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I think 12.5 year old Cuffy injured himself chasing Stormy earlier today - and now he's limping badly on his front paw. I have some Rimadyl left over from Stormy's injury - is it okay to give it to Cuffy? Or would it be wiser to take him to the vet first?

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Is there an e-vet you can call to ask?

Usually they say that he has to come in and be seen before they can offer an opinion . . . but I'll give it a try!

 

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I am so sorry. Hope Cuffy is feeling better soon. I personally would not give this medication without lab work first. Please keep us posted. :grouphug

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I've given Rimadyl in the past if one of my dogs has limp from running in the yard but I always have them checked out if it persists for more than a couple of days. Hope your boy is feeling better in no time!

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I would not give Rimadyl without the dog being seen by a veterinarian. The Rimadyl can mask the pain, and as Patricia said there should be lab work first. I hope it's nothing serious. :grouphug

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It is so hard to know what to think - I have always been speculative of Rimadyl, but my vet told me that it was very safe. When I called the other night, they didn't seem to think twice. Guess I should err on the conservative side, though it has clearly made him feel more comfortable.

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THe product insert says blood tests "should be considered."

 

-1-For short term use, -2-in a healthy dog with a known medical history, -3-without kidney or bleeding issues, I give it without immediately prior bloodwork. Stopping at once if I have any doubts about the dog's reaction. My reasoning -- and my vets' -- is that under the aforementioned circumstances, the blood panel isn't useful. It won't give you a hint as to whether your dog might be one of the few who does have a bad reaction to it.

 

The alternative is to have a dog in pain.

 

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ETA: Getting in to see a vet as soon as possible is a good idea, tho. I'm not a big advocate of medicating without doing that. A day or two, with a med you know the dog can tolerate, is reasonable. Days on end, with a med the dog has never had before -- that isn't something I'd recommend.

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