Side effects of NSAIDs

Updated 02 September 2022
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Written by Guy Blaskey

Side effects of Metacam (Meloxicam) and Rimadyl (Carprofen)


NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Metacam (Meloxicam) and Rimadyl (Carprofen) are unfortunately the first choice of many traditional vets. However, the possible side effects of Metacam and Rimadyl are often not made clear by the vets.

The side effects of NSAIDs such as Metacam and Rimadyl include:

  • Kindey/ renal failure
  • Liver failure
  • Ulcers
  • Appetite (increase or decrease)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea/ bloody stools
  • Behavioural changes (aggression, seizure, coordination, activity levels)
  • Skin (redness, scabs, scratching)
  • Urination (change in colour/ smell/ frequency)
  • Aneamia (manifested as pale gums)
  • Jaundice (yellowing of gums, skin and whites of eyes)
  • DEATH*
*Because the FDA was flooded with so many complaints about the side effects of Rimadyl and the adverse reactions that dogs had to it Pfizer (the makers of Rimadyl) now have a legal requirement to list death as a possible side effect.


Hydrotherapy encourages the full range of joint movement in your dog in reduced weight conditions.

This lessens the impact of the movement on the joints, whilst ensuring that the joints are moving correctly.

Nutritional Supplements:

Supplements including glucosamine, omega oils, MSM and many more, provide the nutrition that the dog’s joints need to function correctly. These can ensure long-term joint health in a palatable nutritional supplement for dogs, which is added to a dog’s regular food.

Supplements can, in many cases be used instead of NSAIDS, or if your dogs is already on Metacam/ Rimadyl you can introduce supplements and reduce the dosage of Metacam/ Rimadyl.

These two remedies also help to support joints, as opposed to NSAIDs, which simply limit the pain experienced by the dog. Other alternatives to Metacam and Rimadyl include magnotherapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments.


What customers say about Mobile Bones - Joint supplement for dogs

Missi suffered with the side effects of Metacam and came very close to dying.

"Mobile Bones has given Missi a new lease of life, she is also blind, but like a puppy and I treasure each day I have with her, and its down to the Mobile Bones."


Wilfie, a collie cross would lie down and cry if he walked more than 5-10 minutes. His owner is a vet and comments on the effectiveness of supplements:

"After a week on Mobile Bones I stopped his Rimadyl”




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