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Truth About Rimadyl Side Effects
Dangerous & Deadly...
Review of Signs of a Potentially Life-Threatening Reaction to Rimadyl
pattern of urination, blood in the urine, sweet-smelling urine,
an overabundance of urine, urine accidents in the house
tarry stools or flecks of blood in the vomit
drowsiness, hyperactivity, restlessness, aggressiveness
stumbling, weakness or partial paralysis, full paralysis, seizures,
dizziness, loss of balance
(yellowing of the skin, mucus membranes and whites of the eyes)
Steps to Take If You Suspect Your Dog Has Had an Adverse Reaction
any of the above symptoms appear, immediately stop the drug and
take your dog to the vet. The earlier your dog gets appropriate
treatment, the better the chances of complete recovery.
the vet do a blood panel and CBC (complete blood count). This
will help your vet to determine the supportive therapy your dog
your dog seems seriously ill, and you cannot get an immediate
appointment with your vet, go to the nearest emergency veterinary
clinic. Explain that you believe your dog is having a reaction
that is typical of a dog taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drug (NSAID). If the clinic staff is unfamiliar with the potential
side effects of an NSAID like Rimadyl, have them refer to the
Rimadyl product description or package insert.
and have your veterinarian call Pfizer. The Pfizer staff veterinarians
should be able to offer guidance to your veterinarian for the
necessary tests and therapy your dog may need: Pfizer: 1-800-366-5288
If you have caught your dog's potential adverse reaction to Rimadyl
in time, it is unlikely that the outcome will be fatal. Don't
panic! However, whenever it becomes necessary to establish whether
Rimadyl was a factor in a dog's death, a necropsy must be performed.
The necropsy does NOT have to be done by a veterinarian appointed
by Pfizer; it should, in fact, be done by an impartial third party.
However, Pfizer should be advised promptly that the necropsy is
being undertaken and that they will be entitled to some, but not
all, of the tissue samples obtained.
to maintain a diary of the events leading up to your dog's suspected
adverse drug reaction. Make it as detailed as possible. Also obtain
all medical records from all sources. Your diary and these records
will be invaluable, should you decide to apply to Pfizer for reimbursement
of veterinary medical expenses.
Call and have your veterinarian call the FDA's Center for Veterinary
Medicine to report the incident. Report to the FDA either by telephone
at: 1-888-332-8387 (or 1-888-FDA-VETS) or: You may also report
an adverse drug experience using a form that is available on the
FDA website. Access to the form is at http://www.fda.gov/cvm/index/ade/adereporting.htm
Just print out the form, complete it and mail it. It is two-sided
distress of dealing with your dog's illness may make it difficult
for you to attend to the practical matters of reports, procedures,
and bureaucratic requirements. If you feel you need assistance
or guidance, please E-mail LuSwinton@aol.com.
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