Rimadyl For Dogs Review
Rimadyl is a prescription pain reliever that your vet could prescribe to help ease the pain for arthritis and surgical pain. This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or NSAID that can be given on a daily basis to ease pain and inflammation especially those that occur after surgery, but with such issues as hip dysplasia and joint disease as well.
Since Rimadyl is a prescription drug, make sure you discuss any possible side effects with your vet. If after taking Rimadyl your dog shows bloody, tarry, or black stools, immediately stop dosage and contact your vet as there could be an issue with your pets stomach or intestines that could be very serious.
Rimadyl comes in two different tablet forms; the first is a chewable pork flavored tablet and the other is a non-chewable caplet. The dosage for dogs is 2mg per pound once daily or you can divide that into 1mg per pound twice daily. If your pet has an allergy to aspirin or other types of NSAID medications then you should discuss alternatives with your vet. If your pet experiences vomiting, stomach pain, blurred vision, little or no urine production, or slow breathing, it is possible that the dog has overdosed on Rimadyl and you should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Rimadyl is not intended for cats and, as such, should not be administered to them. You should keep this and all medications away from children and leave opened bottles lying around for them to get into. If you miss a dosage for your dog you should give them the dose as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for their regularly scheduled dose. If it is almost time for the scheduled dose, forget about the missed dosage and continue with the scheduled doses.
Since Rimadyl is a NSAID medication, you shouldn’t give other NSAIDs to your pet; such as over the counter cold and allergy medications or aspirin. If you have any questions you should consult your vet especially about any signs of side effects that you might notice that is strange or different from how your dog normally acts.
My dog recently had surgery for hip dysplasia and was given Rimadyl to help ease the pain. I was very pleased to see that it seemed to work well for my pet. She didn’t seem to be in as much pain and has recovered quicker than I would have expected. She is now back to her old self again and there hasn’t been any issues with arthritis that I have noticed as of yet. Hopefully, she will remain with our family for many more years and continue to bring happiness to our family.
Ann Marie, Detroit
I was a bit worried when I started Jack (our little cocker spaniel) on Rimadyl as I heard some people have had bad results. My vet insured me that Jack would do just fine on it and, so far, he has. Jack was in a bad accident a few years ago and ended up with really bad arthritis in his back legs. After a few months on Rimadyl, he has been able to move around and even jump up on the couch from time to time. If it wasn’t for my vet prescribing him Rimadyl, I don’t think we would have ever seen the old Jack again.
I have a Great Dane named Rocco that had inflamed joints. Our vet told me he could prescribe Rimadyl for him and it should help out. It has done more than help out, though! Rocco was hardly able to walk when he first got up but now he is running around the yard like a pup again. I even took him out the other day to the beach to throw the Frisbee around. It’s great seeing that tail wagging when I give him his chewable pill in the mornings. It’s almost like he knows that what I am giving him is going to make him feel better.