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Reports about the Benefits of Rimadyl

Year 2000 and Later


The following reports are about dogs who have derived benefit from Rimadyl or who have had mixed reactions (e.g., initially problematic, but subsequently positive). The following case histories and reports are presented so that readers may learn about potential benefits and how the drug may be administered to minimize side effects.

In April 2000, the Senior Dogs Project ceased accepting reports of experiences with Rimadyl. With the appearance of the March 13, 2000, Wall Street Journal article, Pfizer's distribution of a new consumer information sheet, and additional widespread information campaigns, it seemed our goal of informing consumers by presenting experiential reports had been reached.

Reports on beneficial experiences with Rimadyl may be of interest to Pfizer (toll-free: 1-800-366-5288) as well as to visitors to the various pet bulletin boards on the Internet.


September 2003:

On a positive note, an e-mail message from Val T.: "We have a 16-year-old American Eskimo Dog named Frosty. He has been on Rimadyl for almost three years for arthritic hips and spine. We give him the pill with a small piece of cheese to help him get it down. He receives 1/2 pill in the morning and 1/2 pill in the evening, totaling 25mg a day. Frosty weighs 15 lbs. and was as healthy as a horse until the arthritis. Our vet does a blood chemistry on him every six months. He is just now starting to show high urea levels in his blood. The most important thing is to keep up the blood work, since Rimadyl can damage the kidneys. At this time he still has a wonderful quality of life...thanks to Rimadyl. Without Rimadyl, we would have lost him."


Twelve-year-old Lab/Boxer Mix Thrives On Rimadyl

From an E-mail received March 15, 2002:

"I have a Black Lab Boxer mix named Buster and he is 12 years old. He has been on Rimadyl for six (sic) years. He had a knee problem that they could not solve. We had surgery (exploratory). As he aged, he became stiffer. Once we put him on the Rimadyl, it made such a huge difference; he could run and play again. His arthritis has progressed so much that we (my husband, myself and our vet) just recently (about six weeks ago) adjusted his dosage to two 100 mg tablets twice a day. He still gets around pretty good. We have always had his liver and kidney functions checked and they have been fine. I believe that Buster would not have lasted this long if not for Rimadyl." (Editor's note: Rimadyl has been available only since January 1997. If the dog began Rimadyl therapy at the drug's introduction, he would now be in the first quarter of the sixth year.)
LoriJRCamp@aol.com


Communication between Client and Veterinarian a Critical Element in Good Pet Care

From Dr. Kristi Fisher, DVM, February 2, 2002:

"I was directed to your website by a client who was sure we were guilty of malpractice for prescribing Rimadyl and prednisone together. This is a dog with severe burns over most of his body, so he is on an extremely low dose of prednisone for two weeks while on the Rimadyl as needed for arthritis. I assured the client that this was ok, and gave him signs of ulceration to watch for.

"I was rather dismayed by the Rimadyl reports, however. I have seen two adverse reactions in two Laboradors which, when treated, the dogs responded just fine. So many of the symptoms people were describing in the reports fit that of many other diseases common to old age. One person complained about blood panels not being done and the chart not being read to see what the dog was taking, etc. I agree that this presents a problem. I require blood panels every three months on patients on Rimadyl. In most cases, I require some sort of blood panel before starting it. However, what pet owners need to realize is that reactions to Rimadyl are very infrequent. Unfortunately, when an adverse reaction occurs to your pet, it is goes from infrequent to 100%.

"Rimadyl is an excellent drug for providing comfort for dogs with arthritis. Routine monitoring should be done (as with any long term medications). Especially in older pets, do not let signs of disease go unchecked before bringing them in to be examined like you can usually do in a younger animal. Also, do not be quick to blame the medication. I see MANY older patients go downhill very quickly that are not on any medications. Most of all, owners should be sure to discuss any and all concerns with their veterinarian. If they are not satisfied, find another vet. This profession is based on client communication to best serve the pet." kristina@mvah.com


Newfoundland with Osteosarcoma Would Not Be Alive without Rimadyl

Received February 14, 2002:

"I just wanted to share a brief story with those seeking comfort in knowing that your pet CAN live longer and pain free being on Rimadyl. We have two beautiful male Newfoundlands. To our greatest grief, our youngest one (Otis, three years old) was diagnosed with the devastating and rapidly spreading bone cancer 'osteosarcoma.' He was in a lot of pain and we just did not know what to do other than follow our vet's advice, which was to either amputate or seek relief through the help of medication. Being that he's too big a dog to be limping on three legs, we opted for the medication. He is currently on twice the allowed amount (500mg) and he is doing fantastic. If it wasn't for Rimadyl we would have had to put him down a long time ago. He probably has at best three more months to live. He was diagnosed about four months ago, and this disease is fatal 100% of the time in six to eight months, with or without treatment. We opted for quality and a pain-free life style for him. Hence the Rimadyl. Only problem is the price of the medication! Hope this help anybody going through the same thing. Robert_Zeepvat@sentrixhealth.com


Senior Golden Retriever Derives Comfort and Is More Energetic on Rimadyl

Received February 21, 2002:

"I read with horror the February newsletter and the story of Ginger (report shown below) and her Rimadyl experience. I also have a senior Golden Retriever. He has hip displaysia and has been on Rimadyl for almost two years. At the time I started him on it, there were no stories of adverse effects other than the potential kidney problems. I decided that it was worth a try to make my old boy more comfortable. I am happy to say that within about three weeks he appeared much more comfortable and had fewer problems getting up after lying down. With steady doses of Rimadyl, glucosamine-chondroitin and exercise, he appears much better. He has also lost about seven pounds, due to the exercise he can now endure. I just want to be sure that everyone isn't scared off by the Rimadyl horror stories. There will always be cases of adverse effects to every drug due to the uniqueness of every living thing on Earth. The additional comfort and energy that Rikko has gained from Rimadyl is something that every senior dog plagued by arthritic or other mobility problems deserves a shot at. Rikko will be 10 on March 6, and his health is much better because of Rimadyl. Just wanted to be sure that both sides of the story were represented on your site. sherryi@microsoft.com


German Shepherd Dog Is Helped By Rimadyl

6/24/01 -- "Ivan, my oldest German Shepherd was diagnosed with hip dysplasia (HD) at a very young age. He seemed to live a happy life despite it. At approximately 10 years of age, he started having some aches and pains, as well as slowing down overall. Our vet prescribed Rimadyl. A few months later, he was also diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, which is similar to Multiple Sclerosis in humans. It's extremely debilitating, and much worse than living with HD, in my opinion. Approximately a year ago, we had Ivan x-rayed due to coughing. We thought it could be allergies, but wanted to be sure. The x-ray showed arthritis in his back, but since he was on Rimadyl, we didn't change much as far as treatment.

"Ivan takes 100 mg of Rimadyl twice per day. He gets the first dose in the morning, with quite a few treats and water. He usually eats his dinner between 4pm and 6pm. Then a little before bedtime, he gets his second Rimadyl (along with other various vitamins) with more treats and water. We give Ivan all of his pills dipped in cream cheese, since he's a stinker about taking them otherwise. However, if it's a chewable pill, he'll eat it without a problem usually. We don't give any antacids, because, as long as we give him treats with his pills, he doesn't seem to have a problem. Since Ivan's arthritis has gotten worse the older her gets, along with DM and HD, we do not skip any doses. We tried to at one point and he could barely walk, so we didn't do that again. The vet has told us that, if we feel he is experiencing a great deal of pain, we can give him another 1/2 pill of Rimadyl. However, she warned that we could only do that for a couple of days. We also make sure that he sleeps and lies on orthopedic pet beds, with comfy blankets. As far as doing blood work goes, since Ivan has DM, stress is one of the absolute worst things possible for him. He does not go to the Vet very often because it is so stressful for him; we really take him only when we feel we must.

"Two times during the course of his treatment, we heard about the 'Rimadyl scare' and called our vet, worried that something could happen to our boy. She assured us that IF he was going to have a reaction to the medication, that it would have more than likely happened fairly early on, and that most dogs do well on it, but as with ALL drugs, there are risks. She also told us that her dog was on it, and that he had done well, too, although she did mention that, from her research, it seemed that a lot of Labs were being affected adversely. I might add that we trust our vet very much, as she saved Ivan's life once, when he bloated.

"Ivan's could barely walk without taking the Rimadyl, so for us, it was a risk we thought we should take. When we cut his dose in half to see if he could do with less (again, because of the fear associated with it) he began to stumble and fall. He is almost 13-1/2 years old now, and is doing as well as can be expected. He's been on Rimadyl for a little over 3 years, and has had blood work done, which he passed with flying colors! The DM is getting much worse, but we have learned how to deal with that, as much as possible. He's a big,102 lb.Shepherd, and the vet feels (and we do, too) that we have been blessed with a long life for a dog in Ivan's condtion. I want to tell your readers that, for some dogs, Rimadyl IS a good thing, and it DOES help increase their comfort and quality of life. I think ours is that of a success story." Monica0324@aol.com

3/6/01 -- "First, I want to applaud your thorough, balanced, helpful site. Perhaps your address should be added to the Rimadyl insert. Second, I wanted to describe our experience with Rimadyl so it can be included in your compilation. One morning, two months ago, our 8-year-old Collie, Jake, yelped in pain while getting up. He began trembling and panting, and appeared fearful: his tail was tucked between his legs, his ears were down, and he shied away from us. He would not play, had to be encouraged to even go outside to relieve himself - it was as if Jake's spirit had been taken away. He stayed this way until we could get him to a vet who, after an exam including x-rays, suggested we try Rimadyl. Within two days, Jake was...back! It was the most dramatic and positive drug effect I have seen. Not only was Jake relieved of his severe discomfort, but he was more active than he had been for months -- it was as if he were suddenly younger. For the past month, we cut his dose in half (half of a pill twice daily), and have seen no loss of benefit. As for the potential for side-effects, a liver function test was taken and read before the prescription was given, which I took to mean that some potential toxicity had been ruled out, and that it was reasonably safe for Jake. However, that we were not told that death was a possible event. Bottom line, I don't think we were very well informed about Rimadyl's known risks, but, we probably would have tried it on Jake anyway, given the severity of his condition; in this case, it clearly was exactly the needed treatment." ericharris@amexol.net

3/8/01 -- "I recently found you site and love it. I was particularly attracted to the section regarding Rimadyl as I have a ten year old Labrador who has been on Rimadyl for two years. Kaya contracted lime disease about two years ago and was left with severe arthritis in her rear legs. Without Rimadyl she would not be able to get up in the morning and walk. I am grateful that a drug such as Rimadyl is available for her and am fortunate that her vet was and continues to be well informed of Rimadyl's risks. Kaya has blood work done frequently and has had no liver or other associated problems. She takes one pill a day. There are risks with any drug as well as both good and bad candidates for taking any given drug. Rimadyl may not be for every dog, but IT DOES WORK for some dogs. I don't believe that my best friend would have been able to cope with her arthritis pain and immobility on her own and for that I can only be thankful that the option of Rimadyl exists." Jennifer.Crocket@advecta.com


10/11/00: Rimadyl "Can and Does" Make 13-year-old Dog Active
"We have a wonderful 13-year-old dog who takes Rimadyl. He is checked by the vet regularly (blood tests), and I am very vigilant with him. There is no question our dog would be virtually inactive without it. I hope you can remain fair-minded and let prople know that this drug Can and Does help!!!"
Clark3849@aol.com

4/5/00: Rimadyl Successfully Helps 14 1/2-year-old Lab/Akita for Three Years
"Casey, my Labrador/Akita mix, is 14-1/2 years old. She has been on Rimadyl for 3 years without a single symptom. She takes it twice a day along with Glycoflex 600 for her joints. She's more active than most 10 year-old dogs I've seen. My vet did complete bloodwork before prescribing the medication and periodic bloodwork is done every year. At every check up, the vet and I discuss the medication Casey's on so that I can ask questions and stay informed. Rimadyl is helping me to keep my dog healthy and happy in her golden years."
acoffee@mail.hoffmanlewis.com


3/27/00: Euthanasia Was Contemplated for Labrador Retriever; She Is Still Going Strong, 2 1/2 Years Later
Breed:
Labrador Retreiver (female, "Midnight")
Age: 11 years
Reason for Rimadyl rx: inability to move hind quarters
Dog's weight and dosage taken: 75 lbs - 37mgs/day
Did your vet warn you about side effects?: Yes
How has your dog benefited from Rimadyl? "Greatly! Approximately 2 1/2 years ago my lab, Midnight, was virtually unable to walk. Her hindquarters were not functioning, and I was afraid I was going to have to put her down. Our vet suggested using Rimadyl (really as a kind of last resort, as we didn't expect her to last much longer), and the results have been fantastic. She is still alive and kicking, although not as fit as she used to be; but we are overjoyed at the fact she is still with us. Although the drug is fairly expensive in our market area, we will continue its use as the alternative is unthinkable."
oaky47@mediaone.net


3/18/00: Mastiff Does Well on Rimadyl; Others Suffer Serious Side Effects; Guardian Recommends Informed Choice and Careful, Controlled Usage
Breed: Mastiff (male, "Hannibal")
Age: 7 years at initial drug use
Reason for Rimadyl rx: Severe arthritic pain from Bilateral Hip Dysplasia resulting in a Femoral Head Ostectomy at age 3 years/Degenerative Arthritis at surgical site for ACL repair performed at age 18 months
Dog's weight and dosage taken: 155 pounds. Dosage was initially 100mg BID tapered off to 50-100 mg as needed
Did your vet warn you about side effects? "I was aware of the potential side effects THAT WERE KNOWN AT THE TIME but felt that Hannibal and I had run out of options."
How has your dog benefited from Rimadyl? "Hannibal had a long history of orthopedic problems, which began at a young age. Aspirin along with Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements, Adequan Injections and acupuncture over a five-year period gave him great relief. Eventually, those treatments gave him less and less relief from his pain, and euthanasia was considered. The drug Rimadyl had just become available and, as a TREATMENT/DRUG OF LAST CHOICE, I began dosing him TO EFFECT. Hannibal did not need the medication every day, so it was not administered every day. I went below the recommended dosage because of the KNOWN ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS. Why give more when more was not needed?Hannibal lived another 2 1/2 years, solely due to the drug Rimadyl. I do not advocate that Rimadyl be removed from the market, but DEMAND that each owner be given the opportunity to make an INFORMED CHOICE about the use of this drug for their pet. It is every person's right to know the side effects and to know that, despite adequate monitoring and pre-screening, SEVERE ADVERSE REACTIONS MAY STILL OCCUR!! I have had one Mastiff die as a result of Rimadyl (her story is still too painful to post at this website; perhaps some day I can), and another suffer neurological impairment (see Case #50, "Harlot")."
druids@erinet.com

3/24/00: Two Testimonials to Rimadyl
"I have a 13-year-old ,122-pound, indoor-only Rottweiler. He's a puppy in the brain, but has some arthritis in his rear leg. He has been on rimadyl for almost four years -- 2x day 100 mg each. He has had blood work, which has come back normal. It has helped him tremendously, and, so far, for the past four years, his blood work has been fine. So sorry to hear of all the bad experiences out there, but it is also not uncommon in older pets to have kidney and liver problems .... .wonder if there were any pre-existing, undiagnosed conditions; we will never know in most cases. My dad's Chesapeak BayRetriever, 9 years old, 90-pound female has been on both Rimadyl 50 mg. 1x day and one Cosequin for almost two years, and she is fine too. She is indoors-only, also, and blood work is fine. Animals are like people; you just dont know how they react to medications. I do think that being a spoiled indoor-only dog has contributed to Kaiser's longevity."
CoolBengal@aol.com


3/14/00: Abby Is Alive and Enjoying Life -- Family Hopes Rimadyl Will Continue to Be Available
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Our 12-year old spayed female German Shepherd, Abby, was diagnosed with severe spinal arthritis in 1996. She had x-rays taken because we thought her problem was her hips. Her pain got worse, she refused to walk, developed a fear of the outdoors because of pain when taken outside to relieve herself, and refused to go out because of this. She ended up in the basement, where she relieved herself where she laid. After high doses of prednisone, she still could not get up. When Abby couldn't get up anymore, our vet made a housecall, and determined that she had a poor prognosis. She had gotten progressively worse. Our vet felt that the prednisone was not helping Abby. She suggested that we try a new drug for arthritis, Rimadyl. She told us that we had to wean Abby off the prednisone, and it wasn't ideal to give both Rimadyl and prednisone, but Abby needed help right away. We agreed to give the Rimadyl, even though side effects and even death could result. Abby only had one alternative, which was to be put to sleep. We could not let her hide in the basement, in pain and suffering. Our vet did warn us that Rimadyl could cause adverse effects. Abby weighs 75 pounds and takes 75 mg Rimadyl twice daily. She has taken this since summer 1996. Abby started moving and going back outside after about 7 days of Rimadyl. She now plays in the yard, carrying sticks, chases the other dogs, and goes with us to the barn. She has slowed down some, but she was able to live comfortably with us for 4 years longer and is still going strong. We know about the lawsuit involving Rimadyl, and we hope this does not affect our ability to give it to our Abby. We hope that it doesn't make it more expensive or worse yet, unavailable to us."
yilla41@aol.com


3/13/00: Rimadyl Used with Care for German Shepherd
Breed: German Shepherd (male, "Nicholas")
Reason for Rimadyl rx: Nicholas had hip dysplasia
Dog's weight and dosage taken: "I don't remember the dosage that our veterinarian started him out on, but he had 1 & 1/2 tabs every 4th day...or as needed, more or less often. Nicholas weighed 145 lbs."
Did your vet warn you about side effects? "Yes, and he was very careful to take blood tests." How has your dog benefited from Rimadyl? "Nick was young when he started having problems due to his hips. I was given all of the options available and decided to use Rimadyl at least for the time being. While surgery would have been the best of my choices, it wasn't something I could do at that time. After we started using the Rimadyl, he did wonderfully; as a matter of fact, you wouldn't have known that he had a problem. If I let too much time go between dosages...depending on weather and how much strenuous exercise he was getting...he would start having problems. I am so thankful for the pain-free years the medication gave us. I know that this is about senior dogs but I think a couple of things need to be said here. First of all, just as with some people, some dogs will have problems on a medication. I remember my veterinarian's frustration when he couldn't get some of his clients to use Rimadyl the way I was using it. He felt that it needed to be used in as low a dosage as possible, as infrequently as possible, and, in the best of situations, in an 'as needed' manner. I have to wonder if some of the problems have come out of the fear of testing the need factor? Nicholas was a very special family member -- he was my friend, my companion, my protector, my confidant, my teacher -- and I loved him. The problem he developed had nothing to do with Rimadyl, and I had to put my very special "Big Guy" to sleep a little over a year ago. I am so very thankful for the wonderful active years this medication gave us.....and, yes, I would use it again."
lwalker50@aol.com


3/11/00: 14-Year-Old Lab Mix Is Helped and Has No Problems with Rimadyl
"I've been reading about the effects of Rimadyl on arthritic dogs and just wanted to let you know that my lab-mix dog, who is approximately 14 years old, did very well while on Rimadyl. She has arthritis in her spine, and her back legs give way due to the pain. While she was on Rimadyl, she seemed to not be in as much pain and actually ran around the yard to greet me when I would come home from work (she does stay in during inclement weather). The doctor took her off Rimadyl and put her on another drug (which fortunately is also working for her). I just wanted to let you know I had no problems with the Rimadyl and I know other people who have had their animals on it and it has been a miracle drug for them."


3/6/00: Senior Samoyed Helped by Rimadyl; Guardian's Other Dog Died While Taking Rimadyl
Breed:
Samoyed(male, "Jake")
Age: 12 years
Reason for Rimadyl rx: Arthritis in hips and elbows
Dog's weight and dosage taken:
58 pounds, 50 mg 2x per day with food
Did vet seem informed & inform you about side effects?: "
Yes. Dr. Ueno is very well informed, as am I. He ran a full blood panel before starting the Rimadyl. We will repeat the blood tests at 3 months."
How has your dog benefited from Rimadyl? "Thanks to this site, I know much more now than I did three years ago when my 13-year-old Samoyed died while taking Rimadyl. I thought long and hard about putting Jake on it, but in the end decided that the benefits outweighed the risk. Jake was very very stiff in his hips. He enjoys playing with his doggy brother and sisters, but it was very painful for him. After a couple of days on Rimadyl, he was much more playful, had an easier time getting up, and didn't seem to feel as 'stiff' as he had before. He is also sleeping through the night now."
denise.newell@fmc-na.com


1/23/00: Update to 11/6/99 Report -- Tribble Dies of Old Age Following Two-and-a-half Years on Rimadyl

Remarks: "Previously, I E-mailed about my 17 year old dog'streatment program on Rimadyl for 2 years. I had forgotten all about it until today. I received a E-mail about Tribbie's experience with Rimadyl. I am just writing to let you know Tribble passed away on January 12. Even though, my heart is broken, I realize that I would not have had Tribble until this year, if it had not been for Rimadyl. Tribble would have been put to sleep in 1997 because of the severe pain she was in. Rimadyl may not be without its problems, but it does have the potential to give comfort and enjoyment of a pet's senior years with grace and dignity. We, as pet owners, must realize that we have responsibility to be involved in our pets' healthcare. It is our responsibility to investigate and make educated decisions. Tribble's vet involved me in her treatment plan; when there was a problem, we handled it as a team. Our plan was that Tribble would live without pain until it was time for her to return home to heaven. Tribble had that privilege, and I have no regrets about her treatment."


11/6/99: 17-Year-Old Dog Has Two-and-a-half More Years of Life, Thanks to Rimadyl

"Rimadyl was a life saver for my dog, Tribble. Tribble is a mixed breed who is now 17 years old. Tribble had an accident several years ago that left her a paraplegic; she uses a canine cart to get along. Two years ago, arthritis in her front shoulders made just lying down painful for her. We made a decision to have her put down. When we took her to the vet's, he suggested we try Rimadyl, since Tribble is a fighter. She had overcome many odds, just to make it to that day. The Rimadyl proved to be a lifesaver for her, although this past summer her ALT levels started to rise and we did notice a change in her behavior. There was some discussion whether to remove Tribble from the medication or just continue on the track we were on. Several weeks ago, the vet changed her medication to Etogesic, with the understanding that if it was not effective Tribble would return to the Rimadyl. She is responding well to the medication change and doing much better. The bottom line is, even if the Etogesic was not effective, Tribble would have remained on the Rimadyl. She cannot live without a pain medication, and, if the side effects would have proved to have been fatal, the use of Rimadyl was a god-send for her. Because of the Rimadyl, she was able to live two good years and fortunate enough that other arthritis medications have been developed to allow her to continue to live a relatively normal life. It is my hope that people give their dogs the chance to live pain free, if the opportunity arises. But, they must also take responsibility to be involved in their pets' healthcare. If it had not been for Rimadyl, I would not have had the last two- and-a-half years with Tribble, who at this point intends to live until she decides its time to go."
Gazoodog@cs.com


2/1/00 -- Rimadyl Seems to Help after Being Suspected as Cause of Behavior Changes -- 1/8/00 -- Originally Case #94: Serious Behavioral Changes Occur following Three Doses of Rimadyl

2/1/00 Update: "We think it was the pain he was in that was causing the behavioral changes. The vet gave Frito a cortisone shot along with a muscle relaxer and asked that we continue the Rimadyl. Since then, Frito has been fine, and we think the Rimadyl is actually helping at this point."

Breed: Mixed terrier (male, "Frito")
Age: 14
Reason for Rimadyl rx: Arthritis in back legs
Dog's weight and dosage taken: 17 lbs 25mg 2x day
When reaction occurred following initial dose: After third dose
Symptoms: Disoriented, paranoid and scared of owners
Date of episode: 1/06/2000
Did vet seem informed & inform you about side effects?: Vet did liver test and said to watch for vomiting, diarhhea or tarry stool. Did not mention watching for behavioral conditions
Dog's current condition: Still a bit disoriented and scared
Remarks on Dog's Rimadyl Experience: "As soon as we noticed the change in the dog's behavior (about 8 hours after the third dose), we took him off the medication immediately. I'll be contacting the vet tomorrow, but after reading of the negative effects others have had with this medication, I am not likely to continue its use at all."
rmclin@visto.com


1/6/00 -- Rimadyl "Gave us back our dog...." Says Grateful Family
Breed:
Old English Sheepdog (male, "TJ")
Age: 10 years
Reason for Rimadyl rx: Arthritis, hip dysplasia, limping
Dog's weight and dosage taken: 84lbs. 75mg. 1 and 1/2 pills daily
Did your vet warn you about side effects?: Yes, as with any drug there are possible side effects
How has your dog benefited from Rimadyl? "For the last couple of years my husband and I have watched our dog deteriorate greatly. His back end became weaker and weaker to the point where he would just fall and could no longer jump or walk up the stairs. We kind of prepared ourselves for the inevitable that maybe it was time to consider having him put down, since he did not seem to be getting any better, he was getting worse. About 4 months ago our vet prescribed Rimadyl and at this point in our dogs life he was limping badly. We started him off on a dosage of 75mg. twice daily, and within 48 hours he was walking with no limp. By the end of the first week we noticed a big improvement in him, and by the end of the first month, we had a ten year old puppy !!! After the first month, we lowered his dosage to 1 and 1/2 pills a day and he is bouncing off our walls, jumping on our furniture, and running our backyard like a race horse. Rimadyl gave us back our dog. He has shown no side effects from this drug. He will be 11 years old this year, and he is happy. We can't believe the difference this drug has made in his life, it's nice to see him having an interest in wanting to play and run again. We are both firm believers in Rimadyl, especially after witnessing the improvement it has made in our dog. As with any drug there are side effects, but, it's a chance you have to take. If you love your animal enough, don't they deserve that chance. Rimadyl saved my husband and I the heartbreaking experience of having to say "goodbye" to the only thing that will ever love us unconditionally."
tricher@lara.on.ca


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