Rimadyl Side Effects

Rimadyl side effects are not widely publicized.

Manufactured by Pfizer it is prescribed by your veterinarian for your puppy or dog.

(Not to be given to cats or pregnant or nursing dogs.)

Treatment is prescribed when the dog shows signs of arthritis or it may be prescribed to treat pain and inflammation.

Many dogs tolerate Rimadyl or the generic form, Carprofen, very well.

However some reports advise against giving it to retriever breeds, especially Labrador Retrievers.

Be sure your vet is very experienced with this medication.

Just as important is that you educate yourself as to the side effects and possible symptoms of complications from this drug.

In addition, it is extremely important that your vet do blood work BEFORE PRESCRIBING to eliminate any possible PREEXISTING kidney, liver or heart disease.

See Arthritis in Dogs

Client Information Sheet

Your vet should give you a client information sheet which will tell you about possible Rimadyl side effects.



If your dog has teeth cleaning and a tooth is removed he may be prescribed this drug for pain and swelling.

This medication can be given as an injection or as a flavored pill.

Your dog does not have to have arthritis for your vet to decide to prescribe this med.

Puppies are sometimes given Rimadyl as treatment for pain and inflammation.

See Dog Arthritis Treatment

Symptoms of Rimadyl Side Effects

Watch VERY carefully for these Rimadyl side effects.

If you think you see any of these symptoms STOP the medication immediately and get your dog to the vet!

It is much better to appear "silly" and "overly concerned" than it is to have your best friend die on you.

If you have a good relationship with your veterinarian then he or she should welcome your observations and questions.

Blood work should be done again to check for elevated numbers regarding liver function, kidney and heart function.


Lethargy or Hyperactivity

Increase in Thirst or Refusal to Drink

Vomit containing Blood

Dark Stools

Lack of Coordination


Seizures, fits, or jaundice (yellowing of the eyes, skin)

These symptoms could indicate bleeding in the gut, deterioration of liver or kidney function.

Be aware, be educated and diligent!

Get Your Dog to the Vet immediately!

Waiting could result in death!

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Please remember that this site and the information expressed in it are to be seen as suggestions only.

I am not a veterinarian, simply someone who loves animals who wants to help you and your dog.

Be sure to seek professional medical help from your local veterinarian and be sure to take your dog in for REGULAR checkups.