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(Carprofen) was introduced by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in January 1997. It has proven to be a successful means of relieving arthritis symptoms in many thousands of dogs. There is no doubt as to Riimadyl's effectiveness in treating dog arthritis, but it is the potential side effects that may seriously outweigh the benefits of this drug. Many dog owners feel it has vastly improved the quality of their dog's lives and, in some cases, even extended their lives. Unfortunately, some dogs have died due to the unexpectedly rapid onset of side effects such as liver failure and/or because the drug's side effects were not recognized by the attending veterinarian who did not take appropriate action.

Pfizer now sends literature to veterinarians recommending test and pre screen the dogs before prescribing


for dog arthritis and joint problems. Blood work must be periodically performed to ensure that the liver and other organs are functionally normally.


is not recommended for animals with known bleeding disorders and should not be used if a dog has preexisting liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or a known tendency towards gastrointestinal ulceration. In fact, these are some of the side effects reported in a small number of cases involving the use of Rimadyl.  Rimadyl should never be given along with any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, or along with any corticosteroid hormones such as prednisone, prednisolone, or dexamethasone.

Carefully decide whether Rimadyl is appropriate for your dog by weighing the benefits and the risks. You may want to try a less expensive, less risky treatment alternative such as Free & Easy for Dogs.  Free & Easy has been used successfully by thousands and is without the risk of Rimadyl.  If you do decide to use Rimadyl, insist on regular baseline blood work being performed. Closely monitor the pet for any adverse reactions and immediately discontinue its use if you suspect your pet is not well. It is better to be safe than sorry. You can contact Pfizer at 1-800-366-5288 to report any negative reactions from Rimadyl.

Additional Reading:
What your Vet may not tell you about Rimadyl

Even Painkillers for Dogs Have Serious Risks

Additional Information on Rimadyl:
The Senior Dogs Project

Rimadyl - Reference information from the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)

Rimadyl  - Additional Rimadyl Information