Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteo-arthritis and for the control of post-operative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition caused by "wear and tear" of cartilage and other parts of the joints. Osteoarthritis can be treated but cannot be cured, that is why it is important to continue to treat your dog's arthritis even if he or she seems better.
Some signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are: -Limping or lameness -Decreased activity or exercise -Difficulty or reluctance to standing, climbing stairs, jumping or running -Stiffness or decreased movement of joints
As the disease progresses, there can be additional destruction of cartilage and damage to other parts of the joint, as well as production of extra bone around the joint.