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The Doris Day Animal League magazine, "Animal Guardian", has an article on Rimadyl in the Fall, 2000 issue, page 17. You can get a free copy of this issue by going to this link:
Miracle Cure Can Be Deadly
The best-selling drug known as Rimadyl, which has enjoyed remarkable success as an anti-inflammatory medicine for pets, has been found to be deadly for some dogs, as witnessed by the FDA receiving more than 6,000 bad reaction reports about the drug manufactured by Pfizer. As a result, the FDA requested that Pfizer advise consumers in their advertising that death was a possible side effect. Pfizer refused and pulled their advertising, however they have included "death" as a possible side effect on the drug label. Plans call for a "Dear Doctor" letter to be issued to veterinarians and a safety sheet will be attached to pill packages.
Pfizer acknowledges a problem with some dog owners, especially the consumer group which mounted a campaign dubbed BARKS, for Be Aware of Rimadyl's Known Side-effects (including loss of appetite, wobbling, vomiting, seizures and severe liver malfunction). The drug company is reported to be contacting pet owners who have told their stories on the Internet, and is offering to pay medical and diagnostic expenses for some dogs who may have been harmed by Rimadyl.
Rimadyl sales continue to grow as does support from veterinarians. While the drug has proved helpful to many dogs with arthritis, it has proven deadly to some dogs. Make sure if your veterinarian prescribes Rimadyl that you thoroughly discuss the possible side effects so you can carefully monitor your dog's health. UNQUOTE
[Note: PGAA's female Golden Retriever Maddie had a very close call after using Rimadyl -- it's not a miracle drug for all pets -- be careful!!]
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