Does your dog limp, show signs of pain, or tire easily?

The pain of osteoarthritis, or OA, may affect not only how dogs function but how they feel and act too. OA is a progressive condition involving the joints in which the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones breaks down over time, making movement more difficult and causing pain.

Rimadyl is the OA pain medicine brand most trusted by vets, rated highest in satisfaction, loyalty, and support.1,2 Rimadyl helps get dogs back to their playful, lovable selves.3 

Are you missing the signs of your dog’s OA? Take a moment to fill this out—your dog may thank you!

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Early, Lasting Pain Relief Can Lead to Happier, More Active Dogs3

No one knows your dog better than you. Spotting the signs of OA early can help you get your dog’s pain treated as soon as possible. Talk to your vet about an OA screening and how treatment with Rimadyl can make a big difference.

Find Out Why Rimadyl dogs are happy dogs.

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The Home Advantage Can Go a Long Way

That’s why experts say it’s important to monitor your dog’s behavior and how they move around to help your veterinary team best manage your dog's OA pain.5,7

Why Rimadyl? A History of Trusted Pain Relief

  • Rimadyl is the OA pain medicine brand most trusted by vets, rated highest in satisfaction, loyalty, and support.1,2 Rimadyl helps get dogs back to their playful, lovable selves.3 

  • More than 3 billion doses dispensed.8

  • Over 29 million dogs treated.9

  • Over 25 years of research and innovation in OA pain. 

Rimadyl is a choice backed by confidence. It was the first FDA-approved NSAID for dogs and has been used to treat over 29 million dogs.9

Rimadyl is the #1 NSAID used by vets to provide pain control in dogs undergoing surgery.7

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Data Shows How Rimadyl Helps Keep Dogs Happy and Active

Continuous daily treatment with Rimadyl at label dose has been shown to significantly improve dogs’ functional ability and emotional wellbeing. To see how it improves both mobility and quality of life, view the study data below.3,4,10

Rimadyl Dogs Are Happy Dogs — and the Data Confirms It

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How You Help Your Dog’s OA Pain Over Time Can Make All the Difference

Rimadyl is such an effective treatment, you may see improvements in your dog’s  pain in as little as 5 days.10 You might think it’s OK to stop when you see your dog is feeling better. But OA is a painful, progressive disease, so it's important to stick with the prescribed course. Your dog's pain can worsen if you stop treatment earlier than prescribed.11

Long-term treatment can provide continuous improvement in your dog’s OA pain and mobility, so your dog can stay involved in the activities you love to do together. Studies have shown that continuous use of NSAIDs—in particular Rimadyl—over the long term has been found to be safe.10,12

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OA Treatment Requires a Comprehensive Approach

Although OA cannot be cured, if properly treated the progression can be slowed. The goals of OA treatment are to decrease pain and inflammation, resulting in:

  • Increased activity
  • Preserved muscle mass and strength
  • Regained function
  • Improved emotional well-being3

Medical treatment of OA should include weight control, exercise, and NSAIDs for an improved quality of life.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: See Prescribing Information. As a class, NSAIDS may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney and liver side effects. These are usually mild, but may be serious. Pet parents should discontinue therapy and contact their vet immediately if side effects occur. Evaluation for pre-existing conditions and regular monitoring are recommended for pets on any medication, including Rimadyl. Use with other NSAIDS or corticosteroids should be avoided.


  1. Data on File.  Zoetis Inc. Brand Equity Scorecard Chronic Pain Report, 2020-2021
  2. ZMR: 2018 Kynetec Dashboard of Brand Health - Pain
  3. Reid, J., et al.,  Measuring Chronic Pain in Osteoarthritic Dogs Treated Long-Term with Carprofen, through its Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life. In Proceedings: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, 31(S-1). 2018.
  4. Zoetis Data on File: Outcomes Research Study No. ORCAD1030.
  5. Epstein, M, et al., AAHA/AAFP pain management guidelines for dogs and cats. Journal of The American Animal Hospital Association, 51(2). 67-84, 2015. doi:10.5326/JAAHA-MS-7331 
  6. ZMR: Rimadyl US Shipping History Data 2021 Update
  7. Brakke Market Research: Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats 2019
  8. Jergler, D., What are the Benefits of Long-Term NSAIDs?, Veterinary Practice News, 2018.
  9. ZMR: Zoetis Petcare BIAHP-288 September 2020
  10. Freedom of Information Summary. [S/NADA 141-111] – [RIMADYL (Carprofen).  United States Food and Drug Administration.  2021
  11. Belshaw Z, et al. Could it be osteoarthritis? How dog owners and veterinary surgeons describe identifying canine osteoarthritis in a general practice setting. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 2020;185. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105198
  12. Autefage A, et al. Efficacy and safety of the long-term oral administration of carprofen in the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire. 2007;158(3):119-127.

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