered domestically by mouth, which should be no problem as dogs usually find the medicine to be a treat. If your dog requires longer term treatment you will require guidance from your vet.
Is Rimadyl safe for dogs?
Almost always, the drug is absolutely safe, but you must be aware that there have been severe side effects in a very small minority of dogs in the past, therefore it’s good to practice a policy of only using the drug if needed. It’s also wise to be especially careful when it comes to the dosage you administer. Some of the serious, life-threatening side effects include kidney failure, non-functioning platelets and stomach ulcers.
- Always seek advice from a trained vet prior to using this drug
- Do not use in dogs with kidney problems
- Do not use in dogs with Von Willebrand disease
There have been severe side effects in some dogs so extra care should be taken when using Rimadyl for dogs. Remember to look out for signs of stomach ulceration, such as traces of blood in vomit or stools, and also look out for signs of kidney damage such as an odd increase or decrease in thirst in your pet. If you are not comfortable using this drug on your dog due to the possible side effects, there are other NSAIDs that you may opt for such as etodolac, but many vets around the world trust carprofen. You should only consider treatment with this drug if your dog is in serious pain. In cases where long-term use of this drug is required, it’s wise to monitor your dog with regular blood tests to ensure everything is in order. These regular blood level check ups can be arranged for you by your vet.
Uses of Rimadyl for dogs
The drug Rimadyl is often used on dogs to treat:
It is best to only use carprofen if your dog really needs it. Painkillers are not as safe for use in dogs as they are in humans, even pain relief medication designed specifically for canines.
Side effects when giving Rimadyl to dogs
Possible side effects when using Rimadyl for dogs includes vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dark tarry stools, increased thirst and urination, lack of coordination and tiredness. In more serious cases stomach ulcers, kidney damage and non-functioning platelets.