Rimadyl Side Effects in Dogs

Rimadyl alternatives

Everyday thousands of pet owners are faced with a serious life altering decision–either stand by as their beloved pet goes through a life of perpetual suffering or choose to treat their dog with prescription pain medications that potentially pose a more life-threatening-situation for their ailing pet.

Confronted with these dreadful choices leaves little hope you can safely provide effective pain relief to comfort your furry home companion.

But studies have convincingly demonstrated that, without proper anti-inflammatory treatment, dogs with pre-existing arthritis conditions will have increased muscle atrophy and their state of health will decline much more rapidly–while still experiencing unrelenting pain & progressive lameness.

So without some form of medical intervention your dog will continue to suffer and get steadily worse. It’s time to make a critical decision regarding your dog’s immediate Quality of Life.

Thankfully, there’s a new treatment alternative for dogs with painful arthritis, hip-dysplasia or progressive degenerative joint disease (DJD). This natural, plant based therapy offers a safer, more effective option over the risks & side-effects of prescription pain medications like Rimadyl for dogs.


Rimadyl For Dogs

Rimadyl is a drug introduced in 1997 by Pfizer Chemical for the treatment of hip dysplasia and arthritis in dogs. Rimadyl has been prescribed for more than four million dogs in the United States alone, and has earned Pfizer tens of millions of dollars.

Side effects of Rimadyl tablets for dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.

Rimadyl is one of the brand names for the veterinary drug Carprofen.

Carprofen belongs to a group of drugs called NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs act to reduce inflammation with fewer negative side effects than steroids, making them more suitable than steroids for long-term canine care.

Carprofen is considered “safer” for use in dogs than human NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or aspirin, which is why it is one of the more commonly prescribed veterinary canine painkillers. This is also why it is never a good idea to treat your dog with pills from your own medicine cabinet, as many human medications can have serious consequences for dogs.

Carprofen Side Effects In Dogs

There have been many frightening stories concerning Carprofen (Rimadyl) and the numerous side effects it poses to dogs. Many dog parents were surprised to learn the lethal risks of prescription NSAIDS only after their dog experienced severe negative reactions.

It can be said that all NSAIDs, (including Rimadyl, Derramax, Previcox, Metacam, and Zubrin), can all cause the same sinister side effects in dogs as they do in humans. While severe liver effects are less common, gastrointestinal bleeding and liver disease are both potentially deadly to dogs.

Some of these more serious GI issues with Carprofen can be managed with lowered doses or with the addition of other drugs such as opiates like Tramadol–but that presents it’s own set of negative, addictive side-effects. Clinical studies of Tramadol, however, suggest oral tramadol is not likely to be useful as an analgesic for dogs for acute or chronic pain.

Rimadyl Overdose

Since the introduction of Rimadyl in 1997, the FDA has received reports of more than 1,000 dogs that died or had to be put to sleep, and 7,000 more that had serious adverse reactions after taking the drug.

Rimadyl overdose
The FDA,recommended that Pfizer list “death” as a possible side effect in a warning letter to veterinarians and also place a warning on the drug labels.

Despite these serious side effects, the FDA has not ordered the removal of Rimadyl from the marketplace. The FDA requires safety and efficacy testing for animal drugs just as it does for human drugs but as additional reports of serious reactions and the deaths of many dogs started pouring into the FDA, the agency recommended that Pfizer list “death” as a possible side effect in a warning letter to veterinarians and also place a warning on the drug labels.

What Is Rimadyl Prescribed For?

There are a few different uses of Rimadyl for dogs. Generally, Rimadyl is used to treat pain and inflammation associated with joint diseases. These diseases include arthritis, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and more.

Rimadyl is in the class of analgesic medication that is used to reduce pain, fever, and inflammation. There are two main reasons Veterinarians prescribe Rimadyl for dogs:

  • As a short-term, post-operative medication to treat pain and inflammation in dogs after surgery. Rimadyl is used to reduce post-operative inflammation and also helps manage acute pain, keeping the patient more comfortable.
  • As part of a chronic pain-management strategy for dogs with osteoarthritis.
Alternatives to Rimadyl
CBD is a natural alternative to Rimadyl for dogs needing pain-relief following surgery.

Rimadyl Side Effects In Dogs

Just like other non-steroidal drugs, Rimadyl exhibits a number of common side effects primarily related to GI tract complications.

More serious side effects of Rimadyl include liver and kidney damage.

Common Rimadyl Side Effects Include:

  • Low appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Stomach upsets / abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Oral sores

Some dogs receive fast, efficient relief from pain and swelling from short term use of Rimadyl, while other dogs react so negatively to the drug it can even lead to their deaths if not monitored properly.

Pet owners need to be aware of more serious side effects of Rimadyl, especially for long-term use in older dogs. Most vets recommend running regular blood work to monitor liver and kidney function to avoid serious complications.

Long Term Side Effects of Rimadyl For Dogs Include:

  • Liver damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Kidney problems (damage can be serious or even fatal)
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Seizures
  • Frequent vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Weakness & severe cramping
  • Ulcers of the stomach and intestine
  • Sudden death

Short term use of Rimadyl or other NSAIDS is usually not a problem for most canines, however, long term use could lead to various side effects such as GI distress and paradoxical effects, like increased agitation. GI symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or lack of appetite need to be communicated to your pet care professional as soon as you notice them. Dogs with GI sensitivity to NSAIDs almost always show these preliminary symptoms long before internal bleeding occurs.


What To Use In Place Of Rimadyl

Although Rimadyl is considered one of the “safer” NSAIDs available for dogs, there are new treatment alternatives if your dog is predisposed to have an adverse reaction to NSAIDS (non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs).

Rimadyl Alternatives

CBD-rich hemp oil is a safe and effective Rimadyl substitute for dogs with pain and inflammation. CBD oil is a powerful natural alternative to Rimadyl and it’s easy to use as your dog’s daily health supplement.

rimadyl alternative medicine
Alternatives to Rimadyl for Labrador Retrievers include full-spectrum, CBD-rich Canine Support Formula.

CBD Oil For Dogs

CBD oil has numerous benefits and advantages over Rimadyl for dogs. In a recent study, CBD oil was shown to be an effective treatment for dogs with Osteoarthritis, as it reduced their pain and measurably increased their activity levels.

A 2018 survey of US veterinarians showed that many vets believed CBD was an effective treatment for dogs who had progressively deteriorating and painful conditions like arthritis.

Alternatives to Rimadyl For Pain

Knowing the risks of long-term prescription pain medications, many pet parents are looking for a more natural, holistic approach to safely managing their dog’s pain.

While clinical research is still in it’s infancy regarding the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD, another plant cannabinoid, CBDa (Cannabidiolic Acid), from full-spectrum hemp oil is thought to provide better analgesic effects than CBD alone.

Until recently, CBD has been viewed as the more important cannabinoid for pain relief and manufacturers have, through a process called “decarboxylation” intentionally converted CBDA into CBD to expose it’s diverse therapeutic benefits.

Today, most commercially available CBD products are ‘decarbed’ and contain little or no CBDA.

That’s unfortunate because science is now discovering that the acid-form of CBD, Cannabidiolic Acid, possesses significant medical benefits and pain relieving qualities in it’s own right.

Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA) is a selective inhibitor for COX-2 and a potential natural treatment alternative for pain management where the use of NSAIDS may not be well tolerated in dogs.

CBDA, the molecular pre-cursor to CBD, is thought to provide better analgesic effects as a COX-2 inhibitor–similar in action to NSAIDS like Rimadyl–but with a better safety profile. Since CBDA does not cause abdominal distress or internal bleeding related to prescription medications it should be considered an effective alternative to Rimadyl for pain.

CBD Dosage for dogs
CBD dosage for dogs is measured in mg’s per kg body weight. Start low, go slow & monitor your dogs progress.

The effective combination of CBD PLUS CBDA is why Canine Support Formula has been shown to be a better alternative to prescription pain medications in reducing canine pain and improving mobility in dogs suffering from arthritis or age related joint problems.

Alternatives To Rimadyl For Dogs

Horror stories are all-to-common from dog owners who say Rimadyl has caused their pet to lose it’s unique personality and become a “zombie dog”.

But research is beginning to show that the natural, plant-based phyto-cannabinoids, CBD & CBDA, in Canine Support Formula, are a safe substitute for Rimadyl for dogs. CBD is non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive so it won’t get your dog ‘high’ and doesn’t produce side-effects or negative symptoms associated with prescription pain medications.

According to current published research, many conditions that respond well to CBD may respond even better with CBDA. And thanks to it’s natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic effects, CBDA in raw hemp provides an array of medical applications to support dogs with cancer, epilepsy & pain associated with osteoarthritis, hip-dysplasia or degenerative-joint-disease (DJD).

What is CBDA?
Laboratory research has found that CBDA has strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties as a selective COX-2 inhibitor.

While there have been no human or animal studies that examine CBDA as a treatment for arthritis or inflammatory conditions, laboratory research has discovered that CBDA seems to work in a remarkably similar way to common OTC NSAIDS like Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen–But without the increased risks of peptic ulceration or kidney damage associated with the use of these medications.

As some pet owners continue to anguish over questions concerning the long-term safety and effectiveness of prescription pain medications, many want to avoid the side-effects and lethal aspect of Rimadyl and are choosing instead the more natural, clinically effective alternative of Canine Support Formula.

Adding Canine Support Formula with it’s exclusive 2-In-1 CBD plus CBDA cannabinoid combination to your dog’s daily regimen can help provide a safer, more naturally effective alternative therapy to over-the-counter & prescription pain medications.

Dogs that were previously in chronic, unrelenting pain with a depreciating Quality of Life can once again move-freely, sleep soundly & best of all, happily greet you with enthusiastic tail wagging!

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Curtis Barnes

Owner / Founder at K9 Medibles
Curtis has been passionate about the welfare of animals since his first dog rescue as a teenager growing up in Oregon.

After studying Sports Medicine & Biology at the University of Oregon, Curtis went on to excel in a career of Clinical Nutrition sales, later owning a healthcare company serving private-practice physicians.

Known for his expansive knowledge on natural health and alternative medicine, many physician friends came to expect they would receive an extended medical education when he detailed the latest clinical food-science-research.

Curtis believes that natural plant-based therapies can be applied to veterinary care which led him to study the science of Cannabinoid Medicine.

His expertise in Functional Medicine led him to formulate a unique hemp-based canine care product, Canine Support Formula, fulfilling a dream to combine natural pet-care strategies with the new therapeutic potential of medical cannabis.

In reverence for his own dog, Curtis has dedicated his company, K9 Medibles, to improving the health and longevity of all dogs. With a soft-spot for older, senior dogs, he affectionately calls every dog a "pup".

As a Native Oregonian, Curtis loves the beautiful scenery & outdoor activities of hiking and biking in his home State.

To learn more about Curtis and how he can help your dog, visit https://www.k9-medibles.com/about-us/
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