What Your Vet May Not Tell You About Rimadyl
Thousands of dogs are being prescribed Rimadyl by their
veterinarians to treat pain, inflammation, and canine arthritis. Many of these
prescriptions are written without any blood work done to ensure the dog can
tolerate the drug. Learn the facts about Rimadyl and what you should know
before administering this drug to your dog.
What is Rimadyl?
Rimadyl was introduced by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in January 1997 to
help treat dogs with inflammation and pain associated with surgery or canine
arthritis. Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) available
as a prescription drug for dogs. The primary ingredient in Rimadyl is
Carprofen. It is available as a caplet and chewable tablet and is given to dogs
by mouth, or by injection administered by veterinarians. It has proven to be a
successful means of relieving arthritis symptoms in dogs.
Rimadyl effective and safe?
There is no doubt as to Rimadyl's
effectiveness in treating dog arthritis, but it is the potential side effects
that may seriously outweigh the benefits of this drug. Many dog owners feel it
has vastly improved the quality of their dog's lives and, in some cases, even
extended their lives. Many dogs have died due to the unexpectedly rapid onset
of side effects such as liver failure and/or because the drug's side effects
were not recognized by the attending veterinarian who did not take appropriate
action. The Rimadyl labeling includes an extensive adverse reaction section
which documents the possibility of a fatal outcome and death.
Precautions Should I Consider Before Giving Rimadyl?
- Pre-screen the dog before prescribing Rimadyl by performing
blood work and checking the liver enzymes.
- Check for warning signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy,
behavioral changes, constipation, and an increase in liver enzymes. It could be
an indication of a toxic reaction.
- Rimadyl is not recommended for animals with known bleeding
disorders and should not be used if a dog has pre-existing liver disease,
inflammatory bowel disease, or a known tendency towards gastrointestinal
- Rimadyl should never be given along with any other
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, or along with any
corticosteroids such as prednisone, prednisolone, or dexamethasone.
- Dog age should be considered because approximately 85% of
possible adverse drug event reports received by Pfizer Animal Health have been
in dogs 6 years of age or older.
Alternatives to Rimadyl
Many alternatives are
available to the dog owners which are considered safer than Rimadyl. The
majority of these products contain glucosamine and/or chondroitin as the
primary ingredient. Studies have proven glucosamine and chondroitin to be
effective at alleviating the effects of arthritis, joint pain and inflammation
in dogs. Other key ingredients which have shown effective are MSM, Ester-C and
Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is particularly effective in increasing
synovial fluid which is very helpful for dogs with Canine Hip Dysplasia. These
products use natural substances to achieve similar results without the side
effects of Rimadyl. Some of the most popular choices are Free and Easy for
Dogs, Cosequin, and Arthrix.
About The Author
written by William F. Smith
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