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Is it safe to give my 76 lb dog 100mg of Rimadyl 2 x daily

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Is it safe to give my 76 lb dog 100mg of Rimadyl 2 x daily..?
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

Well, it depends.
The labeled dose for rimadyl is about 4.4mg/kg once a day. So, at 76 pounds, that would mean giving about 150mg once a day.

But, your question is if it is safe?
To answer that question, depends on your vet and recent blood testing. Generally, vets like to do at least a basic blood test to check liver enzymes and kidney values when start any type of anti-inflammatory medication. So, of course, I can't say whether it is 100% safe since I have not performed an examination or seen any type of blood testing. if it was not originally prescribed to him, I would hold off giving it until you can at least consult your vet.

But, as a general dose, 100 to 150mg once a day would be a typical dose for a 76 pound dog.

Also, some vets do still prescribe rimadyl at twice a day dosing, which is half as much but twice a day. Clinical studies indicate no advantage to giving twice a day over a higher dose once a day.

Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
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