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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs and Cats

 

Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/23/2014 -- Rimadyl controls pain and inflammation in dogs with osteoarthritis as well as after orthopedic and soft tissue operative procedures. Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for control of pain in dogs with osteoarthritis and after painful orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures. Rimadyl blocks the mechanisms of pain and inflammation on a molecular level.

Pet Symptoms:
Since animals are unable to verbalize their painful sensations, it is important to recognize subtle signs of pain connected with osteoarthritis and post-operative discomfort. Animals in pain display various changes of their behavior; from mild depression to severe lethargy accompanied with the loss of appetite and even aggression. Animals with painful joints are often reluctant to perform some usual everyday activities. They will sometimes display difficulties sitting, rising or squatting. Dogs experiencing pain will not be eager to exercise. They often display the stiffness after physical activity. The animals are likely to spare the limbs affected with osteoarthritis or after painful operative procedures. They can display different degrees of lameness depending on the degree of pain and/or the arthritic changes. Upon detailed examination of the dog, it becomes clear that the painful areas are often inflamed (swollen, warm, red).

Pet Ailments:
One of the most common sources of chronic pain in companion animal veterinary medicine is osteoarthritis. It is a degenerative, chronic and progressive disease of joints connected with genetic predispositions, injuries and old age. Osteoarthritis in dogs most commonly affects knees, hips, elbows and ankles.

Relative Info On Breeds Most Associated With This Ailment:
Osteoarthritis often affects large dog breeds, such as St. Bernard, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Mastiff or Rottweiler. Overweight dogs are prone to developing osteoarthritis. It is also the condition commonly expected to be diagnosed in older animals, connected with the natural process of aging.

How It Works:
Rimadyl is carprofen, a non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drug of the propionic acid class. Carprofen inhibits the Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2), enzyme responsible for the production of inflammatory mediators, prostaglandins. They are important for the development of inflammation symptoms. That way carprofen stops those symptoms from appearing.

Directions For Use:
Rimadyl requires a prescription from a licensed veterinarian. Follow the instructions available in the product label. Take into account all possible harmful and beneficial effects of this drug before deciding to administer Rimadyl tablets. If you do not understand the instructions of the label or have any further questions concerning Rimadyl,

Dosage And Administration:
Rimadyl chewable tablets are administered orally. They are flavored and usually easy to administer. Most dogs ingest them willingly when they are required. Rimadyl tablets can be given directly or sprinkled over the food. It is important to ensure that the dog ingests the complete dose.Rimadyl chewable tablets appear in three strengths: 25 mg, 75 mg and 100 mg.

The recommended dose for oral administration of Rimadyl is 2 mg/lb (4.4 mg/kg) of body weight per day. The dose can be given once a day or split into two daily administrations, 1 mg/lb (2.2 mg/kg) of body weight each. For the management of the postoperative pain, administer Rimadyl 2 hours before the surgical procedure.

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