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Suzie has been prescribed Rimadyl following her dental yesterday. I have Googled it and found some nasty side effects. Has anyone any experience of this drug. I am very reluctant to give her any more. The vet never discussed any side effects. She was only interested in putting Suzie on a diet :roll:
 

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Charlie was on Rimadyl for a short time after his hip replacements as metacam didn't suit him. He was fine on it but I did keep a close eye on him to see if it affected him at all.

How long is she on it for as I don't think I'd fancy it long term?
 

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It's only for 10 days Wendy, but after reading some of the reports I am very worried about it.
 

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My Charlie has not had it in tablet form, but has had the occasional shot of it by injection if he has been ill or had an op. He had no obvious problems with these at all, apart from going a little dozy for a few hours. :roll:

It doesn't suit all dogs, and like any drug, it can have some unwanted side-effects (though not all dogs suffer them by any means). I don't think I would want to give it long term, but my experience has been that the odd infrequent blast of it from the vet has done Charlie no harm.

How long will Suzy need it for? If it is for long then would you perhaps be happier trying metacam or something?
 

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Chrlie was probably on it for about 3 months - 1 month before his op then a month after each op. He's also on it again (carprogesic which is the same) at the moment due to his recent op. He's been on it about a month this time and I'm hoping that when we see the specialist on 11th August we can stop it.
It is a very effective drug but unfortunately like all drugs, some people/dogs have an adverse reaction to it
 

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If you google pretty much any drug, not just rimadyl, you can normally find some scary side-effects listed. That is where the internet can throw up a problem, as it gives too much information in so many cases, and you can end up not knowing what to think.

Plenty of dogs use rimadyl safely. Some cannot take it, and some react to metacam. You just have to keep an eye on them and watch for problems.

If you google every day drugs that we humans use without a second thought, such as paracetamol (or ibuprofen, which is similar to rimadyl) then you see a variety of effects listed.
 

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Fidgit had this when she burnt all her paws last year - she was fine on it.
The only sie effect (if any) was that it made her sleepy.
This to me was such a bonus that I've kept some back in case I ever need it.
(Those of you who know Fidgit will know why I've said this) :lol: :lol:
 

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My dear old Tarka was on Rimadyl for years with no problems - literally, years. I have given it to Fife for various things now and again with no problems. I would use it and just keep an eye out for anything unusual, inthe same way that you would if giving any medication. Try not to worry!

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I'm convinced I lost my previous GSD to this drug.

She was diagnosed with hip problems and within a couple of weeks of taking it, she was dead - 8 years old. Broke my heart and once I found out the risks in using the drug I would never have agreed to it. If only the vet had been upfront with the risks.

I ask for an alternative now if ever the vet tries to prescribe it. I have shown him the warnings from the FDA (USA) but even now he claims not to have heard them which I find very hard to believe.

Patrick

ps even after a couple of years it's still a bit raw so sorry if the above is a bit garbled.
 

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Patrick that is terrible - I am so sorry for your loss. If you can bear to tell us, what were the symptoms? It's just that I had no idea it could cause problems . . . . .

Quite understand if you would rather not go into details

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She had no real symptoms of distress with the drug. That morning she had been fine. I was away so mum had let her out and she said she was fine.

I came back in the afternoon to find her dead.

I don't want to cause distress but please read the info in this link http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylfr.html.

I would add the vet did no baseline measurements as suggested before prescribing the drug and there were no ongoing tests to check for problems.

I just hate the fact I was buttering a tablet to encourage her to take it when it was killing her.

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Patrick thanks for posting that. Once again, I am so sorry to hear your tragic story.

I suppose that some dogs can have intolerances to some drugs in the same way that some people do. What works well on one animal is totally unsuitable for others.

I will be taking Fife for his check up in a fortnight and will ask my vet about this. I have a supply of painkillers in the cupboard for use when Fife works hard and his age related stiffness kicks in. He was on Metacam last winter but I had intended to ask the vet if he could take Rimadyl as the Metacam only lasts for 3 months after opening, and I don't use it very often, so I end up throwing out a half full pot. Tablets seemed less wasteful if the efficacy was the same. Clearly the matter needs a detailed discussion first though.

Thanks for your post

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I've got to say this, Vets have a horrible habit of passing pain killers around like sweets! Lets face it, whenever I've been to the dentist my dentist has never given me a pain killer!

Rimadyl is perfectly safe, providing your dog is not one of the dogs who react badly to it.

For my part, I would not hesitate to use it as a last resort. But I really see no reason to take a chance for no very good reason. It has been responsible for deaths in dogs. I also think it a disgrace that vets hand out drugs without passing on info about adverse reactions. It is not allowed in humans and should not be in dogs either! That is not a go at your specific vet, it is pretty general throughout the profession.

Have a read of this:-

http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylfr.html

I'm not trying to scare you, but I am trying to warn you so you can make your own mind up on whether you wish to go with the risk.

Regards, John
 

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Thanks for all your comments. After much consideration I have decided not to give Suzie any more Rimadyl, I really don't think she needs it. I would never forgive myself if she did have a bad reaction to it after reading the links by Patrick and John.
 

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Patrick I'm so sorry about your girl :(

I'm another who wouldn't use it without very good reason. I've thankfully not had a bad experience but having read what I have (and sometimes the internet *is* helpful) I agree that vets seem to give it out too readily at times, without advising of potential side effects.
 

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Don’t get me wrong Jayne, if it were a life or death situation then I would not hesitate. I would not deign my dogs relief from intolerable pain. But I would never give it if I thought it was not 100% necessary.

As I said, I so object to us not being given the info about possible side effects, so that at least we would know what to look out for. That is very wrong!


Regards, John
 

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I had no idea there were any sie effects 8O
As I said earlier I didn't mind giving it to Fidge as it sent her to sleep - No way did I realise that this was one of the side effects. :(

I had kept some back 'just in case' but after reading this I have thrown them away.

Thank you everyone for sharing this information.
 
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