Rimadyl is a medication prescribed to many dogs in order to help treat inflammation often associated with either surgery or arthritis. However while Rimadyl can be a highly effective treatment, it also nevertheless carries with it a range of potential side effects and not all dogs are able to tolerate the substance. It is important that before a vet prescribes Rimadyl that they take a blood test for your dog to discover if it will tolerated. In unfortunate cases the product can have unpleasant side effects and even potentially be life threatening.
What Is Rimadyl?
Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. The main ingredient in Rimadyl is Carprofen, which works by reducing the production of COX-2 and other prostaglandins which normally cause our inflammatory reactions, and the medication is administered either orally as a tablet or a capsule, or via injection.
Some measures can be taken to prevent the negative impacts of Rimadyl. Firstly it is important that your pet is screened before the drug is prescribed. At the same time it is important to ensure that your dog never takes any other non-steroidal anit-inflammatory drugs along with Rimadyl. From here it is a matter of looking out for early warning signs that there is a toxic reaction which may include vomiting, loss of appetite and lethargy.
Rimadyl Side Effects
However if your dog does suffer from side effects, these can include:
• Refusal to drink
• Blood in the urine
• Unusual pattern of urination
• Sweet smelling urine
• Black/tar-like stools
• Loss of balance
These symptoms can be potentially life threatening so if they do occur you should stop the drug immediately and take your dog to the vet. There are many other alternative treatments that can be used for inflammation if your dog reacts badly to Rimadyl.