Side Effects of Rimadyl for Dogs

Rimadyl for dogs may be king for side effects. Used for pain and inflammation of canine arthritis, know what it does.

Get your tissues out. Then we’ll discuss natural remedies for dogs.

Old dogs don't need to suffer from arthritis or rimadyl side effects

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?

Absolutely not!

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.

History of Rimadyl for Dogs

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 at the time -- 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 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

Generalized, they include:

  • liver disease
  • anemia
  • low platelet count
  • skin diseases
  • seizures
  • paralysis
  • unsteadiness
  • hyperactivity
  • aggression
  • depression or sedation
  • death

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

When a dog dies from Rimadyl who knows? 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?

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 first thing I suggest is to change your dog's diet to get rid of those toxins. Go to my free recipes page and learn about how to feed raw. It's easier than you think.

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.

Next, help your dog's whole body with the right supplements instead of just adding something for the joints.  See the most popular package I have available and give to my own senior girl at The Best Dog Supplements.

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Then contact me. We'll get your pooch started on the good stuff and then you can add the special Joint Support herbal combination I added for my dog. If you want to get the Joint Support with your initial order, let me know before you buy and I'll add it for you.


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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.

Rimadyl for Dogs to Common Dog Health Problems

Important Notice

I sell NSP (Nature's Sunshine) herbs and supplements for your dog. While these are strictly tested and made for human consumption, I am the only one in the United States successfully using them for dogs for over a decade now.

To get proper doses for your dog you must purchase through me. I've spent a great deal of time learning the right combinations and doses per weight for your canine kid.