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could Roxy be allergic to Rimadyl?

not only does my sweet girl have a sore leg, she is scratching and chewing herself everywhere nonstop. it got so bad last night, that i rolled her over on her back and was looking for fleas, none. the only thing different she has been doing is taking the Rimadyl. do you think it could be that?
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Probably not a good time to stop the rimadyl to find out if she stops scratching so much, huh? Maybe you should call your vet and ask for something different?
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She could be having a slight allergic reaction. I found this website and it shows one of the slight reactions of itching. I would take her off and call the vet in the morning as and ask for something else. Here is the website http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylgdog.html

But dont freak about everything you read on there, if she was going to have any of the other side effects I think they would already show up. Bama was more itchy on it when he hurt his foot. Give her a hug from the boys and me.

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She could be having a slight allergic reaction. I found this website and it shows one of the slight reactions of itching. I would take her off and call the vet in the morning as and ask for something else. Here is the website http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylgdog.html

But dont freak about everything you read on there, if she was going to have any of the other side effects I think they would already show up. Bama was more itchy on it when he hurt his foot. Give her a hug from the boys and me.
thanks Carol, Roxy is done with Rimadyl. i think if it was a simple strain/sprain, the NSAID and heating pad would have helped by now, i have to work Friday and Saturday night, i think Roxy will be getting an Xray on Monday.
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I AM SCARED OF RIMADYL. FROM ALL I HAVE BEEN ABLWE TO READ, IT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS OF THE NSAIDs. MY VET DOESN'T EVEN PRESRIBEIT. DOES CARRY IT FOR WINTER TEXAS WHO COME DOWN HERE WITH SENIOR DOGS ON IT, BUT HE DOES NOT PRESCRIBE IT. ALL NSAIDs ARE DANGEROUS, BUT THIS ONE HIS KILLED MORE DOGS. JEAN TOWNSOUND STARTED YAHOO GROUP DOG HEALTH2 AGTER LOSING HER CHOCOLATE LAB, GEORGE, TO IT SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I HAVE READ MANY STORIES ON THERE OF BAD REACTIONS TO ALL NSAIDs, BUT MORE WERE ABOUT RIMADYL THAN ANY OTHER.

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G was on Rimadyl for his last 2 years - My vet checked him every 3 months for any Liver side effects - It absolutely changed his life for the better, no question....He was starting to moan a lot and move pretty slow, and literally was like a new dog after a few weeks on the Rimadyl - like any drug, has to be monitored.....

It really was a major difference....

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If you're concerned, talk to the Vet. Sometimes dogs DO have reactions to medications that aren't "routine". I'm sure anybody/any dog can be allergic to anything. Every dog is an individual.

There are other medications you can use. NSAIDs can have some serious side effects, yet can be life savers for many dogs.

Rimadyl was found to be deadly for black Labs, specifically. Labs in general don't do well with it. Other dogs vary...some do great for years, some do poorly after one dose.

It's not often prescribed for Newfs either .... but then again, I know some who have used it very successfully.

Metacam is one of the "safer" and better tolerated of the NSAIDs. There's also a newer one that works quite well....Zubrin.

Keep an eye out for ANY stomach upset, diarrhea, bloody bowel movements, lethargy, refusal to eat...they're danger signs. Stop the meds immediately and call the Vet.

I'd stop the Rimadyl right away if she's scratching since she started it...call the Vet...and try something else.

Here's an FDA page you should read (I've got it saved...but Zubrin isn't there yet). The dangers of NSAIDs...just for your "knowledge bank". Good to know, but doesn't mean never to try them, if necessary. I try to stay away from them, but sometimes I have used them for brief periods.

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Rimadyl is a wonder drug for some dogs, giving them back their quality of life, and it's a threat for other dogs. The same is true of all the NSAIDS. Most, but not all, real serious reactions to rimadyl have been reported in labs. Deramaxx, when it first came out, was supposed to be less liver toxic than rimadyl but it turns out their about the same. Metacam seems to work for some dogs only when given in conjunction with another NSAID, so you can use a lower dose of the other ones. For other dogs, it works great by itself. Of course, the vet should monitor liver enzymes routinely when dogs are on NSAIDS.
I think a big part of it depends on the dog's age. My 11 year old male is taking Rimadyl daily now, with (so far) no bad effects on his liver enzyme. We watch him carefully with it because he tends to have an elevated ALT anyway. When he started taking it, he became a puppy again. It was as if I had taken away 5 years of aging.
Will he live a shorter life because of it? Maybe. But he will chase tennis balls and roughhouse and run after squirrels every day of that life. Before the rimadyl, he laid on the sofa most of the day and had a hard time getting up on slippery floors. So to me, it's worth the rimadyl. I can't let my dog suffer in pain just because I want him around longer. But again, he's an older dog and each situation is different.



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My Max was allergic to Rimadyl. He chewed his front legs raw and my old vet just said to put socks on him!!!! We reduced the dosage greatly and he was fine.


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