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    I can't seem to find any studies online about long-term use of Rimadyl. I've heard it can be rough on the kidneys. Casey has been on it about 8 weeks now and I need to call for another refill and just wondering if there are other pain meds that are less stressful to the kidneys, or is Rimadyl okay for the long haul?
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    Good question. I didn't think it was meant for long term use, and there can be serious side effects.

    When Geordie was diagnosed with SM, and his Omeprazole no longer gave him enough relief, I talked to the vet. We decided that because Geordie has had a sensitive digestive system for several weeks earlier this year, we would give him Gabapentin instead of Rimadyl or Metacam. I sometimes give him a small dose of Metacam in addition to the Gabapentin if he needs a little more help, but this is no more than once a week usually.
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    As I understand it, Gabapentin is for neurological pain, Rimadyl definitely is a pain killer/anti-inflammatory. I was advised to put Dylan back on Rimadyl but I'd heard bad things about it. I was told by my neurologist, all these drugs can give side effects and some dogs have to continue with Rimadyl long term. I was surprised it didn't upset Dylan sensitive tummy. Instead of starting Rimadyl again, with permission from his neuro, I upped his Gabapentin. I am not sure but I think the Rimadyl made him slightly uncoordinated. He slipped on my wooden floors when he was fine before. He still can't always jump up on my bed.
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    Personally I don't like the use of Rimadyl for long term management of pain, I don't have any studies to link to, just basing this on what I've heard from others and personal experience.

    I have to use Metacam for Rupert for long term use, and feel this is a better option.

    Rimadyl should not be used in conjunction with corticosteroid hormones such as prednisolone.

    more info about Rimadyl here http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_rimadyl.html

    If you are concerned, then talk to your vet. Obviously a dog cannot be left suffering in pain - quality of life is the most important thing.


    Whenever they are on long term medication, you should be looking at doing bloodwork at approx 6 month intervals to check for any problems.
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    Some problems reported here
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    Yes I read that one Claire, it put me off.
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    Spoke to my vet, and he said that they will want to do a blood panel every 6 months, which will be in Jan.

    He also suggested finding the minimal dosage we could while keeping pain in check. I am now giving her a 25mg chewable twice a day. I'm going to try giving 1 full in the morning, and 1/2 at night and see if the pain is still under control.

    I have noticed, however, that if I forget to give her a pill, the scratching starts up again...so we'll experiment a little and see what happens. It is costing about $50/ month for the pills.
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    My vet prescribed Rymadyl before diagnosis of sm for what we thought was joint pain, I didn't like the sound of the side affects and asked him to prescribe Previcox instead as it seemed less aggresive. Molly was running around like a puppy after only one day.
    The vet said it was a more recent drug and didn't have a problem with it.
    I am not sure if this information is of any use but it might be worth exploring.

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