Rimadyl is a prescription strength non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can help your dog stay active and mobile even though he/she has arthritis. This condition causes the same joint pain and swelling that humans experience, but most animals are less likely to show any weakness or vulnerability. Large breed dogs are at a higher risk of arthritis due to their size and weight and some breeds are predisposed to orthopedic disorders.
When given as directed, Rimadyl or generic Carprofen blocks the effects of certain enzymes that play a key role in making prostaglandins. These chemicals, called cyclooxygenase (COX) are the reason for increased blood flow and chemotaxis; chemical signals that alert your white blood cells when there is a threat detected. By suppressing this action, inflammation is reduced and your dog is able to move his joints without pain. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, involves the deterioration of the cartilage that surrounds the joints and makes it possible for easy motion. As cartilage breaks downs, your pet will show difficulty getting up from a sitting/laying position, will be less likely to jump up on furniture, descend stairs, or run.
Dogs are stoic creatures that do not show pain easily as it’s a sign of weakness so you will have to watch for the signs and remember to make regular trips to your veterinarian to make certain your canine is healthy. Your veterinarian may also recommend Rimadyl for post-operative pain.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog is pregnant, nursing, or if you plan to breed your female before giving Rimadyl. Ask about testing your dog if you suspect liver or kidney disease or a possible bleeding disorder as NSAIDs can affect these conditions. Keep your dog’s health records up to date so your veterinarian will see other medical conditions and treatments being given to know if Rimadyl is safe to prescribe.
Do not give your dog aspirin if you run out of Rimadyl or feel adding it can help more; aspirin can be toxic to young or small breed dogs! Do not give Rimadyl to your cat or family members. Rimadyl should not be given with other NSAID medications. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and only give Rimadyl to the pet named on the Rx.