Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation due to arthritis and other joint diseases, including hip dysplasia.
It’s also used to reduce pain associated with surgery or dental procedures, as well as to reduce fever. Rimadyl works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Rimadyl may also be used for purposes other than those listed here. Rimadyl requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Rimadyl is a prescription medication that is FDA-approved for use in dogs. Rimadyl is available as 25 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg pork liver flavored chewable, scored tablets.
Rimadyl is also available as 25 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg capsule shaped scored non-chewable tablets (Caplets). The usual total daily dose in dogs is 2 mg/lb given as a single daily dose or divided and administered as 1mg per pound twice a day. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Rimadyl should be given with food. Keep plenty of water available for your pet. Do not give Rimadyl to cats.
Nothing on this website is to be construed as medical advice. Consult your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any other prescription or over-the-counter medications to your pet. Should not be given to pregnant or lactating dogs or dogs used for breeding. Contact your veterinarian if your pet has bloody, black, or tarry stools, or blood in vomit as these symptoms could indicate serious side effects. If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Rimadyl and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), muscle cramps, open sores in the mouth, rapid weight gain due to fluid retention, seizures, or abdominal cramping. If your pet experiences any of the following less serious side effects, continue giving Rimadyl and talk to your veterinarian: headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, depression, fatigue or weakness, or dry mouth. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.