- Canine non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID in oral dosage form
- Once-daily dosage provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects for 24 hours.
- Rimadyl Chewables are approved for: Pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs.
- Control of postoperative pain associated with soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.
What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
- Cats (this medication is for dogs only). Call your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives carprofen.
- Has had an allergic reaction to carprofen
- Has had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs (for example deracoxib, etodolac, firocoxib, meloxicam, phenylbutazone or tepoxalin) such as hives, facial swelling, or red or itchy skin
Storage and Warnings:
Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
For use in dogs only. Do not use in cats.
Potential side effects:
Carprofen, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs, including carprofen. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death.
The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach (such as bleeding ulcers), and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with carprofen or may have another medical problem:
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
- Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure or aggression)
- Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
- Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed)
- Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell)
- Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching)
It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Carprofen therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.
Rimadyl should be given according to your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of carprofen is right for your dog and for how long it should be given.
Rimadyl should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food.
The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb of body weight daily. The total daily dose may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb twice daily. For the control of postoperative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure.
Rimadyl chewable tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half-tablet increments. Tablets can be halved by placing the tablet on a hard surface and pressing down on both sides of the score.
Rimadyl chewable tablets are palatable and willingly consumed by most dogs when offered by the owner. Therefore, they may be fed by hand or placed on food. Care should be taken to ensure that the dog consumes the complete dose.
While Rimadyl is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can relieve the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog's mobility. Response varies from dog to dog but can be quite dramatic.
In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days.
If Rimadyl is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back.
What if a dose is missed?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.