What is Rimadyl (Carprofen) used for?
Rimadyl (Carprofen) is an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prescribed to treat arthritis in aging dogs. It operates by suppressing immune responses to reduce pain, swelling, and irritation associated with this condition. This allows easier and more comfortable movement for your pet and may also prevent further damage caused by arthritis. It may be prescribed to be used along with other medicines or to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Rimadyl (Carprofen)?
Rimadyl (Carprofen) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet administered each day, but the best directions will be determined by your veterinarian based on the dog's weight, age, health condition, and the severity of its symptoms. The tablets should be administered orally and can be hidden in a meal or snack if your dog refuses to take the medication. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Rimadyl (Carprofen)?
Rimadyl (Carprofen) may cause side effects in some dogs such as:
Stop using the medicine and contact your veterinarian immediately if you witness any unusual symptoms occur such as tremors, intense vomiting, diarrhea that is watery or bloody, seizures, or signs of an allergic reaction such as severe skin rashes, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Rimadyl (Carprofen) is only meant to be used for the treatment of dogs and should never be administered to other types of animals or to humans. You are also suggested to have a medical check performed on your dog before using the medicine to make sure it does not have any health conditions that may cause unexpected health problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your veterinarian or pharmacist while using Rimadyl (Carprofen). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the animal and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain animals, it is essential you always inform your veterinarian if it is pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if it has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.