Rimadyl is a medication used to control pain in dogs. It is administered just once a day for relief from pain and inflammation and is often used when the pet has undergone surgery or is suffering from conditions such as arthritis. Rimadyl for dogs works by controlling the hormones and enzymes that can lead to pain and inflammation. The active ingredient, carprofen, is effective for relief of pain and inflammation. It is used for degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) and other situations where these properties are helpful, such as following an injury or after surgical operations.
Rimadyl for dogs comes in a number of formulas. The regular Rimadyl tablets are small, white tablets, intended to be placed directly into the dog's mouth. The chewable palatable tablets make administration easy for dog owners and the tablets are flavoured to make them more acceptable to the pet.
Rimadyl granules can be used in horses and ponies to treat pain and inflammation which occurs as a result of musculo-skeletal injury, or following surgery. The granules can be given for up to 9 days, and are normally added to food as a follow-up treatment for an intravenous injection given by the vet.
It may be that some dogs experience a reaction or intolerance while on Rimadyl. Signs to watch out for include a change in appetite, diarrhoea or sickness. If your pet shows any symptoms while taking Rimadyl for dogs then a vet should be consulted immediately. Pregnant or nursing dogs should not be given Rimadyl and your vet should be aware of any other medications to rule out the possibility of drug interaction.
Rimadyl is a prescription-only medication and in order to purchase pet medicine online from Viovet, it is necessary to obtain a written pet prescription from a vet. The prescription must be sent with the order before the medication can be supplied.
Rimadyl Palatable Tablets for dogs are square light brown tablets scored down the middle containing as active ingredient either 20 mg, 50 mg or 100 mg carprofen.
For analgesia and reduction of chronic inflammation, for example in degenerative joint disease of the dog. Rimadyl Palatable Tablets can also be used in the management of post-operative pain in dogs.
For oral administration. The tablets are palatable and are willingly consumed by most dogs when offered.
An initial dose of 2 to 4 mg carprofen/kg bodyweight/day is recommended to be given as a single dose or in two equally divided doses. Subject to clinical response the dose may be reduced after 7 days to 2 mg carprofen/kg bodyweight/day given as a single daily dose. To extend analgesic and anti-inflammatory cover post operatively, parenteral therapy with Rimadyl Small Animal Injection may be followed with Rimadyl Palatable Tablets at 4mg/kg/day for up to 5 days.
Duration of treatment will be dependent upon the response seen. Long term treatment should be under regular veterinary supervision.
The elimination time of NSAIDs, including carprofen, in the cat is longer than in the dog and the therapeutic index is narrower. In the absence of specific data the use of Rimadyl Palatable Tablets in the cat is contra-indicated.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Do not administer other NSAIDs concurrently or within 24 hours of each other. Some NSAIDs may be highly bound to plasma proteins and compete with other highly bound drugs, which can lead to toxic effects.
Do not use in dogs suffering from cardiac, hepatic or renal disease, where there is a possibility of gastro-intestinal ulceration or bleeding, or where there is evidence of a blood dyscrasia or hypersensitivity to the product. As with other NSAIDs there is a risk of rare renal or idiosyncratic hepatic adverse events.
Use in dogs less than 6 weeks of age, or in aged dogs, may involve additional risk. If such use cannot be avoided, such dogs may require a reduced dosage and careful clinical management.
Avoid use in any dehydrated, hypovolaemic or hypotensive dog, as there is a potential risk of increased renal toxicity.
Concurrent administration of potential nephrotoxic drugs should be avoided.
In the absence of any specific studies in pregnant bitches, such use is not indicated.
NSAIDs can cause inhibition of phagocytosis and hence in the treatment of inflammatory conditions associated with bacterial infection, appropriate concurrent antimicrobial therapy should be instigated.
For animal treatment only.
Due to the palatable nature of the tablets, store in a secure location. Severe adverse reaction may occur if large quantities are ingested. If you suspect your dog has consumed Rimadyl Palatable Tablets above the labelled dose, please contact your veterinarian.
There is no specific antidote for carprofen overdosage but general supportive therapy, as applied to clinical overdosage with NSAIDs should be applied.
In the event of accidental ingestion of the tablets, seek medical advice and show the doctor what has been taken.
Wash hands after handling the product.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in a dry place. Protect from light. Keep out of reach of children.
Any unused product or waste materials should be disposed of in accordance with national requirements.
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Experimental and clinical evidence suggests that for carprofen in the dog gastro-intestinal tract ulceration is rare, and only occurs at dosages well above the therapeutic dose.
Following repeated therapeutic dosing for 8 weeks, carprofen has been shown to have no detrimental effect on chronically arthritic canine cartilage in a model of canine osteoarthritis.
In addition, therapeutic concentrations of carprofen have been demonstrated (in vitro) to increase proteoglycan synthesis in chondrocytes from canine arthritic cartilage.
Stimulation of proteoglycan synthesis will narrow the difference between the rate of degeneration and regeneration of cartilage matrix resulting in a slowing of the progression of cartilage loss.
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