Rimadyl is used for treating many different conditions including:
• Depression and anxiety disorders • Chronic pain • Epilepsy • Seizures • Stroke and other neurological diseases • Cancer • Diabetes mellitus (Type II) • Alzheimer’s disease (AD) • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) • HIV/AIDS • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Insomnia and insomnia disorders
The Benefits Of Using Rimadyl For Your Dog
There are several benefits of using rimadyl for your dog. Here are some of them:
1. Improved Mood – When used properly, rimadyl can improve mood in animals suffering from depression or anxiety disorders.
Many times when animals suffer from depression or anxiety disorders they don’t eat, drink, sleep well or even urinate. They just go through life with no energy. With rimadyl, these animals feel better and enjoy their lives more than before.
2. Increased Energy Levels – Animals suffering from depression or anxiety disorders often have low levels of energy levels which causes them to become lethargic and lose their ability to perform tasks at normal level.
With the help of rimadyl, your dog or cat will have more energy and higher levels of activity.
3. Improved Ability to Sleep – If your dog or cat suffers from sleep deprivation then the use of this drug can help them fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night.
4. Improvement in Bowel and Urinary Functions – When animals suffer severely from anxiety, they sometimes lose control of their bowel movements or their bladders.
Rimadyl can help increase the regularity of your animals bowel movements and help them urinate on a more regular basis.
5. Regulate Appetite – If your dog or cat has a poor appetite or overeats, then the use of this drug can help them to eat on a regular basis instead of binging or avoiding food all together.
6. Improved Nervous System – Animals have complex nervous systems and when they suffer from diseases such as Parkinson’s or epilepsy, this drug can help regulate the movement of their bodies and in some cases stop the tremors caused by these diseases.
7. Pain Relief – Rimadyl is in the same family as Ibuprofen (i.
e. Advil) and it works wonders on animals with chronic pain caused by injury or disease.
8. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels – Dogs and cats can suffer from diabetes and this drug has been found to regulate blood sugar levels for animals with this disease.
If your dog or cat suffers from any of the above conditions, then a veterinarian may prescribe rimadyl for your pet. It works quickly and efficiently to stop itching and scratching, increase energy levels, improve mood and much, much more.
Risks and Side Effects
While the benefits of Rimadyl seem to outweigh the risks, pets that take this drug are still at a higher risk for numerous conditions such as:
3. Decreased Appetite
4. Weight Loss
5. Liver or Kidney Damage
If your pet experiences any of the above symptoms after taking Rimadyl, it is very important that you contact your veterinarian immediately.
One of the other concerns pet owners have about giving their beloved pets Rimadyl is the cost. It can be expensive and not all pet owners can afford to give their animals this drug on a regular basis.
The average cost for a month supply of Rimadyl can range anywhere between $20 to $40 or more. While this may not seem like a lot of money to some pet owners, if your pet requires Rimadyl on a daily basis, the costs can quickly add up.
Fortunately if you have an Rx health insurance policy, many of these prescription drugs, including Rimadyl are free! Many pet owners are unaware that just like human health insurance, many pet health insurance policies cover the cost of prescription pet drugs.
If you haven’t looked into getting pet health insurance for your dog or cat, you should consider it. With costs ranging from $15 to $60 a month, depending on the type of policy you select, pet health insurance could end up saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year.
Here’s how pet health insurance works: You pay a monthly premium and in exchange, if your pet gets sick or injured, the insurance company will pay up to 100% of all medical expenses relating to the condition. The cost of Rimadyl or any other prescription drugs will be fully covered under the policy.
One last note, some pet health insurance policies do not cover preexisting conditions when you first sign up.
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