Rimadyl for dogs may be king for side effects. Used for pain and inflammation of canine arthritis, know what it does and does not do. Get your tissues out. Then we’ll discuss natural remedies for dogs.
Let's say your dog moves stiffly and is in obvious pain.
Your vet prescribes Rimadyl and your once lame canine is bounding around like a puppy.
Is he or she cured?
What's going on behind the scene?
Remember when I explained about Allopathic Physicians treating symptoms as though they were the disease?
This is a perfect example of a medicine causing more problems.
First of all with arthritis there is inflammation (swelling) in the joints. Perhaps a lack of lubricating fluid and maybe deterioration of joints, correct? (I hear you saying "yes".)
Okay, so take away the pain and the swelling (which is the body's way
of protecting itself) by giving Rimadyl for dogs. Great. Your dog
becomes very active. But there is still a lack of lubricating fluid and
that poor canine has just created more stress and pain in the body
because those joints have been rubbing without fluid, causing more
damage. Are you with me on this? (I see you nodding in agreement.)
Now you give your canine more medicine. You are now on the vicious cycle of drugs which will most likely get worse and here's why.
A Bit of History on Rimadyl
Back in 1988 Roch Laboratories got FDA approval to market Rimadyl (generically carprofen) for people. However the market was too crowded with other drugs and there were concerns about unusual liver function readings in people. (uh-oh!)
After spending a huge amount of money developing the drug, were they just going to throw in the towel? Of course not. They needed a new plan.
In 1997 they marketed instead in the pet drug category -- an estimated $3 billion market world-wide -- and Rimadyl became one of the bestsellers.
Bad drug reaction complaints to the FDA doubled the year it came out. Vets were told to give patient owners a list of side effects but many did not and still do not.
Commercials for Rimadyl were eventually dropped because they did not want to list death as a side effect as the FDA required.
Here is a partial list of Side Effects of Rimadyl for dogs that comes with the drug and should have been given to you along with the prescription.
This list is drastically shortened. Not only because it was so long but because the medical terminology is hard to understand for many of us and I admit to getting tired of using my medical dictionary. Not to mention I had to magnify it 150% to read it.
Known Side Effects of Rimadyl for Dogs
Generalized, they include:
The above are just the ones listed on the drug information sheet. I have read about a host of other suspected things, including kidney failure.
Besides, I think death as a side effect is a far to risky period.
What's Worse About Rimadyl Side Effects
One of the problems with drugs like this is without studies and individual autopsies, its hard to prove its the drug that killed a dog.
Since most dogs with osteoarthritis are senior canines, even veterinarians may conclude that there was a preexisting problem before the drug was given.
And how many dog owners would ask and pay for an autopsy when dealing with a broken heart from the loss of a dog. And what would they gain? Who has the money to take on a huge company in court?
The point here is the likelihood of death by Rimadyl is far greater than what is reported.
What is the Cause of Arthritis?
We all know arthritis is the swelling of the joints. The problem is there are actually many types of arthritis and even more causes. The reason we consider it an age related problem is this.
In general, arthritis is a result of a build up of toxins in the body, and the older we get, the more toxins add up unless we get rid of them.
Arthritis can even be an allergic reaction to foods. Guess what the most common foods are that trigger arthritis called chemical onset toxicity? Wheat, corn and dairy.
What do you suppose is a major component in commercial dog foods, biscuits and treats? You've got it! Wheat and corn. And dogs are carnivores!
Natural Arthritis Treatment for Dogs
There are many supplements that can help your dog. Natural anti inflammatories, herbs to detox and joint nutrition such as glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen.
Do I suggest you buy any of those things even though I sell them? No because that's just putting the cart before the horse (so to speak).
The best thing you can do for your dog is to change to a natural dog food diet. To understand how and why to switch start with Dog Food Nutrition.
Even older dogs can have profound improvement with nutrition and can easily make a switch to raw dog food because it's so much easier to digest.
I know this is more work than sticking a pill in a piece of cheese but I hate talking to people who say, "I wish I would have..." or "If I'd only known".
So, please change your dog's diet and look for changes in energy and stiffness. Most likely it will take three weeks to see a difference.
After that, come back here or give me a shout through my contact me email form. Tell me how your dog is doing and then let me know if you think he could benefit from supplements to help his joints and overall health and I'll be happy to help.
I'm picky. The only supplements I use or recommend are Nature's Sunshine. To understand why (and know how to get a discount) click over to my page called, "Why NSP?"
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As far as rimadyl for dogs goes, personally I would be much more concerned about canine renal failure and dog liver problems, than arthritis. Oh yeah, and death.