Rimadyl Dose and Administration
Rimadyl Dosage and Administration
Rimadyl Palatable Tablets are a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that are widely used to treat dogs for a wide variety of conditions including arthritis. The active ingredient is carprofen.
Rimadyl Palatable tablets come in three tablet strengths:
- Rimadyl 20mg Tablets containing 20 mg carprofen
- Rimadyl 50mg Tablets containing 50 mg carprofen
- Rimadyl 100mg Tablets Containing 100mg carprofen
Rimadyl Palatable tablets are chewable light brown square tablets that contain flavourings to improve palatability. All three sizes of rimadyl tablets are supplied in boxes containing either 14, 30 or 100 tablets.
Rimadyl is also available in plain (non flavoured) white tablets. These rimadyl tablets are available in 20mg and 50mg tablet sizes. They come in containers of 100 x 20mg, 100 x 50mg, and 500 x 50mg.
The recommended initial oral dose rate of rimadyl is:
- Recommended Initial dose rate for dogs is 2 - 4 mg per kg body weight per day
- This can be given as a single dose or in two equally divided doses
- Subject to clinical response this dose can be reduced to the maintenance dose after 7 days
The recommended oral maintenance dose of rimadyl:
- Recommended maintenance dose rate for dogs is 2mg per kg body weight per day as a single dose
Accurate dosing of rimadyl is essential, particularly for very small dogs. Rimadyl should be used very carefully in dogs weighing less than 5 kg. It is advisable to weigh your dog before it commences therapy with rimadyl and at regular intervals during longterm treatment
Weight control and controlled exercise is key to helping your dog deal with arthritis and should be kept up alongside Rimadyl.
Rimadyl palatable tablets are tasty chewable tablets that are usually readily taken by dogs. Most dogs will eat them as a treat but they can be mixed in food to aid administration.
Rimadyl are only available on prescription from your vet. Therefore your vet should have examined your dog prior to prescribing rimadyl and will need to examine your dog at regular interval during longterm treatment with rimadyl. Your vet will advise you what dose to give.
Rimadyl tablets are scored so that they can easily be split in half to ensure accurate dosing.
Rimadyl should be stored at room temperature (not above 25°C) and in a dry place. Rimadyl should be stored securely out of reach and site of children. It is also advisable to store them out of reach of dogs. They are very palatable and some dogs have been known to chew open a carton of rimadyl. Overdosage with rimadyl can cause very serious side effects which can be potentially fatal. There is no specific antidote for overdosage.
Any unused rimadyl tablets should be discarded according to the expiry date on the carton or when therapy is discontinued.
Rimadyl Dosing Chart at Maintenance Dose of 2mg/kg per day