Dangers of NSAIDS and Rimadyl for Limping Bulldog

We recently acquired another bulldog after losing ours this summer.  My hairdresser told me about a girl in her shop that wanted to find a good home for her bulldog since they felt they didn’t have enough time to devote to the dog.  “Lola” is one and half years old and a wonderful bulldog.  She is very healthy.

She takes these spirts and runs as fast as she can around the house – – but after doing so she started limping.  My husband and I felt she had probably pulled a muscle.  The vet gave her Rimadyl which is an anti-inflammatory.

Have you ever had any dealings with this drug? Has this ever happened to any of your bulldogs?? Lola has been very healthy and I was very hesitant to give her any drugs.  I don’t know whether it was simply coincidence or not but after a few days of this drug she broke out in hives.

The vet said they have never had any allergic reaction from this drug before.  In our area of Ohio, ragweed is extremely high right now and a lot of dogs are experiencing symptoms from that.  Her belly has been broken out and very pink.  What do you think??


Hi Marcia,

I’d take her off the Rimadyl immediately!!!!!

My bulldog Vivy almost died after being given a Rimadyl
shot.  Most of the reactions are gastrointestinal and can
be fatal but hives is one of them.

Rimadyl side effects include loss of appetite, wobbling, vomiting, seizures, dark or tarry stools, increased thirst and urination, lethargy, incoordination, behavioral changes, and severe liver malfunction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to this medication can include facial swelling, hives and rash.
Pfizer manufactures Rimadyl

Here’s a couple links to more information:

In fact, nsaid anti-inflammatory drugs in general have
similar side effects.

Rest should help her if she has a pulled muscle.  If she
has a torn ligament she should have it corrected sugically
for the best result.

your bulldog pal,



  1. February 10th, 2009 | 10:29 pm

    Its’ so new for me! Thanx!

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