What are the pros and cons of giving my pet pain medications (Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Novox)?

Individual pet reactions to NSAIDs can vary

This is a question many pet guardians often ask, especially as veterinarians may increase the amount of prescription pain medications from short term use to more long term use. Many of these newer pet medications developed in recent years act similarly on our pets’ bodies as they do to similar drugs commonly prescribed to humans for pain, fever, headaches, etc. Although these pet medications can sometimes yield amazing results, it’s important for pet owners to be aware of some of the potential side effects in sensitive dogs, especially when used over a long period of time.

Although the newer NSAIDs are often deemed safer than some of the older ones, like buffered aspirin, individual responses and reactions can indeed vary. Regardless of whether these drugs are being prescribing for short or long term use, a pet owner should always be offered pre-medication blood work to check a CBC, and liver/kidney function to insure there are no preexisting conditions that may increase the chance of reactions. While reactions to newer drugs are rarer than the older ones, severe reactions can still occasionally occur. These reactions can include gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, or vomiting and even liver/kidney complications. If these drugs are used long term, such blood work should be done every 3-6 months.

While it’s important for pet owners to be aware of these possible reactions with NSAIDs, when they’re properly prescribed and adequately monitored, most pets do very well on such prescription pet medications, like Previcox, Rimadyl, Deramaxx and Metacam. Plus, if a condition is chronic, I would always recommend that pet owners and veterinarians explore the use of adjunctive nutritional supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer and other supplements.

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  1. my dog has been on Rimadyl for almost 2 years now, not every day every 3 days, it’s aprn order.Will it do damage to any of my dog’s organs?

  2. Is there a non prescription drug for Rimadyl? We have been giving our dog this for two months, but the meds are so expensive. He is slow getting up. Can super joint meds help him? Should he be taking vitamin supplements? We also have another dog that is not as old , but should she be taking supplements and or joint meds

  3. Peggy & Willa,
    I have a 13 yr old boxer that suffers from severe hip dysplasia along with other health issues. She was on Duramaxx (which is similar to the Rimadyl) for about 3yrs. I am happy to say that she suffered no kidney/liver damage (which can occur with these two scrips) that we are aware of. Pls have your animals screened every 3-6mts for liver/kidney damage if you put them on Duramaxx/Rimadyl. Anyways..I searched for 3yrs to find something natural/milder that would work for her. She couldn’t go without the duramaxx 2x’s a day. I started her on the yucca drops in Jan 2009 (10-12 drops on a cookie-1x day) from petmeds and she still takes a glucosamine joint supplement for dogs 2x’s a day but NO more Duramaxx. She still has a bad day now and then when we go for long Jeep rides which she loves.. but other than that she is doing great. Hope this helps.

  4. I have a 7 yr old Sheltie that has joint pain and is taking Rimadyl, but her front paw has also started to turn outward are there any braces or wraps that are sold to help with this?

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    As long as you monitor your pet with periodic vet exams, blood work and urine to make sure no hidden bleeding, kidney or liver dysfunction. It is great that you are able to use drug on a few times a week. I find sometimes that using excellent nutritional supplements like glucosamine/MSM, as well as omega 3 fatty acid and antioxidants can help as well.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Many dogs can develop curving of their bones either due to genetic problems in young animals, or from degenerative bone or joint disease in older animals. I would have your pet examined by a veterinary orthopedic specialist to determine if there are any additional medications or if you need to even worry about the change in conformation you are seeing in the front leg.

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Alicia for sharing the wonderful story of your 13 year old boxer. There are in fact many wonderful joint supplements as well as even holistic veterinary treatment options such as acupuncture, chiropractice and pet physical therapists, which are increasing across the country, and often allow use to use lower doses of conventional medications.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    There are no comparable nonprescription drugs to rimadyl or many of the other prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications, except for buffered aspirin. You always want to check with your vet, though before starting on any over the counter medications like this and aspirin should never be taken at same time as rimadyl or other related drugs. IF you use aspirin long term, periodic blood and urine monitoring also should be done at your local veterinarian. As for additional supplements, I find that a combination of supplements like super joint enhancer, antioxidants like proanthozone and fatty acids like super omega 3 can go a long way on limiting how much of the conventional drugs we need to use in arthritic dogs. Also supplements like Yucca intensive can help as well. As for your other younger dog, I would just make sure on good natural diet as well as good multi such as vitachews as well as I would use fatty acid like Super omega 3 or nordic naturals omega 3 fatty acid which can help keep him healthy in the long run.

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    There should not be damage as long as you are observant for any changes in digestive tract function, appetite or thirst. Periodic blood work and urine testing done 3 to 4 times yearly at your local veterinarian can help minimize risk of complications, as well as using other adjunctive nutritional joint supplements.

  10. i have a 3 year old shih tzu she keeps coughing its been for two days what can i give her

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 15, 2009 at 12:28 am

    She could have an allergy or infection or possibly a more serious condition like a collapsing trachea. You could try antihistamine like chlorphenirmine at dose of 2 to 4 mg twice daily as well as use Vetri liquid DMG immune booster from 1800petmeds. You can also at same time try a teaspoon of childrens robitussin every 12 hours for up to a day or two. However if cough persists, best to see vet for proper exam, diagnosis and treatment

  12. My 7yr old Beagle (26lbs) Molly started having bad back spasms last week and now it’s clear that she is going to have long term back/joint problems and we want to be very proactive in getting her as healthy and pain free as possible. As of Friday the vet put her on 1/4 of a Previcox 227mg chewable a day. I have since spoken to a friend who is a vet tech in another state and she said I could give Molly glucosamine Chondroitin as well as the Previcox. She even said I could go ahead and give Denosyl as well too for liver function. Do you know if it’s safe for a dog to be on Previcox, glucosamine Chondroitin, and Denosyl all at the same time? Thank you for any advice you can share.

  13. I have a shih tzu who is about 20 years old. I resuce him from death row and after tracing his history discovered a very old couple had him since a baby. I was told by their son that he was about 10 years old and that was1998. He has lost some sight but getsaround OK. What is the best RX , or over counter to give him to help him with his pain and aliments. My local vet is great but medication is really costly to some one on social security.


  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Dog lovers understand that losing a pet is like losing a family member (because they are!) We are using Rimadyl for our 6 yr old rescued Sheltie. She had been abused to the point that she was so crippled, it was as if she was already an elderly dog. Rimadyl was the only thing that worked to have her be able to stand and move. We went in with our eyes wide open, knowing that she could incur liver damage. She has regular blood tests and, so far, so good. But, if we had not found a solution our sweet dog would probably have had to have been put to sleep. We made the decision to give her a quality life, even if we risked shortening it. With all powerful medications, we have to balance the risks we are willing to take. For now, we savor every day with Chloe and hope that we have given her a better life than she had before.

  16. My 15 year old Heeler mix has been using either Deramaxx or Rimadyl for 10 years now due to early onset arthritis. Her liver/kidney function were fine for about 8 1/2 years of use, then the drugs began to take there toll. Her deramaxx has been adjusted and some suppliments added and she still manages to live a happy and semi-active lifestyle. Even knowing what I know now, I would not have changed her treatment. Deramaxx has allowed her walk for years longer than she would have without and it’s been worth the risks.

  17. ck to my vet the next morning, then to the specialty clinic that afternoon. That evening at 8 p.m. that vet called us, the dog was on a respirator and somewhat sedated to make her comfortable. He did not concur with the other vet that she had a virus because heer lymph glands were not swollen. He did not think she would survive the night. So we had to make the awful decision to put her down. this all happend within one week. I had a biobsy done. He called me 2 hours later and told me that she had a tumor on her liver which metasticised oin her lungs and she would have died. How could the other two vets have missed this. Unbelievable.

  18. We lost our 6 year old German Shorthaired Pointer because our vet did not think about testing her for cancer or weigh her to notice that she had lost 10 pounds and was coughing. I had to ask for tests and x-rays. How is this possible. She was constantly clearing her throat and within a week after taking her to emergency we had to put out sweet girl down. The vet told us she had lung cancer which originated in or on her liver. She was on no meds. We spend $4,000 to find that out. How can this happen?

  19. Heartgard has Ivermectin in it and my vet said that is fatal to collies or a collie mix. Why do you not have this information on your packaging for this product or here on your website medication information?

  20. For my black lab, it was a matter of improving his quality of life. It may have taken a year off his life, but he was able to do the things he loved for four more years, like swimming and running.

  21. Hello,

    I see many times most pet owners talk about Rimadyl and the other NSAID mentions but no one really ever mentions Etogestic. It’s basically the same with a minor difference that it treats osteoarthritis. My Italian Greyhound who is 13 and had a grade 4 subluxating patella that was corrected at age 2 takes 75 mg of Etogestic and 2.5 mg of Azium per day and has been for over 5 years. It’s absolutely incredible how well he feels when he is on his meds.

  22. I have a 10 year old golden retriever who has arthritis and is taking Rimadyl which is effective -but I am worried about side effects because two years ago he was operated on for a tumor on his chest that was diagnosed as CA. Is it safe to give Yucca and possibly decreasing his Rimadyl as a more natural approach?


  23. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    While your vet is indeed correct that collies, shelties and certain related breeds are more sensitive to ivermectin than other breeds, the amount of ivermectin the the standard monthly heartworm preventatives is way below the level that normally causes problems in even the collie breed. However if you are more comfortable with it, certainly you could use interceptor as an alternative, although according the the drug companies that make heartguard and generic iverheart, as well as veterinary cardiologists, using heartguard is not a problem in these breeds due to the low amounts of ivermectin in the products.

  24. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks tw for sharing your labrador’s success story. Certainly the various prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs have made huge differences in the quality of life of many dogs over the years, and as long as patients are looked at individually, as there is always small risk of side effects, which is why patients on these drugs should always be under the care of a primary veterinarian with periodic blood work done and reassessments. I also always encouraged, as you see(in many of my responses) joint supplements as well, which often allow us to cut down on the amount of drugs needed to control symptoms. There is also the wonderful growing field of complimentary veterinary medicine with increasing numbers of veterinarians being trained in chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy, all of which I have seen make huge differences in the quality of life of many canine and feline patients.

  25. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Helene. We usually dont recommend using a strong steroid like azium(generic dexamethasone) at the same time as a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug like etogesic, due to the risk in many patients of increased side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and liver/kidney issues. However clearly your dog has done wonderfully, and as long as your pet is under the care of a veterinarian with periodic blood work done, one cant argue with success for 5 years in dog this age!!! As for your praise of etogesic, in my experience I have seen more dogs have digestive side effects with using this drug than some of the others, but certainly others have had great experiences with this medication as you have. It is often a practitioner preference as well as which drug would work better in an individual pet. For example rimadyl may not work well in a particular pet, while etogesic does wonders. Same as in people who have degenerative joint disease, arthritis and related painful disorders, where patients can have variable responses to the different prescription drugs out there.

  26. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    As long as your dog is under the care of your veterinarian with periodic blood work done to check liver/kidney values and his blood counts, and your dog is not having any vomiting or diarrhea or appetite changes, than it is usually safe to continue rimadyl as needed long term. You can sometimes cut back on how much you need by using excellent supplements like Yucca intensive, as well as joint supplements like super joint enhancer, as well as Super Pure Omega 3. I also find that antioxidants like proanthozone as well are wonderful to use together to help decrease inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.

  27. My 12 year old Pekingnese was diagnosed with advanced liver disease about 6 weeks ago. She lost almost half her body weight, was lethargic and had no spark at all. I was sure that she was going to die. The biopsy revealed that she did not have cancer, but liver disease. She has been on a 90 mg. dose of Denoysyl daily. Her weight has steadily increased, she is active and eating well. Here is the problem: she has become highly aggressive everywhere – at the groomer’s, the dog park is a horror. Is this a side effect to this medication?? I am at my wits end and really cannot take her anywhere anymore that she used to enjoy.

  28. We have a 12 year German shepard who we put on one 325 mg of ascripton with mallox a day for one week. We will be starting a 37.5 mg of deramaxx a day. How long should we wait after the last dose of ascripton ?

  29. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 5, 2009 at 1:06 am

    There is usually a “wash out” period that most vets including myself like to use when changing from one nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug to another. I usually wait 2-3 days at least. Of course if going on any long term drug like this, always have your vet periodically check blood work, and dont forget about supportive supplements like super joint enhancer, proanthozone, and fatty acids like nordic naturals omega 3 fatty acids. Also yucca intensive as well.

  30. My Dog is now taking Tramadol instead of Rimadyl.The Vet prescribed 300 mg/day (Tramadol) My Dog weighs 55#.Is this too high of a dosage for my Dog?Will the Tramadol do any damage to any of the organs? THANK YOU:)

  31. Is it safe for my beagle to be on previcox and dexamethasone

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  33. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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  34. Dear Jody

    Just sptoted this one and thought I ought to comment in case anyone else reads this. REALLY IMPORTANT. You should never combine a cortocosteroid (dexamethazone) with an NSAID (Previcox). You are really asking for trouble and gastrointestinal complications (potentially VERY serious) are virtually guaranteed.

  35. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I dont see any problems with the combination of supplements you are using. Consider the antioxidant proanthyozone as well. Your pet should have periodic blood work including CBC/chem, etc to monitor for thinning of the blood, etc while on these meds. Also consider holistic med options like dhiropractic or acupuncture http://www.altvetmed.org

  36. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Youc an try buffered aspirin at dose of 5 mg per pound once to twice daily OR white willow bark from health food store at same dose , however you really should have vet exam and blood work before starting these or any other nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs or supplements. You could try supplements first like yucca intensive, super joint omega from 1800petmeds as well as proanthozone antioxidants, in addition to joint enhancer as well but even these in pet this age should be used under vet care and supervision periodically exams, etc

  37. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 15, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Yes it is normally not very safe and risk to combine cortisone drugs and nonsteroidal anti inflammatory meds like previcox. GI risk and/and/or liver/kidney risks are increased when these combinations are used.

  38. i have a greyhound who has started coughing after a week of previcox is this a possible side effect

  39. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I have not seen any pets cough from use of previcox in my experience and opinion. It is possible your dog was exposed to bacterial or viral infection.

  40. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I agree. Infection would be more likely.

  41. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I have not seen this as a problem in my experience and opinion.

  42. Our beloved dog-son, Dunkin, had to have surgery on both his back legs 5 yrs ago. One didnt take and had 3 more on that one leg, the other took fine. Our current vet put him on Duramaxx, then Rimadyl and recently Previcox. His lab work did come back with some low level changes in his liver so they suggested we stop the Previcox and start him on the meds to help with that. At one point, the vet had us try Tramadol instead for his pain but for some reason it was so hard to give it to him, we tried everything (he’s quite smart!). We started to try the Tramadol again (we have almost full bottle still) but I wanted to make sure that at this point, its ok to go ahead and try the Tramadol again. He is 11 yrs young. His only change recently has been a slight increase in his drinking.

  43. Oh also, we stopped Previcox 5-6 days ago.

  44. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    IT is fine to try the tramadol again. Ask your vet also about possibility of trying prescription amantadine, which may help with pain as well. Acupuncture is other option, as well as physical therapy. Ask your vet about these services in your area.

  45. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for additional information. You can also consider natural product dog gone pain which you can find on line as well. I have had good results with that as well.

  46. I have a lab mix who is 10yrs old. Over the past year he has had temporary issues with his neck when he plays too hard. It results in severe pain and restricted movement. Normally we call the vet and get dexamethazone for a 3 day treatement (twice in the past 12 months.) Last night he was hurt again and I gave him 405mg of children’s asprinat 11pm (he’s 70 pounds so it was just over 5 mg/lb) He woke up yelping in pain at 4 am and I had a leftover 75 mg rimadyl that I gave him from a surgery in 2009.

    How long do I need to wait before switching to dexamethazone after one rimadyl? i’m picking it up later today.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Had I read more on rimdyl earlier, I would have thrown it out.

  47. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I usually wait 24 to 48 hours before going from a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory agent to a steroid like dexamethasone.

  48. I have a 7 year old beagle and 3/20/09 he developed a serious back issue, they thought he blew a disk, however, dexamethasone, methacarbamol, and gabapentin helped him tremendously and he was better in a few days. The problem has recurred again and last night I gave him 37.5mgs of rimadyl until I could see a vet. Today I got refills on all his previous meds but he is still in tremndous pain and crying constantly. I have not started the steroid due to the small rimadyl dose that he took. He is 43 pounds. What are the risks if I give him the steroid (prednisone 5mg) even though he took 1 small dose of rimadyl? How long do I have to wait? Thanks

  49. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I dont think risks are that great giving steroid as long as you stop the rimadyl. Dogs with discs though are prone to GI ulcers however and steroids can potentiate that. I would ask vet about GI protectant drugs like pepcid at same time to help offset that.

  50. This article is indeed useful. I just would like to add. In my research on Rimadyl for dogs, i think that it is generally safe as long as taken under precautions like determining the dog’s allergies prior to giving Rimadyl, avoiding overdose, and making sure not to miss a dose.

  51. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Also important to have that blood work done before and during use of this medicine if used long term.

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  53. My golden retriever 13 yrs has been on novox for a few years.
    We just did some blood work twice in the past few weeks
    readings were 31 and should of been 35. Last reading was 32. My vet says she is leaking blood,
    What did she mean??…I haven’t been able to talk to her from
    the last readings,

  54. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    She probably means that she thinks your dog has a low level anemia secondary to blood loss from possibly the medication. I would ask for further blood tests such as a reticulocyte count which is how we see if there is active bleeding or not.

  55. My 5 year old Maltese started limping March of 2011. He was treated with rimadyl/deramaxx. He was back to normal till he jumped off the couch in July, 2011. X-rays showed shoulder arthritis moved down to elbow then. He continued taking deramaxx till end of January when he decided he is going to jump off the couch again. This time, it got really bad, not only his right front is injured, his left front wrist was swollen. New vet wanted to put him on prednisone and chemotherapy drug to suppress his immune system. I decline giving him those mess and went to a holistic vet, he is now on 3 Chinese herbs, supplements, milk thistle, probiotics as well as an antibiotic for bone infection. I have not seen any improvement on his condition. He is not using his front legs most of the time. If he does use his front, it would be only to go potty. I just purchased the vetri dmg, and wanted to know if I can mix that with baby aspirin, as well as all the other herbs and supplements. I hope this is the answer I have been looking for to treat his auto immune diagnosis (?). Please help me get my baby better.

  56. Can u recommend a liquid brand of glucosamine with msm and chondroitin that I give my boy since it works faster?

  57. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    There is no liquid brand of glucosamine that I personally recommend. Try googling on line to see what comes up.

  58. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    You can try the DMG but may not be strong enough. You may have to give him prednisone in this case if no improvement. Other option would be to consult with a homeopathic vet, which is different than a holistic vet. To learn more see http://www.beyondflatearth.com. Also see my website at http://www.doctordym.com

  59. My 14 year old chow chow Chi, has severe hip dysplasia and osteo athritis, and now a flipping of her feet, excuse me I forgot the conditions name however we are currently on Cosequin, Fish Oil, tramadol 25mg twice a day, we completed 2-3 months of acupuncture and saw some improvement in her ability to get up and show more movement, 3 months ago we did a $2800.00 stem cell therapy replacement surgery, which was absoultely worthless and caused more damage than good, and currently we are on Adequan injections every three weeks for the rebuilding of bone and pain management. I will also share that at one point Chi Chi had elevated liver enzymes for reasons unkwown but recently have been using Denamarin to support her liver and in turn the liver values have been normal, with that said we are still struggling to find that wonder drug to help Chi and her pain. Currently Deramaxx and Rimadyl are not an option for us, too dangerous. Please any suggestions and or prayers are welcomed on what else we can do to help my girl…

  60. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job with your dog using the best of both conventional and holistic worlds. Perhaps classical homeopathy and nutrition may help at her age. Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations. To learn more see my website http://www.doctordym.com For now, you could consider additional joint supplements like Dog gone pain which you can find on line, as well as yucca intensive from 1800petmeds.

  61. Sir, Can Proanthazone, Super Omega 3 Fatty acid ,Yucca drop.s and Glucosamine Condrotin all be taken together ?,MY 12 yr. old female 20 lb ShihTzu is currently on Gluccosamine & Condroitin 5000mg, plus tramadol, and Gabapentin , Not working can hardly walk, Been on these meds for many months ,Had read about the meds I first asked you about above, was thinking about changing some meds around as she can barely walk after many months, She is in a lot of pain we carry her up and down steps few times a day to go to do potty, Please help I cry for her

  62. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

    There should not be a problem with all of these supplements, however with what you are describing your dog would probably do better with additional medical therapy like acupuncture and/or chiropractic. Find a vet in your area skilled in these.

  63. Hi! My 35 lb beagle had back surgery a few years back but he has “flare ups” maybe once a year where he yelps on movement and needs to be crated rested for weeks with medication to heal. He took Deramaxx for 2 days and when I went to the vet he wanted him to be on prednisone. There was only a 3 day gap between deramaxx and when my vet wanted him to start prednisone tonight. He told us to give our dog a Pepcid beforehand and that 3 days was enough. I’ve read online the washout period from deramaxx to prednisone is 7-10 days. I still haven’t given him a prednisone yet. His pain is already getting better with the crate rest and pain medication he’s on and he’s definitely improving. What are your thoughts on the washout period from deramaxx to prednisone? Even a small chance of complications is too much for me so if I should wait 7 days I can do that. Have a great night!

  64. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 13, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Hi Justin. I would wait the full 7 days. Also consider supplements for spine such as ligaplex II by standard process which you can get from amazon.com I would also consider working with holistic vet possibly with acupuncture or chiropractic which can often help amazingly for backs. I have also used homeopathy in my vet practice to help pets like this over long period http://www.doctordym.com

  65. If you don’t mind telling, what happened to your doberman while on Rimadyl? How did it kill her? I question because I also have a 4 1/2 year old doberman that had surgery to remove a disc in her neck 3 months ago as she has chronic intervertebral disc disease and also has a slight bend/curve in her ankle of her left foot since she was a puppy which is stiff when she first gets up from sleeping in her bed and also knuckles over sometimes when she squats to pee. Neurologist prescribed Carprofen, which is generic for Rimadyl, and I have read many stories and warnings of giving Rimadyl, especially to dobermans as they seem to be sensitive to this drug. Neuro insists after 27 years of being a doctor that I am what she called \googleized\ and that I have unneccessary fear. That this drug would make her pain free and comfortable. So I am very hesitant in giving this drug to her. I have not started it yet. I don’t know what to do? There has to be another way, a different drug or a more natural approach with positive results.

  66. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    As a vet who practices both conventional and homeopathic medicine of 21 years I can tell you that most dogs tolorate rimadyl fine. In occasional/rare instances, digestive and liver reactions can be seen. There is no way of predicting which pet will react but the neurologist is right that most dogs do tolorate it fine, even Dobermans. As for other alternatives, I would consider working with a holistic vet. Options include chiropractic and acupuncture, which often can help in many cases while drugs just mask symptoms, while doing nothing to improving the health of the spine. You can also consider working with a homeopathic vet like myself who treat patients with individualized homeopathic remedies over time to improve over all health. To learn more about homeopathy see http://www.beyondflatearth.com and my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets offer phone consultations.

  67. My italian greyhound, Dino, turned 7 years old on 12/17/12. We rescued him in February 2012 along with his brother, Kermit. Kermit and our other iggie, Skyy, 3 yrs old and very playful. Dino joined right in as if no problem. Dino jumped for toy last week, cryed a few minutes then stopped. Door bell rang and he ran to it. This morning Dino had trouble down stairs and again going up the stairs holding back paw. After cuddling for 20 mins he calmed down. Layed on the bed, then when I came out he was on the couch. Do you think this could be arthitis and should I give him buffered aspirin? If so how much he is 26 lbs. Visited vet just a week ago, blood test fine.

  68. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I would prefer prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory agents from vet like metacam or rimadyl. Dose of buffered aspirin would be one half a 325 mg tablet twice daily with food if needed but best to use and be under direction of local vet. Supplements like super joint enhancer and yucca intensive from 1800petmeds may help as well.

  69. Is there another pain medication that is safe to use in tandem with Rimadyl ?

  70. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Ask your vet about prescription tramadol, which is often effective and inexpensive for pain.

  71. We have an 18-year old 12 lb. poodle. She has arthritis and neuropathy in her back legs. She can walk, but not terribly well. She has been on about 6mg. of Rimadyl (1/4 of 25 mg. tablet) and about 25 mg. of Tramadol daily for a couple of years now.
    I took her off the Rimadyl for a few days once, and she was shaking and chattering her teeth all the time from pain.
    However, her kidney values are bad and getting increasingly worse – the Rimadyl is very bad for this. I tried gabapentin for a while, hoping that maybe we could decrease the rimadyl, but the gabapentin didn’t help at all and made her seem depressed.

    Would prednisone perhaps be a better alternative for her to the Rimadyl? Would it be as hard on the kidneys as rimadyl is?

    She is already very old, and though she still enjoys life (when awake) and looks fantastic, we don’t anticipate her being with us for more than another year. We would like for her to enjoy her remaining time as much as possible. And it would be great if she died of old age instead of kidney failure. Thanks!

  72. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Either prednisone or rimadyl can be hard on the kidneys but if I were to choose, I would go with low dose prednisone. Make sure you also have on good stomach protectant drugs like pepcid AC or prilosac. Dose of pepcid AC would be 2.5 mg twice daily. Also consider yucca intensive from 1800petmeds or dog gone pain which you can find on line.

  73. My German Shepherd is almost 8 years old. She has suffered with joint pain for years. We have been using Rimadyl, but she was still having trouble walking- limping on our daily walks. My vet prescribed 300 mg of Gabapentin each day for one week in addition to the Rimadyl, but wants me to increase this to twice each day. I am afraid of overmedicating my dog. Since we started this treatment one week ago, she is doing much better and enjoys chasing pinecones again:) Should I give this twice per day as my vet suggests or just leave it be as it seems to be helping?

  74. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    If once a day dose helping, then I would stick with that as we always want to use lowest dose of drugs to control symptoms. Also consider supplements like super joint enhancer, proanthozone, as well as yucca intensive from 1800petmeds.

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  76. we lost our white german shepard from cancer last year after the vet said he had cancer, he started coughing and his lungs filled with water and the drugs were over $200 aweek we had to put him down after 2 months of suffering and the vet never saw anything on his regular checks, even though we found out he had a heart problem 3 months prior,

  77. Can you give DMG to a cat that is taking Denamarin for elevated ALP levels, or would that be too much? The vet doesn’t feel it’s necessary, but I’ve read so many good things about the supplement.

  78. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    DMG is an excellent economic supplement and can only help. I would recommend it.

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  80. My dog is having joint problems with her back legs and she is on 2 tremedol three times a day, 1 novox twice a day and 1-2 gabapentin twice a day right now. Am i able to give her glucosamine on top of these meds?

  81. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Glucosamine should not be a problem but ask your vet first

  82. Hello!

    I would like to ask, if I can give Vetri DMG to my dog chihuahua (1,4kg) who has GME and he is on prendisolone and imuran treatment for 10 month now.

    Thank you!

  83. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    DMG should NOT be a problem when using pred and immuran

  84. Rimadyl is a deadly poison drug….. Took my St. BERNARD to the vet at 2:30 this afternoon for a bulg in her leg doc said it was osteochondroma which is bone cancer, he told use she has atleast 6-8 months left. Incorrect sir after one pill of rimadyl my dog died today… How does a dog go from being fine at 2:30 this afternoon to dieing at 10:30?? Screw this drug it’s a dog killer….R.I.P. Daisy love you puppy

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