Can Ibuprofen Be a Substitute for Rimadyl in Dogs?

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Rimadyl can get your arthritic dog back in the swing of things. Ibuprofen can kill him.

    Rimadyl can get your arthritic dog back in the swing of things. Ibuprofen can kill him.

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    If you feel a twinge of arthritis or another ache or pain, you might reach for the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) ibuprofen for relief. That's fine for you, but ibuprofen can prove fatal for Fido. If your dog ingests ibuprofen, he'll likely experience stomach ulceration or kidney failure. That's the result of consuming a small amount of the drug. A larger amount can cause seizures and coma. Fortunately, there is a relatively safe NSAID for dogs.

    Rimadyl for Dogs

    Your veterinarian can prescribe Rimadyl for your arthritic dog. Just as your dog shouldn't take ibuprofen, you shouldn't take Rimadyl for your arthritis symptoms. Although manufactured specifically for canines, Rimadyl can cause some side effects similar to that of human NSAIDs given to dogs, including stomach ulcers or kidney problems. Always give the medication according to your vet's recommendations and call your vet immediately if your dog experiences any side effects, which can also include vomiting and diarrhea.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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