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Vet Suggests Rimadyl

We are so thankful when our friends send us letters telling us how our CBD treats have helped their pup. We also welcome questions because that’s how we learn, and since we all know that you stop growing when you stop learning… Bring on the questions! Like this one that we received recently, “my dog’s vet suggest Rimadyl…what should I consider?”

While the answer to this specific question varies based on each dog’s specific issue, we thought we’d address this in a more general way. First, let’s calibrate on what Rimadyl is and what health concerns your dog may have where this medication might come up in a conversation with a veterinarian.

What Is Rimadyl

This prescription medication is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that vets prescribe for post-operative pain, as well as joint pain and inflammation. There’s nothing specifically unique about Rimadyl when compared to other prescription pet NSAIDs. However, the current research indicates that Rimadyl offers fewer negative side effects than steroids, and this theoretically translates to more long-term use for chronic conditions. Rimadyl works to:

  • Treats inflammation

  • Reduces fever

  • Reduces pain

What To Consider When Your Vet Suggests Rimadyl

Knowing what we now know about Rimadyl, the very first thing to do is ask a lot of questions. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Diagnosis. Did your vet diagnose your dog with osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia? Rimadyl is most commonly prescribed for these conditions. If the answer is yes, then you need to consider the long-term side effects that can come with taking NSAIDs for extended periods of time.

  2. Lab Tests. Did your vet also recommend ongoing blood work over the course of the Rimadyl? If your dog is older or has a compromised immune system this is a must, it’s also extremely important for long-term use doggos. This is important to monitor your dog’s liver as long-term use can lead to complications in this organ.

  3. Health History. Is your pet undergoing an operation? A spay or neutering perhaps? Vets often advise Rimadyl for post-op treatment for pain and inflammation. If this is the case, then you’ll want to know review your dog’s health history. Some things to consider:

    1. Allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs

    2. Pre-existing conditions like ulcer, stomach bleeding, liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, or congestive heart failure

    3. Any type of bleeding disorders

If your pup has intestinal or stomach issues, one of the side-effects of Rimadyl may be cause for pause as it can upset the GI tract. Complications include diarrhea, vomiting, and in some cases the development of ulcers. Also, your pup will likely have black tar-like stools. Other side-effects include the following:

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Blood in Vomit or Stools

Excessive Diarrhea

Excessive Thirst

Loss of Coordination

Non-Stop Lethargy

Ongoing Vomiting






Muscle Weakness

Skin Problems

Urine Color/Smell


Yellow Gums & Eyes

Appreciation and Alternatives

While we have a great deal of respect for western medicine, we are encouraged by pet parent’s desire to first try less toxic, more natural products when possible. Particularly with drugs. As most pharmaceutical medications, when used long-term, have pretty strong side-effects that disrupt the role of your pup’s otherwise healthy organs.

We covered inflammation fighters in an earlier post, and we encourage you to review it if you haven’t yet done so. Pain, when it’s sporadic and due to a more acute situation like surgery, often requires an intense pain and inflammation fighter. For long-term pain, like what is affiliated with osteoarthritis, we highly recommend an approach that spares your pup’s liver. Of course, we are partial to CBD – actually, we are passionate about CBD, and that’s why we do what we do.

CBD is a true wonder that not only boosts your dog’s immune system but reduces discomfort and pain. It also treats chronic pain associated with neurodegenerative diseases. With the effective use of daily CBD, harsh medications can be things of the past for your dog. CBD is not only incredibly safe, but it also has virtually no side effects, while it is 100% effective. It truly works and can add quality years to a dog’s life, minimizing any suffering from chronic pain.

Your pup is a part of your family. We understand. That’s why we always encourage a dialogue with your dog’s vet. The relationship with your dog’s vet is your avenue for being an effective advocate for your fuzzy BFF. It’s scary when your pup gets sick. Our advice is to do your research, discuss your desire for an all-natural approach with your vet. Your pup most definitely will thank you for it!

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