Rimadyl etc. (carprofen) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is approved for pain control in dogs. Rimadyl was the first US FDA-approved NSAID medication for the relief of pain associated with osteoarthritis as well as orthopedic and soft-tissue surgeries in dogs, and is the most widely prescribed NSAID medication in small animal veterinary medicine.
Carprofen for dogs is also found under many other brand names, including Vetprofen, Novox, and Quellin.
Carprofen for dogs is available in 25 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg tablets, and 50 mg per mL injectable form.
Rimadyl etc. (carprofen) is prescribed for a wide variety of dog conditions that involve pain and inflammation, but most commonly for pain associated with arthritis.
Veterinarian reviews of Rimadyl etc. (carpofen)
Effective pain control for dogs. Rimadyl (carprofen) is a very effective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID). For many dogs, mobility and quality of life is greatly improved after starting Rimadyl.
While most dogs tolerate Rimadyl, it does have the potential for both short and long-term side effects. It may result in vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, or gastric ulceration. It can also exacerbate liver disease. Therefore, it is important to monitor bloodwork before starting Rimadyl and periodically thereafter. It should not be given to dogs already receiving other NSAIDs or steroid medication, so it is important to tell your veterinarian anything else you are giving your dog.
Rimadyl is moderately expensive, especially for larger dogs. Regular veterinary visits and labwork is required to monitor for side effects and this will add to the yearly cost.
By M Teiber DVM
Illinois, United States
Soft Tissue Trauma
Good for inflammation. Carprofen is a good anti-inflammatory (NSAID) and works well for soft tissue inflammation which reduces pain. It is generally well tolerated in dogs. It can be given once or twice daily, at the appropriate dose. The safe dose range is fairly small so never share with other dogs it was not prescribed for. The primary side effect is GI upset and if your dog stops eating or vomits contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
By Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline
Grass Valley, California, United States
Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
Rimadyl is an excellent anti-inflammatory. For patients with IVDD, it is very important to ensure they have effective anti-inflammatories. The goal of therapy is to allow the extruded disc to stop putting pressure on the spinal cord. Carprofen will aid in decreasing inflammation and allow for healing. This medication comes in tablet form and is tolerated well by most patients. I have found it to be one of the more inexpensive medications available.
Burlington, Wisconsin, United States
Verterbral Disc Inflammation (Discospondylitis)
One the best NSAIDs in veterinary medicine. Discospondylitis is a painful condition, and although pain levels vary from case to case, NSAIDs are always the core of analgesic treatment, due to the fact that they also reduce inflammation, which is pretty much the main cause of both neurological symptoms and pain in cases of Discospondylitis. ?
Carprofen is probably the most used NSAID in small animal practice, it provides very good pain and inflammation relief, it's generally well tolerated by dogs, and it's not expensive.
Gastrointestinal side-effects are most common, as is always the case with NSAIDs, but they are generally rare unless your dog already has gastritis or some other GI disturbance. In this case, Carprofen should be used with care, either in a lower dose or even better combined with some proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole, to reduce stomach acid secretion.
By Vuk Ignjic DVM
Neutering and Spaying
I prescribe an NSAID postop for all spay & neuter surgeries. Provides good pain relief, anti-inflammatory helps with any post-op swelling (elizabethan collar may be needed also). These are safe in most patients. A few patients have GI upset, needs to be discontinued. There are generic, less-expensive options on the market besides the name-brand Rimadyl.
By Angela Dwyer DVM