Rimadyl Side Effects

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

Client Information Sheet

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



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

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

Rimadyl for dogs

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.

Symptoms of 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!

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