What does carprofen for dogs treat? Carprofen was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the relief of pain and inflammation in dogs and is shown to be clinically effective for the relief of signs associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Carprofen is a non-narcotic NSAID with both analgesic and antipyretic properties.
Why was carprofen taken off the market? Rimadyl — generically carprofen — is an anti-inflammatory medicine. Developer Roche Laboratories expected to market it for people in 1988 and received FDA approval, but shelved the plan after concluding the market for such drugs was too crowded.
Is carprofen for dogs safe? If your dog is experiencing pain and inflammation, your veterinarian may prescribe carprofen. This common dog medication works in a similar way to human medications like ibuprofen, but is safe for dogs (unlike ibuprofen and many other human drugs).
How much carprofen can a dog take? The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb (4.4 mg/kg) of body weight daily. The total daily dose may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb (2.2 mg/kg) twice daily.