Carprofen is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug (NSAID) which may be used for the treatment of inflammation in pets. It is typically prescribed to treat arthritis and hip dysplasia. Carprofen is often given to dogs for post-operative pain and inflammation. It is generally not recommended for use in cats, as other NSAIDs have been more extensively studied.
How It Works
NSAIDs work by reducing the enzyme COX-2. COX-2 is involved in the formation of prostaglandins which cause swelling and inflammation. Reduction of these factors reduce the pain and inflammation your pet experiences.
Store in a tightly sealed container. Read the storage instructions on the drug label as some forms may need to be refrigerated.
If you miss a dose, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Carprofen may result in these side effects:
- Loss of Appetite
- Black, tarry stools
- Abdominal pain
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Ulceration of the digestive tract
Carprofen may react with these drugs:
- Other NSAIDs
- Other drugs that may cause ulceration of the digestive tract
USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO CATS - Use with extreme caution and only with the recommendation of an experienced veterinarian. Rimadyl® is not labeled for use in cats and has not been extensively researched.
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PETS WITH KIDNEY OR LIVER DISEASE
Use of Carprofen in animals under 6 weeks, pregnant, or lactating pets has not been extensively researched.