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Using Rimadyl (Carprofen) for Dogs with Arthritis

Dog Arthritis Medication Used to Treat Pain and Inflammation

By Team PetCareRx. January 01, 2011

Rimadyl Bottle - Pills

indications for Rimadyl

Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) of the propionic acid class and is mainly used as an arthritis medication for dogs, as well as manage pain caused by hip dysplasia. The medicine helps control postoperative pain resultant from soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.


Do not administer the medicine to animals that are allergic to Rimadyl or various other NSAIDS. As NSAIDs have the possibility to create gastrointestinal ulceration, using Rimadyl in conjunction with other anti-inflammatory drugs, including corticosteroids and NSAIDs, should be completely avoided. Rimadyl is not advisable for use in dogs suffering from bleeding disorders such as stomach ulcers and Von Willebrand’s disease or hypersensitivity to the drug. Avoid administering Rimadyl to pets with kidney, liver or heart disease, or pregnant or nursing animals. The drug is not suitable for dehydrated animals, those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and pets, which are consuming diuretics. Administer Rimadyl with food. Never give this medication to cats.


Rimadyl is usually available as 25mg, 75mg and 100mg scored caplets and 25mg, 75mg and 100mg scored chewable tablets. The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 1mg/pound by mouth every 12 hours.

Side Effects

Some of the most commonly reported side effects of Rimadyl are gastrointestinal signs. Renal, hematologic, neurologic, dermatologic, and hepatic effects have also been reported. The side effects of the drug mainly include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or tarry stools, increased thirst and urination, lethargy, incoordination, seizure or behavioral changes. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to this drug include facial swelling, hives and rash.

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Rimadyl at a glance

  • 1For dogs
  • 2A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
  • 3An oral medication
  • 4Treats pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia
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