Rimadyl (Carprofen) Medication


Rimadyl (Carprofen)

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Drug Description


Rimadyl is a veterinary drug with carprofen as its active ingredient, classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs are drugs that reduce inflammation, pain, and fever, with fewer adverse side effects than steroids, making them more appropriate for long-term use in animals. 

Carprofen is a safe and effective option for pain relief in dogs compared to human NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. For this reason, veterinarians commonly prescribe Rimadyl for pain management in canines. Avoid administering human medications to dogs since they can cause serious harm. 

Uses and Dosage 

To ensure proper use of Rimadyl, carefully follow the instructions on the drug label or as prescribed by your veterinarian. The dosage and treatment plan for your dog will be determined based on their weight and the cause of their pain. 

Most dogs find Rimadyl chewable tablets palatable and easy to take. However, if needed, you can hide the tablet in a small amount of food to encourage consumption. While Rimadyl can be taken with or without food, administering it with food may reduce the risk of stomach upset. 

Continue administering Rimadyl for the duration recommended by your veterinarian. Many dogs, particularly those with osteoarthritis, may require long-term treatment. If your dog continues to exhibit signs of pain or is hesitant to engage in physical activity such as climbing stairs or jumping, consult your veterinarian. Additional pain medications may be required. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects

Owners of dogs taking Rimadyl should be aware of potential side effects, particularly with long-term use. The most common problems are related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as: 

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Ulcers 

Severe Side Effects

Although rare, Rimadyl may cause serious liver and kidney side effects. To monitor these organs, regular blood tests are recommended, especially in older dogs and those on long-term Rimadyl use. 

If a dog shows any of the following signs while taking Rimadyl, contact the veterinarian immediately as they could indicate an adverse reaction: 

  • Change in appetite 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stool 
  • Changes in behavior (increased or decreased activity, changes in coordination, aggression) 
  • Seizure 
  • Increased or decreased drinking 
  • Urinary symptoms (change in frequency, color, or smell of urine) 
  • Skin symptoms (scabbing, itching, or redness) 
  • Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice) 


NSAIDs, including Rimadyl, may have side effects on the gastrointestinal, kidney, and liver, which can be mild or serious. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if side effects occur. 

Regular monitoring and evaluation for pre-existing conditions are recommended for pets on any medication, including Rimadyl. 

Use with other NSAIDs or corticosteroids should be avoided. 

Many over-the-counter medications contain aspirin or other NSAIDs similar to Rimadyl. Always consult with your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any other medication to your pet. 

Inform your veterinarian if your pet is being given any other medication or supplements, including over-the-counter medicines, insulin, or probenecid, as they may interact with Rimadyl. 

A thorough history and physical examination should be conducted before starting NSAID therapy, and appropriate laboratory tests should be considered. 

Owners should be observant for any signs of potential drug toxicity and report any adverse reactions to their veterinarian immediately. 

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