What are the Rimadyl side effects in Dogs?

What are the Rimadyl side effects in dogs? Rimadyl was released by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in 1997 as a new “wonder drug” treatment for arthritis and joint problems in dogs. However, although Rimadyl is very effective in reducing inflammation and pain in affected dogs, it is now known to cause a number of potentially serious side effects in dogs, particularly the Labrador retriever breed of dog.

Before being prescribed Rimadyl, it is very important that a veterinarian runs blood tests on your dog to rule out any underlying health problems that could lead to a reaction with Rimadyl. If the results indicate that the dog might already have impaired liver function, use of Rimadyl should be ruled out immediately as it could lead to serious illness or death. Dogs with kidney disease or bleeding disorders should also not be prescribed Rimadyl.

What are the Rimadyl side effects in dogs?

The majority of dogs suffer no side effects from taking Rimadyl, but a small minority unfortunately DO experience serious side effects as a result of taking the drug, so it is very important that you are vigilant at all times and monitor your dog for signs or symptoms of a potentially life threatening reaction to Rimadyl. For reasons as yet unknown, Labrador retrievers are particularly at risk of serious side effects cause by Rimadyl and should not be prescribed Rimadyl.

Side effects of Rimadyl include:

  • A loss of appetite and unwillingness to drink
  • Changes in urination patterns: sweet smelling urine, blood in the urine, and/or urinating far more than usual
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Vomit or stools containing blood
  • Changes in skin, including scabs, redness, itching
  • Change in normal temperament: lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, aggressiveness, hyperactivity
  • Stumbling, staggering, partial or full paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Jaundice: yellow whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes
  • Death

The side effects of Rimadyl are mostly attributable to liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal problems: in some dogs, Rimadyl causes ulceration and bleeding in the gut, damage to the kidney function, and liver failure, all of which are potentially fatal.

Side effects of Rimadyl can occur with hours of taking the drug, which is why pet owners must be extremely vigilant once Rimadyl has been administered to their dog. In other dogs, adverse symptoms do not appear until a few days have passed. Initially the dog might seem a little off colour—perhaps off its food and more lethargic than normal.

What should I do if my dog appears to be suffering from Rimadyl side effects?

If your dog has been given Rimadyl and you suspect it has had an adverse reaction to the drug, there are a number of steps you should take without delay. Firstly stop giving Rimadyl to your dog immediately, and then take the dog to your veterinarian clinic and tell them you suspect Rimadyl toxicity is the culprit. If the adverse effects of Rimadyl are caught quickly enough, the right course of treatment can be given and the dog should recover. However, it is a good idea to keep accurate records of your dog’s symptoms and treatment in the event that you need to make a claim against Pfizer for a refund of your veterinarian expenses.

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  1. Pam says:

    I just started administering Rimadyl to my golden retriever. He is 13 yrs old. He seemed to have trouble moving around, I brought him to the vet and she perscribed Rimadyl. A week later he is acting very odd. He is biting himself all over, he won’t or can’t relax. He lies on the floor but won’t put his head down. He stares into space. He had none of these symptoms prior to taking the Rimadyl. He can move better but barely moves. Just stands in one place or lays in one place moving periodically to get comfortable and stares into space. I think I will dc the Rimadyl and see if his behavior improves

    • Rusty says:

      How is your dog doing now? I have a 13 year old lab and has experienced changes in skin, including scabs, redness, itching. Interested to know what you did or what happened with your lab?

      • Annette says:

        My curly coat retriever was given rimadyl for a swollen foot which was causing him pain, he only has had one and within about 4 hours his face started to swell up especially around his nose and around his eyes and also has awful diareaha sorry spelt wrong. Called the vet wasn’t to concerned and is calling me in the morning after reading this article I feel being a retriever he should never of had this medication I’m very worried. Did any one else’s dog get facial swelling?
        Annette

        • J Everett says:

          Annette, facial swelling means that your dog is allergic to Rimadyl. The facial swelling of the lips and face happens to some humans who take NSAIDs (which Rimadyl is) especially advil and aleve. There’s no way your vet could tell ahead of time that your dog was allergic, but you should stop giving your medicine immediately.

      • Hilary says:

        Did you resolve the problems with your lab? I have a 12 year old lab with the same scabs and restlessness after starting Rimadyl.

      • Annie Otto says:

        My Yellow Lab has been itching for months, we have had her to the vet numerous of time, given all kinds skin relief itch meds, Genta spray, Miconosol and antibotics No one mentioned about Rimadyle and I did not realize until I looked on the computer just now. She is 12 years old, taking Lasix, stilbestrol, Keflex, Rimadyl, and Butler Schein, Synovial Support Supplement. Also advised to use Oatmeal shampoo and Pyoben medicated shampoo for bath every week for the next several weeks.

        Please advise me, could any of her other medicines cause the skin break out, or just the Rimadyl. What would be a safe medicines to replace the Rimadyl?

        Thanking you in advance for any help, she has been suffering a long time. I feel so stupid, I never thought about the Rimadyl, I thought I was helping by reducing her pain. Annie

        • Noel says:

          I would stop the rimadyl ASAP. My mastiff has horrible skin itchiness the minute she takes it. Your poor baby. Try large doses of fish oil too

        • J Everett says:

          Annie, any one of the medications that your dog is on could be causing her itchy skin. The only way you can tell if you stop them one by one and see if it stops. Or if your dog was never itchy before and then started getting itchy shortly after starting a new drug then its very likely that he/she is allergic to that drug and should be given an alternative. I am a pharmacy technician and I see this all the time in humans too. They start a new drug and have symptoms of an allergic reaction like itching, hives, swelling, redness, skin irritation etc.

    • Woods Mom says:

      My Woody is having the same behavior. He actually stares into space or at the walls and cries. Certainly doesn’t seem to be getting any relief, he never cried before the drug. My lab is only 3 1/2 but has suspected elbow dyslplasia waiting for final x-rays. This is exactly what I was looking for. I’m stopping the Rimadyl, luckily he’s only been on it less than a week.

    • Keiran says:

      It’s probably got fleas

  2. marsha says:

    My little minpin just turned 4 Jan 11 2012 SHE was given Rimadyl for pain aftter a tunor was removed by side of her eye NOW she started urinating while she was asleep on my bed or on my lap and NEVER did she do this before . I called Vet they said it was most likly NOT caused by the Rimadyl But I reserched it and. URIINATTING PROBLEMS ARE LISTED AS SIDE EFFECT so I stoped this meds we will see.ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM

    • Melissa says:

      My 14 year old golden was on rimadyl for about a week before we took her off it. Improved joints at first then apnting, vomiting, urination while sleeping and confusion. This weeks tests show diminished organ ( kidney/liver). No more rimadyl for us ever. Our friends 10 year old golden unexpectedly dies yesterday after about a week on non steroidal anti anflammitory. RIP Riley.

      • Chari says:

        Scary my English bull is having shoulder pain limping not crying whaks it off but I do not know if I should give to her.

      • susan kaplan says:

        My Vet gave my 11 year oold rimadyl for a week for a strained leg…Sophie was limping. He knew she was in mild kidney failure. After a week, she was shivering terribly. I brought her back to Vet and her kidney values were much higher. She was put on iv fluids but kidney values continue to get worse. Her kidneys are so damaged from Rimadyl they are shot and Sophie has to be euthanized today.

        • Brandon says:

          I just wanna tell u I’m so sorry u had to say goodbye to your great friend. My 15yr old Lab was jus put on this dangerous med a week ago, and I’m taking her off it today after reading your post. I pray you’ll find some peace. in this horrific time.

        • Dawn says:

          My greyhound mix coon dog had tremors also, even when I cut her dosage in half. She needs it for joint pain because she is limping, so I’m backing off to a quarter of the dose. Can’t believe some vets don’t know all the side effects of Rimadyl after reading the testimonies. I think there is a profit to be made by vets sponsoring the pharmaceutical companies! That’s the medical industry for ya!

          • Linda says:

            My 12 yr. Old lab was on Rimadyl for about 7 months.I came home one day and he didn’t greet me.I found him in my sons room and couldn’t get up.when he finally was able to get up he was walking backwards, circling and seemed paralyzed. Then he started to shake and teeth were chattering. Rushed him to vet.Vet says it was a seizure but not from rimadyl.However, I disagree. His liver enzymes doubled from 3 months ago.I took him off despite what vet said.He is improving greatly.If they want liver enzymes checked every 3 months, then why are vets saying its not from Rimadyl? It can’t be safe if then.

        • J Everett says:

          Susan, your vet is obviously incompetent. Putting a dog on Rimadyl that has even mild kidney failure is totally wrong. Your vet should already know that the manufacturer and FDA say NOT to give Rimadyl to any dogs with one iota of kidney or liver problems. Being a pharmacy tech for humans, even I know that. Your vet is completely at fault for your dog’s passing.

      • Lynn says:

        My 9 year old dauschund was prescribed Rimadyl, after I gave it to him he started panting very heavily and it sounded like his throat was closing. I called the vet and they were out of the office because of an ice storm we had where I live, she told me to give him a benadryl. this medicine killed my dog 2 hours later and he bled out. Please do not give this to your dogs!!! I am so heartbroken over this.

    • Dave Rupert says:

      Rimadyl was prescribed by my vet after she started to have hip (joint problems); 8 days later she became unable to stand, unstable and seeked a hiding place. After an hour or so she could not hold up her head; we rushed her to the vet hospital and she died enroute. Afterward friends told me that there has been problems with this drug. I am thinking of legal recourse as this occurance resembles other fatilities..Dave Rupert

      • Lisa says:

        My German Shepherd 4 y.o. was put on Rimadyl this past Friday as a pain/anti inflammatory med for a lump found on her muzzle. There was no dx this was just to help with the swelling along with an anitbiotic. Today is Tuesday and she can no longer climb the stairs in our house! She was perfectly fine on Friday so far as her legs were concerned! I called the vet and they got me an appointment tomorrow afternoon….ugh. Needless to say I HAVE STOPPED the meds, not that they told me to…and her lump hasn’t changed. Hopefully I’ve caught this in time. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story.

        • Anne says:

          I lost my 2 year old dobie after a misdiagnosis of arthritis and one month of Rimadyl before the ortho diagnosed her with a ligament injury. The first vet never mentioned the awful side effects of this drug. We battled liver failure for 4 months before we lost her. I miss her terribly and am so angry for this needless loss. Terrible terrible drug. Anne

          • J Everett says:

            Anne, any dog that is put on Rimadyl for more than two weeks should have their blood check for liver problems regularly. If your vet did not recommend this then he/she is incompetent and is to blame for your dog’s passing.

            That would be like a human doctor prescribing a drug that clearly states that it should not be given to humans who already have existing liver problems or who does not tell you to get regular blood tests when the information on the drug clearly states that blood tests are normal protocol.

    • J Everett says:

      You should look for a new vet b/c your vet is incompetent or completely lacking knowledge of the possible side effects of medications he/she is prescribing.

      Don’t think that just b/c a vet went to veterinary school and is “technically” a doctor that they can’t be incompetent or make serious mistakes. This also goes for human doctors too. None of them are infalliable.

      As a pharmacy technician I see medication mistakes from doctors all the time.

  3. Carol Whitcombe says:

    Hi Pam I was wondering how you got on after stoping the Rimadyl.My Lab has been on Rimadyl for one week now and I can see a small improvment in him.However everyday at about 5.30pm he starts panting and a little confused which lasts for about one hour.I have advised my Vet this morning and he has suggested stoping the Rimadyl today and see how he is . I really do not want to put Zeek back any if I stop giving him them,but I dont want to damage him in any way.I would be very interested to see how you got on.Many Thanks Carol

    • Ginger Reuschling says:

      DONT DONT DONT put him back on. Please scroll down and read what I’m going thru…..and best of luck to you. I hope your critter gets well soon!

  4. J Landin says:

    My elderly cocker spaniel has developed congestive heart failure..can this be caused by this drug?

    • J Everett says:

      As a phamacy tech I can tell you that elderly dogs develop CHF just like elderly humans do. If your dog is over the age of 12 (about 80 years old in human years) then it probably isn’t the drug that’s causing heart problems. CHF is just a disease of old age.

  5. Rita says:

    My dog was diagnosed with Shar Pei fever and started Rimadyl last night. She also wet the bed during the night! Unfortunately, it was not her bed, but ours!
    Other than that she seems like her old self. No other side effects .

  6. Lee Emery says:

    Before starting a pet on Rimadyl for arthritis, check out the Veterinary Chiropractic Association website for a DVM list by state of DVM’s trained in chiropratic. The list also includes DC’s (Doctors of Chiropractic) who have had special training in the animal lumbar system. The DC may want you to bring x-rays of your pet. Chiropractic care of my pets has helped me stave off the need to use Rimadyl for quite a while and then the need to use it much later was only “as needed” and not a daily regimen.

  7. Gary says:

    Hello, I have a 13yr old lab mix and he has been on Rimadyl for 10 days and his hyperactivity and restlessness has continued to get worse, as well as licking paws panting and standing and staring at us like what is going on with me? I am stopping this medication and calling vet today to see what alternatives there are. I don’t feel the help he gets from med (which did improve his movements) is worth the extra 30 plus up and downs there are on a daily basis. I will update in a week or so, hopefully this activity reverses itself after D/C

  8. Susan says:

    This medicine has damaged my dog more than helped by far. It helped him recover from injury but also has cause him to bite himself so much that he has torn all his skin in places, have a weird tiredness about him, and his face and eyes are swelled. Their are more problems than benefits with this drug. Do not recommend it

  9. pat cross says:

    , on the 10th April my beautiful 5 year old Rottweiler had to be put to sleep, he had been prescribed Rimadyl on the 19th march for a limp, right foreleg.On the 9th April am, he was walking around with his teddybear in his mouth, eating & drinking as normal, within a couple of hours after having his Rimadyl with his meal at 1pm, he started to drink a lot & wee a lot, he became very lerthargic, just wanted to go in his bed. (7am 10th April ) A day that I will never forget, i attempted to put my dog out in the garden, my poor boy was staggering, could not coordinate his movements, it was if he was drunk, he just wanted to stay in his bed, he was panting very heavy, I cupped some water in my hands for him to lap up, he refused it, would not wee, would not eat barely responding to me, he was dying in front of my eyes. my dog was in fantastic health before the Rimadyl except for his limp, which was Xrayed 5 days before he had to be PTS, XRAY results were good, no bone cancer, no arthiritis, so was being treated for soft tissue injury, my god he only had a limp HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN, vet was called out to my home, my boy was in a very bad way, and had to be put to PTS. I reported suspected Rimadyl adverse reaction to Pfizer, who have paid for autopsy, i am now waiting for results.

    • Jackie Lewandowski says:

      Pat,
      I took my min pin to the vet on Saturday 8/11/2012. She had seemed to have hurt her back legs,possibly an injury by my Chihuahua who is in heat. She was prescribed the same drug rimadyl. Directions were to take 1/2 tab twice daily. She had a total of 3 doses. She started vomitting, staggering and her eyes started moving back and forth as if she was spinning. After the 3rd pill I decided not to give her anymore of the medication. I was hoping the symtoms would just wear off, but sadly they worsened. I called the 24hr animal hospital and was instructed to bring her to emergency with the medication. She is currently there now receiving full blood work up, xrays, urinalysis and iv fluids. Please let me know what the autospy results revealed. I am trying to stay hopeful, but my poor little baby did not look good.

    • Ginger Reuschling says:

      I am so, so sorry for your loss. My dog is fighting for her life right now from this med that was combined with another. I’m so sorry hun……. *hugggsss from a stranger.

    • Ginger Reuschling says:

      Pat, I am so, so sorry for your loss. My dog is fighting for her life right now from this med that was combined with another. I’m so sorry hun……. *hugggsss from a stranger.

    • donna says:

      First I have to say that I’m so sorry for your loss and what you had to go through with your dog. I’ve been reading here before using Rimadyl for my dog. After all of this, I think I’ll go back to sone high dose vitamin c first to see if it helps with her discomfort. I had to say, though, that if you think you’ll get an honest evaluation from Pfizer, who makes the stuff, it’s not very likely. These drug companies get their drugs approved by fudging the science in the first place. Our pets, just like we humans, are expendable for the sake of their huge profits.

    • Tom Tescher says:

      I just experienced the same thing with my German Shepherd. He was doing fine then got very lethargic and confused, stumbling around, then could not get up. Panting very heavy ten he died in my arms. He was great health except for developing a limp. I think this medicine killed my Yogi.

  10. james davis says:

    14 year old poodle using rimady just one dose went blind over night now has an eye deteroating . Healt seems really good, eats well, but blind. Has this happened before to any one

    • Mary says:

      Hi James,
      I just noticed my poodle mix seems to be going blind, with close up being the worse. Please tell me your poodle’s sight has come back?
      Mary

  11. Kalen says:

    My 10yo Rottweiler was prescribed Rimadyl for suspect arthritis in her right shoulder. In the past she was given Rimadyl after for ACL surgery and it worked wonders for the pain. Since it worked will for her in the past and since she is older and having some minor pain when going for short walks/hikes, (mind you we used to walk 8 miles a day, we are down to 1/2 mile walks and she’s lame)….Rimadyl worked wonders for her shoulder discomfort. She has now been on this medication for about 3 months. Just recently I have started to notice stumbling and staggering when she walks and partial paralyzing of her left rear leg. She has NEVER had this issue before. She does not seem to be in any pain, however after a short walks down the road she starts to stagger and then falls on her rear. Embarrassed, she will not have me help her she tried to get up in a hurry but cant seem to move her back leg. I’ve had suspicions about taking medications and their side effect and have been watching her. I just now took to the internet to see if there were other side effects that I did not find on Rimadyl’s site or what the Vet has not told me. We have already done a full screen of liver functions and all is perfect. Rimadyl seems to be the only culprit that I can think of. I am going to STOP having her take this medication IMMEDIATELY. I will be contacting my vet 1st thing in the morning…..I cant and wont have my dog taking this medication anymore.

    • frankhurd says:

      Hi kalen,
      Sorry to hear about your dog,fortunately you had the good sense to take your dog off this med.
      My dog is an 11 yr old shepherd/chow mix,I got him from the pound when he was 6 mos. old.He has always been a rough and tumble type of dog,he has hiked with me all over the country. A 15 mile hike in the summer,carrying his own pack was nothing for him.
      About a year ago he starting losing the fur on his tail and was in pain,vet said it was thyroid problem with arthritis also…he prescribed him soloxine and rimadyl.
      Buddy did great for about a week and then on a very hot day he started staggering and falling down…I attributed this to his age and possible heat stroke,put cold towels on him and a fan and he recovered nicely.
      About a week later, he exhibited the same problems only much worse and he never was outside,stayed in the a/c all day.He could not walk or even stand…constant panting all night and confusion.
      Ultimately he has pulled throughand is regaining function day by day,its been 3 days and he can walk now but still stumbles alittle,he can pe and poop and is eating and drinking normally now,DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG THIS DRUG,I ALMOST KILLED MY DOG…TWICE!!I feel so bad about it!!I should have known better,all of these episodes happened within 3 or 4 hours of taking rimadyl.Hpoe this helps.

      • Andy says:

        Frankhurd did your dog recover fully? How is she right now? This is in line with my dog’s symptoms.

    • Dawn says:

      See my testimony above. My coon dog also exhibits signs of paralysis in the left hind leg with a staggering gait, narrow base of support, and still limps on her front right leg. Don’t know if its from the brown dog tick ehrlichia or the Rimadyl.

  12. Anndanelle says:

    It is now too late for my rottie Max and I as he was euthanized today. On July 30 he was diagnosed with bone cancer and was prescribe rimadyl. I have always been suspicious of the side effects of drugs but reluctantly gave him as I couldn’t bear to think that my baby was in pain. Within the last two weeks Max’s tummy started to swell, today August 31 the vet extracted fluid from his stomach and discovered it was full of blood. Given the cancer and this complication that surfaced, I have to make a tough decision to put my boy to sleep, he would have only been 2 years in November! Max had all the symptoms noted by others in this forum since taking rimadyl, restlessness, heavy panting, reduced appetite, etc. It just hurts too much, I miss my baby.

    • Ginger Reuschling says:

      oh sweetie, my heart goes out to you. We put so much trust in our vets and doctors and don’t find out until something dramatic happens that they screwed up. I’m so sorry for your loss … my dog is fighting for her life right now..she’s been in ICU for a week. And she’s so special. I’m so sorry for your loss …. *huggggsss to u too from a stranger in pain.

    • Dawn says:

      Sorry for your loss Anndanelle! My vet suspects bone cancer too with my coon dog, but was more recently diagnosed with Ehrlichia, so I’m treating with Doxycycline and Rimadyl, and chose on my own to cut dosages way down due to the side effects and substancial weight loss. Euthanasia was the best choice for your dog. There is a quality of life euthanasia scale on line to score when making that decision objectively.

  13. JLM says:

    I was recently told by a research chemist that administering aspirin to a dog while it is on Rimadyl will cause a fatal reaction within hours. She recommends waiting 3 weeks of detoxing from Rimadyl before administering aspirin. Obviously, ecotrin coated aspirin if it works against canine arthritis is a better alternative with less side effects.

    My Vet refutes the chemist’s claim of the severe reaction to aspirin. Has anyone come across this before?

    • Ginger Reuschling says:

      My vet said “absolutely not” when I asked if I could give my dog aspirin or tylenol. “Not even baby aspirin” he said.

    • Donna says:

      I was giving 1/4 baby aspirin to my chihuahua for arthritis. Vet said stop and give Rimydal. I did. She started stumbling and holding head sideways and back legs became paralysed. I thought she was having a stroke. I gave her 1/4 baby aspirin. The next day started range of motion therapy myself on her back legs. I stopped the Rimydal and continued 1/4 baby aspirin daily. It has been 2 weeks. She stopped the stumbling in 2 days and her legs improved in 2 days. She is 13 y/o. I will give her baby aspirin as needed for arthritis and WILL NEVER give her Rimydal again.

    • denise b. says:

      YES after being on this medication for nerve damage in a leg i was told to give her aspirin because she was arthitic she was put down yesterday because of the side effects. lesson learned the hard way

  14. Sandy says:

    On August 27 my dog 9 1/2 year old Shepard mix was unable to walk. This was something she was having trouble with. She was 106 Lbs and a large dog, but not fat just big. She was walked every day but was diabetic and on insulin. We took her to the vet. He gave her 100 mg Rimadyl four times. X rays were taken and her lungs, heart spine looked good. Only arthritis in her knees. Vet said she was otherwise in good health.. She was able to walk a little for 2 days. We took her home and gave her 2 more doses. On August 30 she stopped eating wouldn’t get up and looked depressed. We were told to continue to give half of her insulin and stop the Carprofen 75 mg. which we did. She would eat small amounts of chicken or liver but refused her food. We notified Vet again. On September 2 she was short of breath, black vomit, blood coming out of her rectum unable to get up, panting, unable to drink. Vet started an I V and she died. New x rays showed her lungs filled with fluid. Was this drug ever tested on diabetics? This does not make sense as she never should have died so young and suffered so. Vet said her heart just stopped. This would never have happened if she wasn’t given that medication. Now I have to live with this. I have the X rays as proof.

  15. Jodi says:

    My 13 yr old dog, eva was prescribed Rimadyl for osteoporosis of her hips and severe arthritis in her joints. In the past month she eats infrequently and tiny portions and began throwing up. She has lost at least 6-7 lbs and I am worried constantly.
    she has been off Rimadyl for one week. Eva is no longer throwing up, but she won’t eat. Has anyone experience in how his or her dog regained their appetitie?

    I am hesitant to trust her vet. I feel disheartened that they prescribed Eva rimadyl and did not warn me of the side-effects. Also, as eva is 13 my vet is always discussing the end. I truly just want to help eva and would like to know if there is hope.

    • Tonya says:

      Our Candy girl is 13 1/2, choc. lab. Vet started her on Rimadyl about a yr ago.
      Ran a complete check on her organs before taking it. Everything was fine. The Rimadyl helped tremendously with her arthritis. Up until last 2 months, she has had no visible side effects. What I’ve noticed is heavy panting at night, and at times just seemed to be too tired to move during the day, (which I contributed to her age) but my biggest concern is her appetite. It has decreased a lot. There would be some days when she wouldn’t eat at all. I have finally contributed it to the Rimadly.
      After almost a week of not taking it, (giving it to her) she has eaten much better the last day and 1/2. I’ve been reading all these concerns and problems this morning and am so upset about the side effects that everyone is having. I don’t think I will give her it anymore, but without it I feel she is in pain with her arthritis. I don’t know what else to give her with out causing other problems.

  16. Robin says:

    Okay freaking out after reading all these. Just home from the vet just gave my dog her 1st dose of Rimadyl & wondering if there is a way I can get her to throw it up!?? She has a leg problem as well .. this is suppose to help reduce the swelling & stop pain. Anyone have a good experience!? Why are they still prescribing this!?

  17. Susan says:

    My 8 year old Rottweiler was given Rimadyl a few months ago because she’s been having trouble getting around. At first, the Rimadyl seemed to work well but in the last month, my husband and I noticed she is starting to stumble when she walks and seems to have trouble with coordination. My husband said it’s like she’s drunk or something. She never had any problems like that before. Her blood and urine tests before she was given the Rimadyl came out fine. I have discontinued giving it to her as of last week, and I won’t get the prescription refilled. I will call the vet and see if there is something else that doesn’t have the side effects that this drug seems to have. Also, my condolences to anyone who has lost their dog possibly because of this drug.

    • tracy says:

      look into Metacam

      • Pat says:

        Please be very cautious in giving Metacam to your dog. Our Molly, 95 lb 13 year old Lab, took Metacam for about a year. She woke up vomiting early one morning. After several X-rays it was determined that she had a tumor on her spleen. During surgery to remove her spleen the surgeon discovered a large ulcer on her stomach which was the cause of the vomiting. Thankfully, Molly has fully recovered from surgery and the tumor was benign but it was tough going for awhile. In post op consultation the surgeon said the ulcer was absolutely caused by the Metacam and to stop giving it to Molly immediately. Our other Lab, 9 year old Daisy, has been taking Rimadyl daily for about 2 years. It has helped ease the discomfort of her arthritis but having read so many sad stories on this post I am wondering what I can use to substitute for Rimadyl. We have Daisy’s liver function tested every 3 months, so far so good. Without Rimadyl she doesn’t want to go for the walks that she dearly loves. What do I do now? Daisy gets acupuncture and cold laser treatments every week but still needs something for pain. Trauma doll helps but makes her lethargic.

  18. Delia says:

    Rimadyl was prescribed for my Tennessee Treeing Brindle after she was hit by a pickup truck, which resulted in bruising, but no broken bones, and no signs of internal bleeding. About an hour after administering the Rimadyl today she began panting, her haunches were shaking, and she was glassy eyed. I thought it was because the medication hadn’t started taking effect yet, instead of the effect of the medication. She jumped up and wanted to pee. She had been refusing water, which was a huge concern, and I had begun spraying and pouring water at regular intervals. I panicked when I saw blood in the urine, and thought it was because of internal injuries that were just now becoming apparent. After reading about the side effects, I think these symptoms are probably side effects of this medication. The vet never mentioned there might be a problem. They’ll hear from me tomorrow. Pfuck Pfizer! This is scary. I would never take medication or administer medication to my child without reading about side effects, but I gave this to my sweet dog without reading up on it because I was still in a traumatized state and so relieved at being told that she was going to be alright. Now I’ll be detoxing her immediately. Thank you so very much for this information. Everyone must be warned. I hope I’ve caught it soon enough.

  19. Arthur says:

    My pitt bull/black lab was given rymidal for a ACL and he broke out on his tail and anal area, became loopy or spacey and stopped eatting. He was on it for a week. I hope he recovers from the drug effects soon!

  20. Lori says:

    My 10 year old lab was prescribed rimadyl for a knee injury. After 12 days on the medication he is refusing to eat and drink and has been vomiting for 3 days. I have stopped the medication. Can this medication cause ulcers? Im worried he could have liver damage.

    • Ginger Reuschling says:

      YES!!!! it can (and does in most cases) cause ulcers and it is extremely hard on the liver … especially if he’s on medication for anything else. My dog is fighting for her life right now…she’s been in ICU for a week.

  21. Joanne says:

    My 5 year old Lab/staff cross dog Busta was seen by our vet on the 20th September 2012 for slight pain in his leg (possibly muscle pain), and was given Rimadyl and Tramal. Busta got very drowsy, so we told the vet, he said to take him off the Tramal. After 3 days the symptoms were still present and now Busta will not eat and just sleeps all day. His symptoms include being tired, not eating, not drinking much, staring into space, can’t get comfortable, depression and fainting. Today the 24th September 2012 I stopped giving him the Rimadyl. We are keeping a close eye on him now, but his health is deteriorating. I wish to god that I had never started giving this drug to my poor boy. This drug should be taken off the market.

  22. Jennifer says:

    DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG THIS MEDICINE! It made my Lab really sick to the point of throwing up, barely wanting to eat, low energy and made her one liver enzyme sky rocket. The range for the ALT liver enzyme is between 0-100. Anna`s ALT liver enzyme level was 7,260.

    • Sara says:

      Jennifer,

      I just went through the same thing and sadly my lab passed away from it. I’m so ticked off that my vet gave us no warning that this was a possibility and the ER vet we had to take her to had no idea what was causing her problems. Her liver enzyme level was in the 9000 range and she was bleeding from both ends so bad. I hope your dog was able to make it through.

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/250603-serious-side-effects-of-rimadyl/

    • Julie says:

      Hi all, my dog Thunder, was prescribed Rimadyl by the vet for pain after he was neutered last Friday. He is 9 months old. Well ever since we brought him home he has had HORRIBLE diahrrea and now started vomitting. I stopped the Rimadyl on Sunday night but he is still sick. He is currently at the vet getting checked out. Keep your fingers crossed for him. Oh and by the way, he is half lab and half beagle.

  23. Brandy says:

    Hi,

    I have a 13 year old dalmatian and she has arthritis in her spine. When we first found out we gave her Rimadyl and she has been using it for months. We are in the process of looking for a new pain reliever for her and can’t decide. She hasn’t thrown up or urinated or had blood in her stool. She has stared at us for long periods of time and know I suspect Rimadyl might be the cause. The vet couldn’t say it was the drug so I’m not sure what causes it. She does stumble a little when she walks. She’ll be sniffing something and her front leg just kind of gives out on her and she ends up on her chest. Luckily she always gets right back up. When she wasn’t on medicine she was very stiff and still seems stiff but doesn’t seem to be in such pain. The vet did a blood test to check her internals and found the liver enzymes that show Rimadyl is negatively affecting her are normal. The vet did another liver enzyme is high and they are not sure why, so I ‘ll have to look into that. The vet also says Tramadol is another option to help with pain relief but there are risks with that drug as well. I would prefer to not give her any medication but she has pretty sever arthritis and already can’t walk down stairs and has a hard time lying down so I’m not sure what else I can do for her. I want her to age in as little pain as possible but I don’t want to do damage to her insides before her time. :( She has had a good life.

    Thanks for your posts. I really appreciate the post about saying your dog stares into space or at you for a long period of time. I haven’t read that anyone else had this experience or is a symptom anywhere else on the web or from the vet so that is very helpful. Thanks.

  24. Theresa says:

    I adopted a senior dog 2 weeks ago. They said he was on Rimadyl for arthritus. I ordered the Rimadyl but had to wait 5 days to get it. During the first 5 days not on the drug he was pooping and peeing outside, wasnt over eating or over drinking. As soon as I got the Rimadyl and gave it too him he started pooping and peeing in the house, even after taking him outside a million times its like he gets the urge and cant hold it. This morning he didnt even want to get out of his dog bed. Im stopping it tonight, unfortunitly I already gave it to him:( Poor pup. Like going to a new home isnt scarey enough for him. And what a waste of $200.

  25. Barbara says:

    Our 25 pound Chug was in pain and we suspected arthritis in one leg. The vet agreed and prescribed Rimidyl, 25 mg, which she has been on for 7 days. She initially had a cortisone shot which lasted 2 days — then we started the Rimidyl. So far, she’s OK. I have noticed she’s not keen on eating dog food — but offer her fish from the table, or any human food, and she’s there. Her appetite is good. Her bathroom habits are all normal. But she is scratching to beat the band. She has had this issue for a long time but it seems it might be a bit pronounced with this drug — and I see that that’s a side effect. No fleas anywhere — just dry skin, I fear. Her painful gait is completely gone, she jumps onto & off furniture, and is feeling much more spry than before, so for that I’m thankful. I will, tho, watch for the other issues you all have brought up here. Thank you.

  26. Cinta says:

    Our 9 yr old male shepherd been on these 50mg @1/12 twice a day .. Also tramadol for shoulder injury ..he s acting daft and confused even scared of me and hubby who he utterly adores us normally ..has aged in a week even frail …

  27. Nicole says:

    My 12 yr old lab went in for a yearly exam & bloodwork, the Vet wanted to do X-rays as well so I agreed. When she got home she was very sore and could barely move, the vet said they probably aggrivated her arthritis when they streched her out for the xrays. She was put on rimadyl and I have been giving it since (about a month) she started getting finicky about eating a week into it, I thought it might be from hurting so much so i continued to give it to her. About a week ago I noticed skin issues & asked the vet about it. He was clueless as to what it was, put her on antibiotics to see if it would help. Now that I’m more informed on this drug (rimadyl) I wonder if its not the culprit behind both issues. I am stopping this drug now!!! Will call the vet Monday morning & discuss the situation. Has anyone else dealt with skin issues with this drug?

  28. vicki in az says:

    my min dauchshund had been on this poison for a week. Bloody blisters varying in size that seem to appear overnight growing on the right side have appeared. I washed and the put tincture of violet on to stop the oozing and to promote healing.Why didn’t a professional warn me of these side effects??????? She is suffering from coccdiomycosis and spinal disorders as it is. She just turned six last month and now her already shortened lifespan (3yrs tops) has been devastating to all who love her. I pray she lasts another week!!!!!!!!…..10/13

  29. Jeanne says:

    I have a 22 month, 67 pound, brindle Stafford she is a rescue puppy and has had bad back legs at a very birth.
    When she injured her tendons and was limping and I took her to the vet and she was given Rimadyl every twelve hours on a full stomach. It was weird how she wasn’t getting better, but at the end of the two weeks she got instantly better. Weird.
    Now again Daisy injured her back leg took her again to the vet and the vet did the liver/kidneys test which were normal. So again she was given this time 75 mg of Rimadyl every twelve on full stomach. It has been 7 days today and I noticed pee on the bed and she isn’t eating which is not like her. She is very interested in food! She is getting better, but I am going to reduce her dosage to half.

  30. Stevie Handley says:

    I have just given my dog Piccolo one dose this morning as he is sore from 2 operations this week, he is also on Tramadol, he has been panting and salivating, after reading these threads, no more for him, he has enough problems….

  31. Anna says:

    Pfizer Animal Health phone# 1-800-366-5288

  32. linda says:

    This did not effect my lab badly, she has arthritis, then injured her knee, we tried everything but it gave her diarrhoeal, we found cutting the medication in half or even quater, was enough to help her walk, a full does did make her restless and panting, she now been on it for 3 months, if we stop it she becomes crippled, i feel its brought sky more time, love her so much.

  33. Glenn says:

    Our 10 year old chocolate lab, Sophie was prescribed rimadryl. She has been on it about a week, and her activity level is about zero. She just wants to sleep, and will not eat. She has been throwing up as well. I can’t believe the vet did not warn us of these side effects. I feel terrible that I did not research this before giving her this drug. We have stopped giving her this drug, I just hope it is not too late. Going to the vet tomorrow, they will hear about this!! She has exhibited all the side effects of this drug and is worse than before she started it. I don’t know why the vet failed to inform us of the side effects.

  34. Kim says:

    My boxer went to the vet yesturday due to limping on her right front leg. Diasy is 2 1/2 years old. The vet prescribed Rimadyl once a day. I gave daisy her first dose of Rimadyl that day (around 3pm), but daisy woke me up vomiting and making strange coughing noises at 4:30 in the morning. I am very concerned about this drug. I am going to discontinue immediately. The vet did not notice swollen joints or any obvious injury when prescribing Rimadyl for the limp. I will pay for x-rays and blood work before I risk my beautiful dogs life to a possible dangerous drug. I will call my vet today explaining why I am stopping this dangerous drug immediately.

  35. Shannon says:

    My 12 year old shepherd mix collapsed on her walk the other night and couldn’t get up. We took her to the ER vet and they prescribed rimadyl. She took it for 4 days and improved greatly – she is able to walk with a limp now. However, now she has really bad diarrhea so I am stopping the medication and taking her to her regular vet in the morning. I hope she is OK. Wish I had found this page before I gave her the meds. :-(

  36. Sarah says:

    I’m surprised by the bad experiences with Rimadyl, because my dog was fine with it – but then again, he was only on the drug for a week for pain. He ruptured his right anal glad, and had to be put on Rimadyl for pain. His dose was 25 mg a day. The only side effect I noticed was he was a bit drowsy and slept for a couple hours after I administered the pill. But other than that, he ate fine and also drank water, no vomiting or abnormal stool at all.

    But as I mentioned, he didn’t take the medicine long term. I’ve heard it affects the liver quite severely, so I would assume it’s not supposed to be a long term drug. But I’m not a vet :)

  37. Diana says:

    My 8 year old lab was prescribed rimadyl for lameness from an arthritic shoulder.
    Within a couple of hours of the first dose he was acting most strangely and immediately started acting strangely- he could not settle and was running around in a frenzied state. He then collapsed and panted struggling for breath and had several full on seizures. My vet said discontinue medication immediately which I did.

    I am concerned about a possible long term effect on his organs from this experience. He has not been the same since this attack and has lost weight and appears listless.. Has anyone got any suggestions?

  38. melody says:

    I had been giving my dog rimadyl for 1 week and noticed hot spots and him staring off into space. Took him to the vet yesterday and they said no way it was the rimadyl they said it must be something else. Last night he was having a hard time standing up without kind of losing his balance. I have had him off the rimadyl for 3 days now, he has lot 2#s and his eyes look like he is sorry for something he did wrong. He is 13 and though his front legs were weak this is no way to treat it. I just hope he gets to be OK, he had to be shaved on his hip area due to the hot spots. (he chewed himself up), now he is on other drugs. Pfizer should tell the vets to make sure they tell their clients about what could happen with this drug. I am thinking about trying to sue the Vet for non-disclosure of the side effects of this. I will be writing pfizer about it too.

  39. Susan says:

    My Schnauzer was having some problems with her back legs and Rimadyl was subscribed. I remember checking out the side affects of this drug years ago and had forgotten all about it when it was prescribed. Now I remember how many dogs reacted poorly to it. She is now having “mini” strokes. No more Rimadyl for her!

  40. Ginger Reuschling says:

    I took my dog in to the vet for a sprained kneecap or sprained tendon, he gave her Rimadyl AND steroids. NEVER NEVER NEVER let ANYONE mix those two drugs. This is commonly known throughout “vetdom”, yet he did it anyway. (I, of course, didn’t know any better. That’s what you pay your vet for…to know what you don’t.) She had been on phenobarbitol for years for seizures (which is hard on the liver and kidneys) and he DID NOT do a blood test before adminsistering the drugs. 48 hours later she was fighting for her life and, now, a week later, is STILL in ICU fighting to stay alive. The steroids suppress and can even stop the immune system, and the Rimadyl CAUSES bleeding ulcers and GI problems. PLEASE PLEASE pray for her. Her name is Zoe. If u dont believe in prayer, please send all the good thoughts you can her way. I am completely gutted by all this. I’ve had asthma attacks, panic attacks, I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t do anything but worry about my dog. i just can’t lose this dog…she’s too special. Not like this. And yes … there is one HUGE lawsuit coming his way. Be careful of this stuff…especially if your dog has other issues going on. MAKE them take a blood test FIRST!

  41. Paul says:

    I recently took my 7 year old cocker in for a knee injury…they prescribed rimadyl and two days later he had to be hospitalized. He became very anemic and was diagnosed IMHA. He died two days later for complications…i am CONVINCED this drug did this. All the vets who saw him say it is unlikely that Rimadyl caused this, but he had blood work done prior to him taking the meds and he was perfectly healthy…with hours of taking the drug he was already feeling lethargic and looked a bit wobbly…I just though his knee was hurting him…I really think that Rimadyl can trigger IMHA in otherwise healthy dogs…it is a cruel disease that is horrible for all dogs, but in particular cocker spaniels.

  42. Jim Welles says:

    My 100 lb Black Lab had knee surgery three weeks ago and was diagnosed with Staphkloccus Inermedius. He is on Choramphenicol and 75mg Rimadyl twice a day.
    Noted on your site that Labs are particularly susceptible to side effects from Rimadyl. Duke is very lethargic, but didn’t notice that as being a side effect, or is it?
    Thanks.

  43. Diedre says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments. My little Chihuahua, Jade, is on Rimadyl for arthritis problems. She initially was prescribed 1/2 a pill, but I didn’t like the way the pill caused her to act (lethargic, glassy-eyed, spaced out). The vet suggested that we reduce the dose to 1/4, so we did and started only giving it to her when she appeared to be in pain. At intervals, her arm would begin to jerk involuntarily. So, we thought it was due to pain so we continued to give her the Rimadyl as needed. Her condition has gotten worst. Her front limb and rear limb shake involuntarily. Her rear limb shakes as if she is scratching uncontrollably. Her foot taps the floor uncontrollably. These episodes happen every hour through the night and several times during the day. My vet is doing blood work now and has taken her off Rimadyl. I will keep you posted, but please continue to update this page with information.

  44. Oscar says:

    DO NOT USE THIS MEDICATION! I had no idea about all of these stories, I wish I would’ve known! My mom just got home after visiting me at my university out of town and when she got back home my Maltese had blood all over the living room and his pee pad! It was dark red and he was throwing up! She called me and we didn’t know what it could be and all of these stories are making me think this is what it could be. He took this this morning and this is what my mom came home to. She rushed him to the emergency vet and they just put him on an IV for the night and are starting a blood work. I just hope he will be okay. We already have to pay $727.00 just for him to be there over night.

  45. James says:

    Have a 10 year old yellow lab. Took her off this medication after three days. Panting, hyper, drooling. Back to normal after two days.

  46. meg says:

    Tonite I noticed Icey breathing quicker thn usual her glassy eyes I have noticed before but thought her high from rimadyl but seeing all these side affects after writting this I am throwing the rest out I will go back to my homapathic now I see she may even be a bit paralyzed her condition makes it confusing in she can’t get up easily even without rimadyl at least she’s eating and not bleeding so it stops today she is 11feb14 and I want her better Ty for listening goin to not disturb her but check on her good day to all also sorry for loses due to this horrible drug

  47. I put my 10 year old chow mix on rimadyl for moderate hip arthritis, and then gradually noticed her instability on her feet. Furthermore, her BUN rose to 61 mg/dL (normal = 6-29) and her creatinine rose to 3.0 mg/dL (normal = 0.6-1.6). Also, her ALP, GGT, and ALT dramatically rose! She showed signs of renal failure, most likely due to the administration of rimadyl. She is now undergoing 3 days of I.V. hydration therapy in an attempt to flush out these nitrogenous wastes. Truly pathetic!
    Douglas S. Shearer, Ph.D., M.D./Human Pathologist

  48. Sharon says:

    I have a 7 yr old dachshund mix. He had a problem with his back a couple of years ago and the vet treated him with cortisone, pain meds and muscle relaxers and he was fine within a few days. Several days I noticed him exhibinting the same pain syptoms but not the wobble he had before. I have moved so I took him to another vet who put him on rymadil. Two days later he was partially paralyzed and could not move his back legs. I called the vet who said over the phone that he must have a ruptured disc and there was nothing she could do. I have an appointment with another vet in 2 days (it is Saturday). I was reading the list of side effects and I saw paralysis so I am not sure his back really did go bad or is it the rymadil. I was treating him with aspirin and am debating whether to stop the rymadil and go back to aspirin.

  49. Joel says:

    My 2 year labrador was put on 75 mg of Rimadyl twice a day for minor hind leg knee pain. After just one dose at night he had to urinate about 5 times instead of being able to hold it the whole night. Today was the the third day and though his knee seems to be out of pain he has had extreem diarea the whole day. He was in the Pet Story today and did diarea all over twice with 30 seconds. He was running out of control hitting the aisles until I could get him outside where he crapped again. I came home and looked up the side effects to Rimadyl and I dont like what i’m seeing. I will stop the giving him the drug and will call the Vet on Monday since they aren’t open on Sunday.

  50. donna says:

    I trusted my Vet’s judgement and gave my precious Little Pug this medication- She was 7 years old and had some hip/nerve issues otherwise very active and healthy (never sick a day in her life) – the Vet preformed chiropratic treatment and gave her Rimadyl . She died a week later, she seemed to choke, cough– This was shock to my family– I have no doubt in my mind it was that medication– why are Doctors giving this medicatin–

  51. Emily says:

    My 10 year old golden mix seemed be having joint issues so we took him to the vet and the prescribed him to rimadyl for arthritis. For the first 3 weeks he was doing AMAZING! Running around like he use to. Then one day he stopped eating, being extremely lethargic, would just sit there and stare, walk very slowly, etc. I took him off the rimadyl this morning. He ate some wet food today and has a vet appointment today. I’m thinking this drug isn’t good for him…

  52. Ray says:

    Today is Friday. On Monday our 6 year old Scotch Collie (75 lbs-looks like Lassie) was out running around with me and my daughter while she took photographs for a college course. On Tuesday we took the dog to the vet after he threw up (we believe he got into some rabbit poo). The vet called to say she noticed during the exam that he seemed to be in pain, and had yelped when she lifted him up under his belly. She recommended an injection of Rimadyl for his pain and possible inflamation., and sent home some Carprofen (75mg) to be given twice daily, starting Wednesday morning. When we brought him home early Tuesday evening, he seemed a little lithargic-we just thought we was worn out from our unusually busy day.

    Wednesday morning I gave him the Carprofen tablet after he ate breakfast. A little later that morning we noticed that he seemed to be stumbling and was having a hard time walking. By that evening, I had to hold his collar to help him outside for his business while he leaned up against me for support. He didn’t want his dinner, so I sprinkled bacon pieces on it to get him to eat. And then I administered the 2nd carprofen. That night I asked a friend for a referral to a vet/chiropractor thinking that maybe his back was out causing the walking problems, and thankfully I found one.

    When I checked on him Thursday, he was laying on his bed, his hind legs to the right and his front legs were to the left. In front of his snout was a pile of vomit. When i tried to get him to get up he wouldn’t move. I carefully picked up his hind legs and turned them under him to the left, and then urged him to get up. He tried to left his head, but nothing else moved. I called the chiro/vet’s office for an emergency appointment. My husband and I dragged him on his bed to the back door, and the dog tried to get up, but his hind end was basically not reponding. So we lifted him into the back of our van, and took him to the chiro/vet.

    The chiro/vet was able to get him to stand and walk, although he was still nery wobbly and needed help. They treated him throughout the day, and when we got the dog home, he hobbled in and collapsed on the living room carpet. We just kept him there all night.

    This morning, Friday, he was able to get up with help and get to the back yard for business, but then laid on the floor without hardly moving. I began to go through the details of every day to see what was out of the ordinary for the dog. RIMADYL was the glaring answer. As I looked at the list of side effects, it was like a check list of what our dog was experiencing. I quickly called the chiro/vet and he said he would review Rimadyl and call me back. Within a couple of hours he had he return the dog to his office to begin a detox program, and that’s what I did.

    So now we’re back home, and my sweet dog is on his bed in the living room, and I am here close beside him, wondering if he will make it through the night. I would not have believed you if you had told me this would happen a week ago. Just this Sunday he was chasing balls and frisbees in the back yard, barking at the squirrels and passersby, and playing chase up the stairs with my son…

    This drug should have RED FLAGS all over it!! DO NOT USE!!!!

    • Ray says:

      Yesterday we buried our sweet friend. Blood work showed that his liver function and kidneys were okay, and so he did not die from Rimadyl. The vet believes that he had brain lesions. I believe that the Rimadyl triggered this underlying issue to surface in a vicious way, catipulting him to a death that occurred much sooner than it otherwise would have. Up until he got that shot, we had little evidence that there were issues in his health. So today I awoke to a quiet house; it will take time to get used to not having him here. Please take extreme caution before using this drug–make sure your vet has a complete history and labwork done (with results IN) before it is administered.

  53. Dawn says:

    My lab has been on rimadyl for a while now after surgery for a cruciate ligament injury
    She has been acting weird this week , staring and disorientated , she has had terrible
    Diarrhoea with blood in it , the vet diagnosed colitis, can rimadyl give
    Stomach ulcers ?
    She hasn’t had rimadyl since Sunday 10 march and I don’t think I’m going to
    Put her on it again doesanyone know of an alternative natural therapy for arthritis
    In dogs
    D

  54. Hally says:

    My 4 year old Peekapoo was given Rimadyl for her luxating patella. She had surgery on 1/24/13 and almost immediately began omitting and diarrhea . She had been lethargic and her ALT liver enzyemes are elevated. We took her off it immediately and today 3/15/13 her enzymes are still elevated and she still vomits ever other day. This drug is toxic DO NOT Ever give to your beloved dog. Her treatment for her liver problem will end up costing us more than her surgery!

  55. Kathryn says:

    We just finished burial for our English Bulldog. She was on this drug a few months for arthritis. Her lab values were normal last month. 4 days ago she woke up glassy eyed, dazed, uncoordinated. She vomited & had diarrhea. Refused to eat. Continued to drink water & urinate. Her lab liver values were elevated. She had blood in her abdomen. Her liver & spleen were impacted. She passed today and my children and I have lossed a deeply loved friend. The boys have never known a day without her unconditional love. This drug is very risky. If you have other options – choose them – before you are standing at your dogs grave. There has to be better options.

  56. Linda says:

    Our Border Collie, Dakota, was prescribed Rimadyl and 90 days later she was dead.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Rimadyl killed our dog and best friend, Dakota. So I am writing this to inform others. We did not do enough research on the medication prescribed and instead relied on our veterinarian to make the best decision for treatment, which our family now sincerely regrets.

    Our Scottsdale veterinarian placed 13 year old Dakota on Rimadyl because he thought it was a great drug for elderly dogs. He did not run a baseline blood test at the start of treatment or any blood test during the 90 days.

    Each time we raised a red flag regarding Dakota’s physical and mental changes the vet offset it with, “the dog is old we just want to keep her comfortable.” The tragic irony is that Dakota suffered immensely, bleed out on the way to ER and again at the ER. She was in grave condition and had to be was euthanized 6 hours later.

    This could have been avoided if the proper blood work was done before and periodically during the course of treatment.

    Do due diligence I can not overstate this and to say that it is a matter of life or death is an understatement.

    In closing our Scottsdale veterinarian cause our pet’s life to be cut short and for her to suffer the last months of her life by subscripting Rimadyl and not monitoring her vital signs. Think more than twice before going down the Rimadyl path it may well be the last path you take with your best friend.

  57. carol kozak says:

    My girl is half german shorthair and lab mix. She is 14 yrs. old and for the last 9 mos. is showing stiffness getting up & down and some age related arthritis. The vet says she has slight arthritis but good shape for her age and no other medical problems. I wanted to give her something to take the “edge” off and have been giving this drug. Well….she stares into space and holds it for a long time, is shakey on her feet, can’t get comfortable, wanders aimlessly around the house….and I HAVE IMMEDIATELY STOPPED THIS DRUG.
    I found a homopathic alternative on VETIONX.COM called Arthro-IonX ….check it out. Am hoping that these nasty side effects from the rimidal will go away and am watching her closely.

    • Kay says:

      Hi, I was wondering how your dog is recovering? I am going through the same thing now with my golden.

  58. Nora Becker says:

    We administered rimadyl to our 7 year old cocker spaniel who has a so call back injury. After prescribing the pill, he went from a normal active dog to a dog that stood around with and not listening to commands, nor eating, not going out to eliminate, vomiting. He is like a zombie. After checking the side effects we are pulling him off the pill immediately! Why aren’t the vets telling us the customer of the side effects prior to prescribing the meds?? Tomorrow we are requesting an X-Ray for his hip and back. No more rimadyl!!!! Ugh!!!

  59. Tim Hogue says:

    I have an 8 year rold miniature dauschand who has a slipped disc and/or so called back problem was given Rimadyl. The fifth day on the medication I noticed that he is very lethargic, lacks coordination and is having trouble keeping his front left paw stable and stumbles. I began researching and came accross this blog. I am not going to give him anymore and call the vet tomorrow. Any other comments and/or suggestions?

  60. ashley says:

    Our Australian Shep. mix is 13 yrs old. She recently started having trouble with her back legs being weak. The vet gave her rimadyl … she was fine the first week…but soon started panting, not eating, not walking. Just going limp and not able to stand or walk. Her skin is flaking…I thought she was dying after 3 weeks. I stopped the meds. and she is now eating and regaining her strength. Taking her to vet Monday…

    • Kay says:

      We are going through this now with our 13 yr old golden, Sammy. Our vet gave us rimadyl to try for her arthritis (not too bad-trouble sometimes getting up the 2 stairs on our deck) After 5 doses (2 1/2 days) she is not eating, drinking, can not get up on her own, can’t stand or walk unaided. Lethargic, and cant even keep her head up. Took her back to the vet today, he thinks its the rimadyl too and called Pfister and talked with their vets–did all kinds of tests, they are keeping her for a couple days and have her on IV’s now. Hoping for the best. Will post more as we get more info.

  61. Mary says:

    Our 15 year GSD/Lab mix is doing well on Rimadyl. Her walking and ability to climb stairs has improved immensely. I am so happy this medication has worked so well for her. She started it a few months before turning 15.

  62. Rebecca says:

    Our 14+ year old boxer/rottie mix has been on rimadyl for about a year and over the course of the last two weeks is now unable to use her back legs. Quite possible a rimadyl side effect, I hate seeing her go through this and I really hate the decisions that have to be made as a result but the reality is she’s an old dog that got a year of comfort from using it. We lost our lab/ridgeback mix last year at 13+ with a similar experience, it did wonders for her and then hind leg mobility started to fade after about 2 years on rimadyl… although in the end it was a brain tumor that took her.

    It sounds like it’s been a real problem for some but for us the year or two of comfort was well worth the possibility that it had a negative impact at the end. Not sure you can even call it a side effect after that long…

  63. Cindy says:

    My 12 yo cockapoo was put on Rimadyl for back pain. She was fine the first 2 weeks but then started having diarrhea, for 10 days now. Appetite and thirst were gone also. The vet said it couldn’t be from the Rimadyl. I brought in a stool sample…no evidence. After keeping me awake at night for 10 nights, because she has to poop every half hour, I have decided NO MORE RIMADYL!!! Hopefully she will recover….

  64. tina says:

    i have a 9 month old german shepherd my vet says she has hip dyplasia she was givin rimadyl and joint pills and calcium pills plus tramadol she has had exrays to sho and he wants to do surgery by taking out the ball joint and just let tissue fill in i don’t know what to do helppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  65. karen davie says:

    My dog Spencer just passed on May 11th on our way to the hospital. He was bleeding internally and the cause of this? Rimadyl he was a beautiful 11 year old golden retriever and I have sent a letter to the vet who did this and needless to say it wasn’t a pretty letter. Please do not give your dog this drug it is a lethal and terrible medication. It should be banned from using it. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you who have lost your babies due to this crap.

    • Kirsten says:

      So sorry to hear of your loss. I know that your story and lots of others has helped to save my 14mos. old lab’s life Thank You for posting your story! Will never give it again.

  66. TimK says:

    I realize this article and most of the comments are dedicated to negative effects of rimadyl. However, we started using it with our 9 yr old collie and its like having his puppyhood back. He is clearly more comfortable and moves around more freely.
    We’ve been using it for about 2 months now with no observed negatives. we will have bloodwork done regularly, but that’s a small price to pay. I have regular bloodwork for the statin I take, so it seems reasonable to watch the dog’s liver function while on rimadyl

  67. Brett says:

    My pitbull beagle mix received rimadyl after his neutering and has been using the bathroom in the house for the past couple of days

  68. PEBBLES says:

    Is their anything you can do to help your pet after they have had seizures after taking RIMADYL?
    Myself had a loving lab of 11 yrs.Had a Full bill of health plus praise of her muscle tone By the Dr. in Jan 2013.
    Feb of 2013 came down with bronchitus. Couple of doses of antibiotics(100″s of $ later)She was fine. This included a chest e-ray sent out to “SPECIALISTS” and a FULL BLOOD PANEL ( not the regular blood work, but exstensive blood work.
    In March brought her back for recheck. Another e-ray later pus a FULL BLOOD PANEL was done. All looked good great!
    Mid April came. Pebbles eyes were saggy and different. Rushed her to the Vet. Did eye pressure tests on her. Revealed a mass in her left eye. Dr. suggestion TAKE FULL BLOOD PANEL to make sure she was good for surgery treatment. All came back GOOD!
    Surgery was a success! She was prescribed RIMADYL (a go-to for most vets) for recovery.
    I was not warned of any side affects (specifically to LABS)
    For the next 6 days she was healing fine. Looked like she would live another few years.
    That knight out of know where she would start foaming at the mouth. She was very restless that night
    The next day more foam out of no where…. Then IT happend!! A FULL blown seizure.
    Looked up the side affects of RIMADYL (@#*& !!!!!) I felt like I just delivered a bullet .
    Why was I not WARNED, why didn’t I look this up earlier!
    After notifying the vet & him telling me what to watch for (if the seizure last for more than 15 min go to emergency), I went through the most horrifying and saddest night I will NEVER forget!
    Every 45 min to an Hr she had seizures that lasted about 4 to 7 min. In between that ,she paced.
    When I took her to the vet the next morning ( HE WAS EXPECTING ME!!!) I had to leave her for the day, But not before WE had one last seizure together.
    I was called later that day only to be told that we would need to put a family member to rest.
    later that day my son posted “There is no greater love than a boy and his dog:
    The Dr’s INSISTED that she had cancer and it spread to her brain.
    Well wouldn’t there be any indication in her THREE FULL BLOOD PANELS (in the last 2 1/2 months!) that there was something wrong?
    Why wouldn’t they just say they prescribed the wrong medicine.

  69. Kirsten says:

    Please watch this drug very carefully. The vet put my lab terrier mix on this drug along with an antibiotic when she had a fever just in case she had Lyme’s disease even though she tested negative. My pup just turned 1 yr! She had a rapid decline within a couple of days and I could not figure out why. I decided to check side effects and realized that her behaviors were exactly what I was reading which were staring, paralysis, and even urinating accidents I was convinced I was watching my dog die. As soon as I stopped giving her Rimadyl she began to improve. We even went so far as spending 1500$ in x rays and testing to figure out what was wrong. Will never know if Rimadyl was the issue but will not ever give it again. My pup is part black lab! I was never talked to about possible side effects by the vet. Good luck everyone.

  70. Kim says:

    After my 11 year old Greyhound had a lump removed from the inside of her leg and muzzle, she was put on Rimadyl. That was on a Monday. Because Greyhounds are very sensitive dogs to begin with, and she has a sensitive tummy, and the fact that I cringed when my vet prescribed Rimadyl, but I did not want my dog to be in pain, I decided to stop the medication on that Wednesday morning (so she only had it for 2.5 days). Thursday afternoon she had diarrhea 2x. I do hope that this is the worst of her side effects and she will improve quickly. This medication SHOULD be taken off the market!!!

  71. Allyson says:

    Can this cause hives? My doberman has been getting severe hives after breaking her leg and being prescribed this. Could this be due to Rimadyl?

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  73. kat says:

    These comments are scaring us! Our lab is about 12 and has congestive heart failure and is on drugs for that for a few months now without any problems. Then he hurt his foot and the vet put him om Rimadyl.

    We gave him a few doses but stopped when he developed diarrhea. Then when he began to limp some again, we tried the Rimadyl again. (I could kick myself for not looking up this med as I usually do!) and this time after a couple of doses, he developed diarrhea again so we stopped the Rimadyl a few days ago since we then knew it had to be Rimadyl and not his other meds. But, despite stopping it a few days ago, diarrhea is still present, but this time so is lethargy and the staring into space. Last night he was panting so bad, it scared us – we finally calmed him down.

    He was really restless last night and this morning he is shaky and lethargic. We have given him chicken broth and he seems a bit better, but we are taking him to the vet this morning.

    Many of the comments are familiar to what we are experiencing with our lab, so no more Rimadyl for us. In fact, if I had looked up the meds, I’d have seen this med is NOT recommended for labs! Geez.

    Sorry for all these problems with our best friends – it’s hard to watch and tears you up. Good luck to y’all. And hoping our big boy will be okay. He seems to be moving around better after the chicken broth.

    (watch for dehydration of course – though y’all probably know that – that could cause the shaking and lethargy to be worse – which is why the chicken broth is helping I suspect)

    • kat says:

      Update: The vet said it wasn’t the Rimadyl that caused our dogs problems – so I don’t know. Either it wasn’t and it was all coincidental, or . . . it was and the vet just isn’t sure and doesn’t want to ‘go there.’

      I do want to say that Rimadyl worked beautifully with our other older dog we had. She did very well on it. She was a german shepherd mix

      So, I say proceed with caution and see what works best for your lovely friends.

  74. George says:

    Our 11 year-old mixed breed (probably retriever mix) was showing signs of arthritis so we took him to the vet. He prescribed rimadyl and a couple other meds. Four days later our 70-pound dog, previously in good health other than maybe joint pain getting up, started to act confused, could hardly walk, when he did he staggered, refused water, peed in his bed, had difficulty breathing; we thought he was dying. Immediately we suspended all meds, did a google search and found out about the side effects or rimadyl on some breeds – it was as if they were describing our dog’s symptoms. This happened on a week-end so we were not able to find a vet to see him. By Monday, however, his health had improved. Today, Tuesday, he seems to be back to normal, thank God (not thanks to the vet in this case). He is better off with some joint pain than with rimadyl.

    George

  75. Goofygal53 says:

    I gave my Female, Chow/Lab Rimadyl every day for a year. Had her blood tested every 3 months. I kept calling the Vet to ask about it. He kept telling me not to worry. She “within a year” stopped eating treats/food, urinated constantly…but in little spurts…and died within 1 year of being on that pill ..due to a tumor. She was such a healthy girl. I miss her sooo much.

    Now my Male is having back leg problems. He has NO LAB in him at all….but I am not sure Rimadyl is the answer. He stares a great deal into space, his eyes are glazed over, he appears so lethargic…I am at wits end….I don’t know what to do for him anymore. PLEASE HELP! Email me at iiizopen@yahoo.com if you have any answers.

  76. KC says:

    Two hours after giving our 4 year old lab her first dose of Rimadyl she showed signs of adverse side effects. She started lying close and following us around (in a diffoerent manner than usual , like something was off or bothering her). She wanted to go outside and when she returned, one leg seemed paralyzed (temporarily) so I thought she stepped on something or she was sore from getting her leg x-rayed early today. By 1:30 am I heard her moving around downstairs and not settling (we baby gate the steps to keep her downstairs). Upon checking on her we found her face and eyes swollen, she was panting, she had in restlessness torn a hole in her bed (probably due to itching). She was thirsty but did not drink water, she wanted ice. Moving all around the room, was rubbing her face with her paws and biting her legs.

  77. Brandon says:

    Wow. That’s all I can say about this bs Drug. Why my vet would give it to my 15 yr old Lab mix knowing she has liver issues (probably from a previous weeks sample of this crapa few yrs ago) is beyond me. UUUGH, DON’T THINK TWICE ABOUT DISCONTINUING THIS CRAP..POOR DOGS/POOR OWNERS!! ****TRY HIGH DOSE OMEGA 3′S..KRILL/FISH OIL, AND SERO THE SAFE, NATURAL, BENEFICIAL PRODUCT CALLED “MISSING LINK” , AND GLUCOSAMINE. THESE ARE WHAT’S HELPED MY BEST FRIEND OF 15 YRS, GOD HELP PHIZER/MY VET/ANYONE ELSE WHO EVEN THINKS ABOUT JEOPARDIZING HER HEALTH, LET ALONE KILLING HER, OR ANY OTHER ANIMALS THAT I HEAR ABOUT-GODBLESS ALL U CARING, CONCERNED OTHERS.

  78. nelia says:

    Hi I have a boxer Boris and he just torn his ligament on back leg. Did Xrays and the vet put him on Rimadyl and Tramadol. After i research side effects on those medication I did not gave him anything. I called the vet and let her know that I dont want to give him the medication and she told me that the medication will help him with the pain. I am scared, i want to help my baby but i dont want to hurt him. Please I need advice! What can I do? I love my baby so much. Help please!
    my email adress is nelismo@yahoo.com
    Thank you very much!

    • Carol says:

      I would give him buffered aspirin. My vet says it’s OK as long as it’s not long term and that you give it with food, and inspect poop for any signs of bleeding.

  79. Carol says:

    After reading this blog, it dawned on me that my pit bull was having an allergic reaction to Rimadyl after 2 days being on it. She broke out in huge, itchy welts (hives?) on her neck and shoulders and was in misery ! I took her off it yesterday and she’s on prednisone for the next 2 weeks (per instructions from my vet). The welts are gone. I’m sooooo grateful that her reaction was not as severe as I have read here; also she had taken Rimadyl several years ago with no side effects. FYI I had ordered it from 1800PetMeds and when I called them they immediately said they would refund the $49.99 that I paid. So far, a happy ending. My heart goes out to y’all who have lost your loved ones. :(

  80. Katherine says:

    Hi Guys,
    I had the same problem with my 10 yr. old 86# golden retriver. Vet overdosed her with prednazone, Vetalog and Remadyl chews, and forgot to chart the shots he had given her. Unfortunately I had emergency surgery and was unable to monitor her myself, but my husband said she was aggressive (in a golden-really?) Severe panting getting up every hour to toilet and drinking like a camel. Nearly killed her. When I got out of the hospital (6 days) I removed her from the medication and took her straight to the vet. He denied giving her the shots. Had a doggy friend tell me about her dog only the vet put her dog on PHYCOX. (Anti-inflamitory, joint and bone rejuvinator) Said within weeks her puppy was like a new dog. Look it up on line, ask your vet (if they never heard of it – get a new vet, I am.)

  81. Phylis Vermillion says:

    I have a Rodesion Ridgeback mix. He is a 8 years old and still very active. Very strong dog. He was diagnosed with arthitis and suspicion of possible bone cancer. He was having difficulty walking so my Vet perscribed Rimadyl. I gave it to him twice on Monday and once on Tuesday. When I got home from work there was diarrea poop all over. Then on Wednesday and Thursday there was one spot of diarrea but blood splatter around the poop. I can only attribute this to the Rimadyl. Have not given him any since Tuesday morning and hopefully he does not have another episode today. I hear some people have luck with it but it is not for my dog.

  82. jenny schubert says:

    My 5 yr old German Shepherd was diagnosed with one of the tick diseases on Thursday and started on Doxycycline and Rimadyl for fever and joint pain. She is clearly improved, but yesterday after 4 doses she became restless and biting at her back. I thought it was because the vet aspirated a cyst and the site had become irritated. I have been cleaning and treating the small wound and today noticed scabs down the length of her spine and her long hair is coming out in clumps………………not like the normal shed of her undercoat. She is becoming more agitated, biting at her back and taking off like she has been stung by a bee. I jumped on line to look up the side effects of Doxycycline and then moved here. After reading this blog, it appears clear to me that she is reacting to the Rymadyl. Thank you everyone for your stories……..

  83. graham says:

    My 13 year old german shepherd chow mix has been on Rimadyl since her knee surgery 7 years ago and cancer 3 years ago. She has also been on doxycycline for an auto-immune disorder for 2 years. NEITHER of these medications have been problematic. They have helped her live a happy, long (so far), and fullfilling life. I just have them do titer tests and blood panel tests every year to make sure her liver and kidney functions are good. She also receives acupuncture, which does allow me to pull back on the rimadyl dosages. Check with a TRUSTED vet, and local holistic facilities to receive a good balance of western and holistic medicine.

  84. Andrea says:

    I will never give rimadyl to any of my furbabies again. My golden had aggressive cancer and even though we knew it was fatal I really think the rimadyl made her condition much worse. She was having a decsent day and 3 days before I had to say my goodbyes I gave her rimadyl for pain. She was already taking tramadol but had some fluid building in her stomach so thought this might help. Within a fews hours she got worse and collapsed coming up steps and her face began to swell. Cant say it wasn’t the cancer but I really think this caused her last few days to be worse and something I hope I never have to watch another furbaby go thru again. Know way of knowing now and nothing will bring her back but this has been overwhelming. I miss her more than I can ever put in words!!!

  85. Mary Lou Beyreis says:

    We have a German Shepherd dog who is almost 13. Our vet put her on Rimadyl about a year ago and she seemed to do better at first, although she was lethargic. She has a horrible skin condition, is loosing her fur and exhibits most of the symptoms others have posted. The only thing that hasn’t happened is she (thankfully) does not have vomiting or diarrhea. I am going to gradually take her off Rimadyl. She is also on Dasuguin which I am going to research right now! My vets also treated her skin condition with antibiotics. I truly love my Vets but I think that they just don’t realize the side effects.

  86. C.Coniam says:

    My English Bulldog (she’s 10.5 years old) is doing really well after starting on Rimadyl and a pain killer called Amantadine. We tried Rimadyl alone, but I didn’t see much change, since adding the pain killer she’s like a new dog. Before these two meds, she would barely move, we really thought she was suffering and thought we may have to have her put to sleep. :(
    She’s been on both meds for the past two week, and so far so good!

  87. Virginia says:

    my do, who is a mixed breed, was put on rimadyl 4 weeks ago. I am wondering why he looks at me like i am going to yell at him. he is acting odd and very lathargic! He is definetly far from acting normal! I can’t believe what Im reading here! I would rather see my dog struggling with his hip pain than feeling and acting as he is now. He acts like a dog that doesn’t know where he is, stares at the wall and hides! Im glad I googled this!
    Im so sorry to hear of the people who lost there friends to this medication! unacceptable!!

  88. Natalie says:

    My vet put my old girl on this drug and within a few weeks we went in for a basic check up and her liver was not doing well, based on blood tests. I took her off and had her blood tested a few weeks after, she was normal. My old girl is a shepherd mix. I just put our other younger dog on it for a fall she took and she is itching non stop, I googled side effects and found this site. I’m done, ask your vet for another pain pill.

  89. Jeff says:

    Our dog, Miss Beasley had only 2 doses of rimadyl and within 1 hour of second dose she was panting heavily and acting really confused. The vet thought she had back pain that’s why he gave it to her. She’s a mix between chihuahua and jack Russell and is 6 years old. I’ll never give her this med again!!!! Thank God she only had 2 doses and I found these remarks. The vet doesn’t want to admit the med done it to her but she never had these symptoms before and it was within a short time after giving her this med. Plus she was going in circles and her body temperature went up. Put her in the shower to cool her down. Please tell friends about this medication.

  90. sabrina says:

    My four year old Blue Tick Heeler mutt has been on rimadyl a few different times but this time she has actual bumps with scabs itching and overall tired. We took to the vet for a shot of antibiotic which isn’t cheap and worse scabs and bumps now so called in and got five days worth of antibotics and my other dog isn’t taking the meds but has red under her belly and was ripping her hair out. They are both on antibotics but the blue tick is taking rimdayl and tramodal for the pain. Do you think this is causes from Rimadyl or just Mrsa like they think like bacteria is what they are saying from misquito bites. She def doesn’t have flees I and the vet have checked. Don’t know what to do

  91. jenn says:

    we have been giving buddy rimadyl for several months. his fur is falling out in clumps and he is panting, today seeming like an athsma attack. he is up and down so so so much. he can move around a lot better. im going to stop for a few, just give him his pain pill three times a day and see if his breathing improves. its truly a no win situation. if he cant take rimadyl he cant walk/sit/lay, he’ll be in horrible pain. if he takes it, he cant breathe. unfortunaly i think this is the end of the road for our buddy :’(

  92. Bob says:

    It specifically says not to give this to Labs. I wonder if all the vets prescribing this are privy to this info.

  93. larry says:

    Dog was placed on rimadyl (125 mg) for a 66 pound dog for swollen joints in her legs. After four days she now is panting heavily and seems to be confused. I have stopped giving her the medication. Waiting to see if shell be better in the morning. Otherwise ill take her to another vet. Do vets perscribe this so u come back thinking ur dog is worse to make more money.

  94. Sb says:

    I think Rymadyl is too dangerous to give–too many unexplained side effects. Buy liquid ENP instead. My dog likes it, the results I’ve had are dramatic, all without those worrisome side effects. Originally purchased through my vet, but found it onsale recently via a google search.

  95. Beth says:

    I found this information last night while searching for side effects as my dog, Friendly, had one dose yesterday but seemed unusually quiet all evening. She is almost 3 years old and has a sprain or strain or tear in her knee. This was given for her inflammation/pain in hopes that it is a sprain or strain and not a tear.

    After reading the posts above, I didn’t give her another dose last night and called the vet this morning. I’m waiting for a call back to see if there is an alternative. She is a mixed breed ‘mutt’ from the shelter and appears to have lab and retriever in her… the two breeds listed as most commonly effected. She was her peppy self this morning and was putting pressure on her leg once again.

    That being said, I had two 100 pound sister dogs (also adopted from a shelter as a puppies) with hip issues who took this medication for years. The were husky, shepherd, and something else big. Quincey occasional had a rash in her ‘arm pits’ (hot spots the vet called them), was itchy off and on, and did have urinary incontinence issues around age 9. Savannah a large fatty deposit growing on her side. Once removed, it was found to be a low grade cancer and more of these started appearing on her. Their quality of life was rapidly deteriorating around age 10 and we had to let them go.

    Quincey’s itchiness and scabbing was attributed to allergies and other medications did clear them up. But after reading all this last night, I was heart broken…. wondering if the Rimadyl, while helped control her hip pain, caused the incontinence and loss of feeling in her back legs that caused them to cross.

    It’s been 3 years since we had to have them put down and I still miss ‘my girls’.

  96. Hi
    My 9 year old lab has been diagnosed with joint effusion on his lower r rear leg after weeks of tests bood ,urine x rays and a synovial tap . He was put on Tramodol and gabupentin . He was still limping and there was swelling /heat from the joint. On Tuesday my vet said lets try Rimadyl for 7 days he started on Tuesday and has had 5 pills . he started to vomit on Thursday , refused food and water so I have stopped. I am taking him in for blood work today. I have been researching and one of the girls on my lab board suggested Trameel … Im going with this if he needs any medications NEVER will I give this drug again. hoping that these 5 pills arent going to mess him up. I’m not blaming the vet I agreed but I will Never give him this again.

    If any of you are interested in a more homeopathic way to treat your dogs heres the link Im sure many places even amazon carry this

    http://www.1800petmeds.com/Traumeel+Tablets-prod10795.html?AFFID=GG&ID=293734418

  97. Tami V says:

    We have a 9.5 year old German Shepherd, Bailey. We had given her Rimadyl a few times for 3-4 days post op. over her 9 years and she seemed to do ok with it. This summer she seemed to be in a bit more pain moving around and arthritis was confirmed by the vet who then recommended Rimadyl. 75# dog taking 75mg/day. Bailey almost immediately developed several very large hot spots. These of course treated with antibiotics. All blood work coming back perfectly normal after 2 weeks. After a few more days Bailey started having troubles moving as her back legs would just give out. Keeping her on the Rimadyl we then noticed her having problems catching her ball. This is a dog that would sleep with the ball in her mouth and has amazing coordination. We immediately stopped giving her the Rimadyl but the damage is done and NOT reversible. It has been 3 months since we stopped giving her the Rimadyl and she can catch her ball again but the coordination in her back legs is not reversing no matter how much strengthening exercises we try with her. This was a in shape dog running 12-16 miles/week. Unless she is going in a straight line her back legs now give out very easily. Now worried about her breaking a hip from falling all the time. PLEASE TRY ALL OTHER OPTIONS before giving your dog Rimadyl.

  98. Added to last post on Sept 14th Harley became dehydrated , lethargic and now has an ulcer been at the vets for two days getting fluids IV due to Rimadly Its been 5 days since I stopped it! Dont give this medication.

  99. floyd says:

    My French Bulldog had to have surgery to repair his righr rear knee. I gave him Rymadyl for the pain. Less than 15 min after I gave it to him he broke out in a rash and could not stop biting and scratching. I will never give my pets that again.

  100. Kathy says:

    Our puppy just had intestinal surgery yesterday & was put on Rimadyl for the pain. She has been fine all day, but now this evening is urinating very frequently. It does say this is a side effect, so perhaps I will not give it to her tonight. Anyone else have this problem>

  101. Anne Lennon says:

    I lost my 2 year old Doberman Pincher after a misdiagnosis of arthritis and one month of Rimadyl. Turns out she had a torn ligament and was taken off Rimadyl by the orthopedist. But it was too late. She lost her battle with liver failure after 4 months of trying to fight it. This is a terrible, terrible medication and I’m totally baffled as to why it’s still being prescribed.

  102. Crystal says:

    My bull mastiff was on Rimadyl a couple months ago…he took a full prescription of it and has acted different and strange ever sense then. His appetite has changed…has diarrhea …skin infections…he isn’t bubbly anymore and whines a lot…we have taken him back to the vet and they just keep giving him medicine to help with skin infection and now a anti-diarrhea medicine and still having issues. I had no clue this could happen. Now I know what is causing my dog’s issues I think.

  103. Michelle says:

    I am reading all of these comments and it is making complete sense as to why my 14 year old husky has been listing and stumbling for the past week or so, as if she has vertigo, and has been panting and acting restless. Its just awful and I don’t even know what to do for her, short of giving her something to calm her stress. She lost the ability to use her hind legs back in June of this year due to issues with hip displaysia, and since she is in excellent health otherwise, I made the decision to try a dog wheelchair. It has been an amazing godsend, and has given me more precious time with her.

    Anyway, for pain and inflammation management, I had been giving her 1 dog aspirin a day, in addition to tramadol, a non-NSAID arthritis medication, after speaking to my vet. She seemed to be doing fine, but since I live in the Pacific Northwest, and our rainy season is upon us, I am concerned about her inflammation getting worse with the change in the weather. He recommended rimadyl and I started giving it to her about 2-1/2 weeks ago.

    At first she seemed fine, but about a week ago she started listing to the left, and had a hard time standing up in her chair when it came time to eat and go potty, and it has gotten to the point that she wont go pee until she cant hold it anymore. Last night and into this morning was especially difficult, she couldn’t get comfortable, she was constantly moving to the left and her eyes couldn’t stay focused on the same object, and she even got so disoriented she fell over in her chair because she lost balance on her front legs. I began to think about it, and I have come to the conclusion that the rimadyl is doing this to her. It has been over 24 hours since she had her last dose, and she seems to be not as disoriented or dizzy as she was, and she is actually sleeping more peacefully.

    I am halting this medication for good. This stuff is poison for my dog and she is just too old and to precious to take this kind of risk. I wish everyone else luck who has posted on this site, and I am sorry for those who have lost their dear friends.

    “Whoever said, ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ never had a dog.” ~Unknown

  104. mike says:

    I had a boxer that was on rimadyl for back and joint pain. I won’t ever know for sure but i gave him the medicine and 1 hour later he had a seizure and on the way to the emergency vet he also had a stoke. I had to have him put down so my advice is to have your vet give the dog a complete examination before taking this medicine. My boxer was 13 so i didn’t ask for autopsy. After reading all the side effects of this drug I wish I hadn’t given him rimadyl. I am heart broken by my loss.

  105. Christine S. says:

    My 115 lb black lab/German shepherd mix was prescribed 100mg of Rimadyl 2x daily.
    After being on the medication for one week he stopped eating and started having extremely bad diarrhea and vomiting. He then started pooing blood and broke out in a rash all over his abdomen. I took him to my vet today and have stopped giving him Rimadyl. Never again will I use this drug. I am praying my sweet boy recovers 100%. I am so sorry to all of you who have suffered the consequences of this drug.

  106. mike mc says:

    My half lab/pointer would not jump at all. Took him to the Vet and he gave him a shot of b12 and Rimadyl on friday.Saturday he was fine and took 100mg pill of the drug, sunday the same. Monday he was terrible vommit and bloody stool with dierria. I stopped the meds and called the vet and was told to keep an eye on him an call if it got worse. By tuesday it was just as bad,called the vet and he said He could give him a shot to try stopping the runs,thats about it. Now he won’t even drink any water and hasn’t eaten in two days. I called Phizer and all they do is make a case file,no advice on how to treat the poor dog,just call your vet, and my vet is closed on weds.any advice?

  107. Chris Olear says:

    Same here. Had large bread dog who was super healthy for 10yrs, started to take this drug to help with a hip issue, dead several weeks later and had many of these symptoms as well from the drug. We were never warned of the side effects by the vet. Passed away in the end from ruptured organ and internal bleeding as a result of this drug. Rip max 06/09/2011

  108. Christopher Skaggs says:

    We adopted the most lovable stray lab mix a couple of weeks ago. Being responsible pet owners, we got her vaccinated and took her to get spayed. They asked if I wanted to give her pain meds, and I agreed. When I picked her up, she was lethargic and definitely not herself. The next morning, she was a bit better, but still lethargic. I gave her the daily dose of the pain med (rimadyl) and went to work. At 1:30 pm, my wife called in a panic. Our dog was dizzy, could not stand on her own, and her eyes were wildly twitching. We took her back to the clinic and they kept her overnight. When I got home, I researched the side effects of Rimadyl and was astonished to see this warning, especially that it should not be administered to labs.

    We contacted the vet after hours and asked to make sure she received no further meds. They were unaware of these side effects of Rimadyl. She is on an IV drip overnight and we are praying she will be better in the morning and fully recovered. We have contacted Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) and are in the process of reporting this adverse reaction. I hope all of the pet owners that have had similar experiences are doing the same. The # of occurrences on this site alone are astonishing.

    • Jeanine says:

      Thanks for the tip on their name change. When they had the name Pfizer in 1999 there was a class action suit against them for this very drug.

  109. Cisco says:

    My 8yo Sib. Husky mix was given Rimadyl after ligament surgery on his hind leg. Within hours of the meds, he started oozing (diarrhea x10). It just wouldn’t stop, and the smell was beyond foul. He is long haired, and I had to shave more than his leg to clean him. The mess was horrible after surgery, and he could barely get up. After reading these side-effects, I consider myself very lucky to have discontinued the meds as soon as I did. My deepest condolences to those who suffered further loss from this drug.

    • Sarah H says:

      Yes our 12 yr old Siberian also had the same response to Rimadyl with diarrhea. We had him on it (very briefly!) for arthritis but we switched him over to Nupro Silver Joint supplement when he kept having accidents. :( The Nupro tastes good so the dogs have no trouble eating it. Works great! Best of luck. http://www.nuprosupplements.com/dog.htm

  110. Elaine says:

    My 12 year old hound has been on Rimadyl for 8 days. Last night around 9pm she had been in the garage and I left the door open from the garage to my kitchen so she could come inside. A little while later I heard awful flailing and scraping and she had fallen on the single stair and could not get up. Her back end had completely given out and she was stuck. I picked her up and sat with her on my lap for about 20 minutes while she calmed down. She finally stood up but her back legs seemed super stiff and uncoordinated. She has never done that before and it was horrible to see. I am absolutely certain this is somehow Rimadyl-related but my vet insists it is not. Nevertheless, I did not give her Rimadyl this morning and will not give it to her ever again. She is on Triple Joint Max and cod liver oil and, once the Rimadyl clears her system, I’ll put her back on Bufferin.

    We tried Rimadyl on my 14 year old Chow mix a year or so ago and it skyrocketed her liver values in just 2 weeks. Fortunately, after immediately taking her off Rimadyl, her values went back to normal and she is fine, save for Vestibular Disease.

    I just don’t trust Rimadyl. 2 dogs, 2 bad experiences. No thanks.

    • Alex Strain says:

      Elaine, ask your vet about Qi Ye Lian or see a holistic vet. Also, acupuncture is amazing.

      Qi Ye Lian is considered an excellent and safe analgesic herb without the side effects of addiction, mental impairment, liver toxicity, or diminishing effect. One can use it for acute and chronic pain due to injury, including fractured bones. Rheumatic pains in the joints and muscles. Also, useful in trigeminal neuralgia, headache, toothache, sciatic pain and lower back pain.

      • Steph Miller says:

        Alex, would you mind telling me more about Qi Ye Lian. My funds are limited and I am afraid I won’t have the funds for a Holistic Vet. I have a 1 1/2 year old Shepherd. Akita/Chihuahua mix, a rescue from Puerto Rico. Leiko looks and is the size of a mini-Shepherd but with a huge tail and short legs. He was diagnosed with arthritis in his hind legs (in which I found out was common in small dogs). The Vet put him on Rimadyl on a as needed basis (basically 2 a day for 2 days if he had a flare-up). I have never had a problem before and now Leiko has had severe diarrhea and becomes very tired after taking his pill.. Once the effects of the pill wears off, he is back to normal playing and his eating habits do not change at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Steph

  111. Elaine Reidy says:

    It seems to me that the vets need to include info for any meds given to an animal for possible side effects.

  112. Lee Ann says:

    Our 10 week old labradoodle was diagnosed with pneumonia. The vet gave antibiotics and Rimadyl for pain from the fever. Within hours our pup was lethargic and stumbling and in a daze. The vet said it was from the fever. We worked to get his fever down but our puppy quickly went downhill and was unable to walk or drink. With a normal temperature, our pup continued to decline. We called the vet again and he said it was not the Rimadyl.

    Our pup is paralyzed in his hind legs at this time and has been off of the Rimadyl for 20 hours. We saw a new vet today that said he was puzzled about the neurerolical damage and administered coritzone. We were not given much hope.

  113. Alex Strain says:

    Also, acupuncture is amazing. It’s done wonders for dogs in my family and for my friends dogs.

  114. Sharon McQuilkin says:

    After our Australian Shepard was put on Rimadyl for pain caused by dysplasia we were initially pleased to see that his pain seemed to be more in control. Over time his behavior became more and more disturbed. Every night after he eats (and gets his dose of Rimadyl) he becomes restless, rushes between the front door and the back, throws himself against the doors, stares at us and whines, which he’s never done before, obsessively licks his foot, has developed round bald spots on his stomach where he has lost the hair, pushes his food and water bowls around the kitchen, hides in the tub or shower. He pants all night. I thought about whether there might be a connection today so looked up side effects. Tonight will be his last dose of Rimadyl.

  115. Lisa H. says:

    Our 6 Month old Ridgeback has a knee injury in her rear leg. She was put on Rimadyl and has suffered from severe diarrhea. We couldnt figure out what was causing it until my husnand suggested it could be the Rinadyl which prompted me to research it. No more Rimadyl for any of my dogs. So sorry to all that have lost their precious babies unnecessarily to these drugs.

  116. denise b. says:

    yesterday i had to put down my st.bernard lilly because of the side effects of this medication what started out as a leg injury lead to her being put down. the emergency vet informed me of the side effects and i was just stunned i was never told also i was told a dog should be monitored when put on this drug. DO NOT PUT YOUR DOG ON THIS MEDICATION IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK

  117. Sarah H says:

    I’d like to just put out there that there are a lot of fantastic natural supplements on the market that will not harm your dog. We usually recommend Nupro Silver Joint Supplement to any of our dog show friends that have dogs with pain or injury before ever suggesting Rimadyl. Although we have in the past used it in the right situation when needed. The Nupro Silver is amazing stuff. It takes about a month to build up in the system. We had an 7 yr old female that for some reason her knees became swollen and she could barely walk. The vet took an xray but was unsure what was causing the swelling as he saw no damage to the ligmanets or tendons. We decided to put her on the Nupro and within a month she was nearly sound and was able to trot and run in the yard. As time progressed, I felt that she was sound enough that no one would have ever known she had a problem. It really is great stuff. The webiste is:
    http://www.nuprosupplements.com/dog.htm

  118. Lin says:

    I wanted to post on here about Rimadyl and Labs. My beautiful yellow Lab of 11 years died last week – 2 months after starting Rimadyl on a regular basis. He died of ITP – Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia – ie. low platelets and died from internal bleeding.

    There was nothing else wrong with him, he had a little limp after running for a long time and I thought I was doing the best thing for him by helping his pain but alas, now I feel like I was poisoning him for the past 2 months. He didn’t take the medicine well either I had to hide it in things which makes me feel even worse. Dogs know best when they turn their noses up especially labs as they eat most things :) Anyway beware – I don’t want anyone else to go through this. I sent this article to my vet also he had not heard about it so I hope that will prevent unnecessary deaths of these gorgeous dogs. Merry Christmas to all

  119. Peter says:

    So sorry to read all of the issues with the Labs, but did you not read the warnings to NOT give Rimadyl to Labs? It is a warning in plain sight. If your vet was the one who recommended the drug, change vets.

  120. Nancy says:

    I have a 8-10 year old dog that was put on Rimadyl for a back problem. (L3,L4 stenonis) She was on it for 4 days and was able to walk better. She did however develop mouth erosions around her teeth and the side of her tongue. Has anyone ever heard of this from using Rimadyl? Her mouth was fine before the Rimadyl.
    I would appreciate any help.
    Happy New year,
    Nancy

  121. robin says:

    i have a 14year old jack russell she has been on rimadyl for quite a long time she doesn’t appear to have any of the side effects that i read about she does however not sleep through the night she wakes me up to take her out 2 or 3 times a night then she will rarely go back to sleep would this be because of her age or the rimadyl

    • Barb Scheetz says:

      My teddybear American Bulldog was given rimadyl for a suspected elbow dysplasia which was ruled out after xray. He had ligaments causing his limping. This caused him to be aggressive and 4 attacks later we had called 911 and animal control to remove him from the house. 10 days quarantine and he was euthanized at 1 year. old .(just turned 1 on 12/4/13. I was heartbroken and tore myself up trying to find out why. He was prescribed this nasty drug on 11/22/13 and less than a week he had me.Thank god my son was home or I probally would be dead. I thought that was bad but a week before Christmas he attacked my husband when I went to Kohls to finish up last minute holiday shopping. My son called on cell and said get home dad needs to.go to er. At approach blood was all over thecporch and inside on foyer and on hardwood floor. Hubby had his arm wrapped and I took one look and we were off to hospital. Looked worse because of all the blood. He said he was breaking up the two girls and brother. They were raised together and very close and loving. Friday after holiday he cornered me in family room room after I called his name to stop picking on his sister’s. Managed to get the door to garage open and with strength I never thoughthought I had got him in the garage and shut the door. I was messed up bitten in stomach,back,arms and legs. I was frightened! Oh each time it seemed he never rememberef what happened. Less than 24 hours he had my husband again this time calling 911,police and animal control. When all was done he was himself and even walked out calmly as. I shed tears crying. Before the attack he was on husbands lap licking his face! I started trying to figure this out and looked up the drug. Amazed and annoyed that it was put on the market after 400 animals were tested and Xra approved it. I would love to choke the person who made this drug. A perfectly healthy animal was wasted . The company Iam sure knows their wrong when they pay and don’t give a fight. I even had my boy neutered because the vet said he probally had a high testosterone level and it would help. He was a show dog and planned on doing that since his gf held grand champion for title for four years. He was my boy and like one of our children. His worth in. $ is priceless. His companiinship worth everything. Don’t risk it and tell everyone that will listen about this drug and it’s manufacturer.

  122. Jeanine says:

    This drug just killed my dog. She was diagnosed with sponduolosis on Friday and given an injection of this drug and I was sent home with 20 pills of rimadyl. She was looking pretty good with her walking yesterday and walked about 30 feet with little assistance. I gave her her pill about 5pm and within two hours she was breathing heavy and I began to suspect that she was having a reaction to the drug. I gave her some charcoal to counteract the drug but apparently it was too late. She was 12 years old and one of the sweetest dogs– a Belgian Sheepdog mix. She wasn’t in pain and could have done without the stuff. She always got aggressive toward other dogs if she was in pain and never showed any signs of being in pain. Oh, I’m going to miss her so much. This is a wicked drug. The truth is that drugs never cure they only change the form of a disease (aka side effects). In only 4 days this drug killed my dog. How I wish we had given her an herbal anti-inflammatory instead. I don’t see any websites talking about turmeric or alfalfa causing the side effects this stuff does.

  123. Nilsa Macknight says:

    Our lab was prescribed rymadil for arthritis, she died two days later from complications, our vet did not warn us of the side effects, she was 10 yrs. I only discovered the awful side effects today. She was cremated today. Our heart is aching due to the loss of our beloved marshmallow.

  124. Jeannie says:

    I forgot to mention that Buddy did and now does have a slight head tilt now that he did not before this. If you look up Vestibular Disease you can see that this happens and sometimes severely. I think Rimadyl or Rimadyl combined with the antibiotic brought on the Vestibular Disease not just old age. My dog has been old for awhile now, but never had any of these symptoms until he had been on the Rimadyl and antibiotic for about three days. I am researching other ways to treat his pain. I will not allow him to be put on Rimadyl again.

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