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What can I give my 60 lb dog for pain?

Updated on February 6, 2010

Dogs can suffer from diseases and ailments common to humans. Dog owners may dog proof the house and the environment to prevent accidents from happening. However, dogs, being hyperactive and inquisitive animals have the tendency to get injured. Also, dogs would suffer from debilitating pain related to arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. Treating wounds, administering treatment for stomach upset, providing the pet relief from pain are only some of the doctoring a pet owner would do for the pet. Responsible pet owners would naturally run to the vet’s if the condition of the dog is serious. Not all pet owners would consult a vet for minor injuries. Commonly, the dog will be given medications formulated for humans.

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Helping the pet

What would you do if your 60 lb German Shepherd had an accident that resulted to a deep gash on the leg? The wound have to be cleaned, the bleeding stopped. Oral or topical antibiotic is necessary to prevent infection. Dogs similar to humans will be troubled with pain too. Dogs too would need analgesics. These pain relieving drugs are also given to arthritic dogs.

Pain medications for dogs

Bactroban, Neosporin are topical antibiotics that have pain relieving properties. These antibiotics will speed up healing by preventing bacteria build up that causes pain, swelling and itching. Administering this medication on the dog can be rather challenging. The dog would naturally worry the injury site and in so doing will lick the ointment or the cream. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) formulated for humans are commonly given to dogs. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Rimadyl, and Tylenol are medications commonly found in the medicine chest. We usually reach for the aspirin bottle when we are in pain. Most pet owners believe that what is good for them will also be good for the pet. Ibuprofen is less recommended by vets as it causes more irritation on the dog’s stomach. Tylenol must never be given to the pet. This pain medication for humans can kill the dog.

Pain Medication Dosage

Pain medications given to dogs were specifically formulated for humans thus there is no dosage guidelines for dogs. A pet owner administering aspirin or ibuprofen must be aware of the risk of giving a large dose. A vet’s guidance for the proper dosage is therefore necessary. Vets can recommend off label dosage of human medications for the dog.  Common dosage of aspirin is from 5 mg to 10 mg per pound of body weight. A 60 lb dog can be given a 325 aspirin every 12 hours.

Side effects of NSAID

The rule of thumb in giving the pet these pain medications is to start small and only increase the dosage if pain relief is not attained. A too large dose, one that is more than the recommended dosage can have irreparable damage on the system of the dog. Just as in humans, aspirin can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs. Pet owners should stop giving the medication if change in behavior is noticed. Vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite are other common side effects.

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