Manufactured by Pfizer, Rimadyl (also known as Carprofen) is used to treat the symptoms of arthritis, hip dysplasia, inflammation, pain, and fever in dogs of all ages. However, although it is more likely to be used in older dogs since they are more likely to be suffering from joint problems such as arthritis, Rimadyl can also be given to puppies. What are the Rimadyl side effects in puppies?
Rimadyl is no different to any other drug—some animals will inevitably experience unpleasant side effects and in rare cases will die. However, Rimadyl is well documented as causing a number of very serious and potentially life threatening health problems, so before giving the drug to your puppy, you should make sure you are aware of these side effects and what the symptoms are.
Rimadyl is normally prescribed by a veterinarian for the relief of painful inflammation and stiffness caused by arthritis and other joint problems. Older dogs are often afflicted by arthritis, but puppies can also suffer from joint problems, especially the larger breeds such as Great Danes and Mastiffs. However, Rimadyl is also prescribed to help with pain relief in the aftermath of a surgical procedure, and it is very common for the drug to be administered following neutering and spaying operations.
Ideally a veterinarian should always run blood tests before administering Rimadyl to your puppy. This is to rule out any underlying kidney or liver disease. Rimadyl should also not be given to puppies with bowel problems or heart disease, and because of the high incidence of Rimadyl related side effects reported in Labrador retrievers, puppies of this breed should not be given Rimadyl.
What are the Rimadyl side effects in puppies?
Worrying symptoms of potentially lethal Rimadyl side effects include an increase in thirst or a refusal to drink, lethargy or hyperactivity, dark stools or vomit containing blood, wobbling and a lack of coordination, jaundice, seizures and fits. All of this symptoms point to bleeding in the gut, or a deterioration of liver and/or kidney function, so it is vital that you seek immediate veterinarian assistance if you notice any side effects whatsoever.
Rimadyl should never be mixed with other NSAIDs, including aspirin, or corticosteroids. If mixed with other drugs, it is possible for the puppy to suffer from a Rimadyl overdose, which can be fatal. Symptoms of a Rimadyl overdose are similar to Rimadyl side effects, but they are likely to occur a lot faster, so it is important that you do not deviate from the recommended dosage instructions if you are medicating your puppy at home.
What should I do if I am concerned about my puppy’s reaction to Rimadyl?
Puppies taking Rimadyl for any reason whatsoever should be monitored closely at all times. If you DO notice any symptoms that cause you concern, no matter how trivial, you should take the puppy to a veterinarian immediately as prompt attention can drastically reduce the chances of serious health problems developing as a result of taking Rimadyl.