Veterinarians prescribe RIMADYL to treat joint pain and inflammation in dogs, according to the RIMADYL website. RIMADYL, generically known as carprofen, is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug developed to treat the symptoms of arthritis in dogs. It also controls postoperative pain in dogs, notes Drugs.com
RIMADYL is an orally administered drug that comes in caplet form, with scored caplets that contain 25 milligrams, 75 milligrams or 100 milligrams of carprofen, advises Drugs.com. The recommended dosage is 2 milligrams per pound of body weight per day. This medication is meant only for dogs and is not to be administered to cats or humans.
As is the case with most NSAIDs, gastrointestinal issues may occur when dogs ingest RIMADYL, warns Drugs.com. Vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite are possible side effects. The drug may adversely affect the kidneys and liver as well.
Veterinarians can manage gastrointestinal issues by limiting dosages and adding drugs such as opiates and/or tramadol to the regimen, observes petMD. Owners should remain vigilant for gastrointestinal issues and report them to the veterinarian. Bleeding can develop in the gastrointestinal tract, but alert owners notice inappetance, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea long before any bleeding occurs. Veterinarians also monitor the health of the liver via periodic blood tests while the dog is taking RIMADYL.