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Old 03-16-2009, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default how long until Rimadyl takes effect?

Actually, it's a generic form, but that shouldn't make much difference, right? How long before I see the benefits? My dog has been on a 1/2 dose for 10 days now, and I don't think I'm seeing any changes.

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Old 03-16-2009, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The few times that Rocky took it you noticed within an hour or so but he was also given the dose prescribed. Sorry cant be much help
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Default Re: how long until Rimadyl takes effect?

Kaiser gets rimadyl occasionally for an arthritic shoulder and we've used it short term in the past for various other injuries. Usually they're feeling better within 30-60 minutes. Definitely shouldn't take days to have an effect.
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Yes, very quick acting, just like a human taking Aleve for muscle aches.

If there is no difference in his pain or discomfort level could something else be going on?
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How much does the dog weigh & how much do you mean by 1/2 a dose. Rocky was taking 125 mg. daily & it worked wonders, probably within a few days. He used to get up very stiffly, with the meds you could see how much easier he could move. He probably got relief before a few days, but that's when I really remember seeing a significant change

I had to order 100 & 25 mgs sizes because of his size, 120 lbs.

Also, my vet would price match, I found a site, I think it was Pet Discount, they had the best price I found, it can be very expensive, good luck.
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JD weighs 35 pounds. He is taking half of a 75 mg tablet once per day, in the morning with the end of his breakfast.

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Sounds like Rimadyl isn't what is needed.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It shouldnt take more than a few hours to work.

But beware of Rimadyl. I just buried my 6 year old beagle because of Rimadyl today. She had been on it before for invertebral disc disease but only for a few days at a time. This time the vet put her on it for 2 weeks and at a higher dose. It caused kidney and liver failure in her and they couldnt save her The vet said some dogs react to it that way.

Just watch your dog for signs of problems. I didnt know the signs were signs of liver and kidney failure until it was too late. I will never give another dog I ever have Rimadyl ever again.
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I'm so sorry laura

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Laura, I am so sorry. I have been watching JD like a hawk, and it's stories like yours that make me want to take him off NOW. I need to find something else.

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