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Rimadyl® Chewables

A treatment for the relief of pain and inflammation in dogs

Rimadyl® contains carprofen, a non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly knows as an 'NSAID'

It has been proven effective in relieving the clinical signs of pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

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How safe is Rimadyl® for your dog?

In extensive clinical trials and use in over 10 million dogs worldwide.  Rimadyl® has been shown to have an excellent safety profile for both short and long-term use.  Rimadyl® 

is well tolerated by most dogs but, as with any drug, a small number of dogs may develop side effects.  

The usual clinical signs of side effects associated with NSAIDs include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of energy and behavioural changes.  If your dog is on Rimadyl® 

and experiences any of these signs, or anything that is unusual, stop giving the medication and consult your veterinarian immediately.

Please inform your veterinarian if :
  • your dog is on other medication

  • your dog has another disease condition

  • your dog falls pregnant or is now being used for breeding

What results can I expect with Rimadyl®?

More than 80% of dogs with arthritis improved following treatment with Rimadyl® 

during clinical trials.  While Rimadyl® is not a cure for arthritis, it can ease the pain and inflammation and improve your dog's mobility and quality of life.

The response to Rimadyl® will vary from dog to dog but a good response should be expected.  However, you must remember that, whereas the signs may have improved, the underlying changes to the joint will still be there.  Thus, if the medication is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog may experience a return of pain and inflammation.


In many cases, you will have to give Rimadyl® as a lifelong treatment.

Your Role
  • You have an important role to play in the successful treatment of your dog.  Please follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully.

  • Give the medication when you should, and give all the medication prescribed.

  • Finally, if you have any concerns or enquiries, call your veterinarian - they want to provide the best care for your pet.

Is your dog suffering from arthritis ? 

The most common form of arthritis (joint disease) that affects animals is osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD).


Osteoarthritis can have many causes – previous injuries (i.e. torn cruciate ligaments), obesity, developmental defects (i.e. hip and elbow dysplasia), previous infections, any thing that causes damage to or excessive wear of the joint cartilage.  Large breeds of dogs are more likely to develop arthritis. In many cases it is considered as wear and tear and a normal part of the aging process. 


Joints that are affected by arthritis have damage to and a loss of joint cartilage. As a result of this damage there is a reduced cushioning, a reduced range of movement of the joints they eventually become thickened and painful.


What do we see in dogs affected by arthritis?  Find out here

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