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OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

What sort of OTC pain meds (Tyelenol, Advil, etc.) can I give Dieter? We were at a friend's lake house this weekend and D did more running in 2 days than I think he's done in his whole life running the ATV trails with us.

Now, he's limping a little bit and is very slow going up/down stairs. I'm thinking he's just very very sore (think couch potato to running a marathon without any training...ouch!), but I did check him over carefully. He didn't cry or whimper when I touched/pushed/massaged his leg and shoulder muscles, so I'm not too worried about something more serious. If the lameness continues for a few more days, we'll be heading to the vet.

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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

You can give chewable children's aspirin (NOT Tyelenol or Advil). Hopefully someone will chime in with the appropriate dosage.
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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

http://www.placervillevet.com/aspirin.htm

Aspirin is ok for dogs, but not for cats. To reduce stomach irritation, use buffered aspirin or give aspirin at mealtime. For chronic arthritis pain, we have prescription drugs that are much safer and far more effective. Giving your dog aspirin more often than twice a week is a probably a bad idea.

Use 5 grain (325 mg) aspirin tablets.

A 60 to 80 lb dog may be given one tablet twice a day (every 12 hours) or 1/2 tablet three times a day (every eight hours). A 30 to 40 lb dog gets half as much; a 15 to 20 lb dog a quarter as much.


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any other otc nsaid is basically dangerous for dogs. Ibuprofen is toxic.

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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

Fantastic! We have some plain aspirin at home (325mg tabs). D is ~90-95lbs, so he'll get 1 tab/day as needed.

thanks!!

(that's the same site I found when googling, but wanted to ask the experts just to be safe )

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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

Unless Deiter is in a lot of pain then you need to take him to the doctor. I am sorta old school when it comes to some pain with my dogs. If they have a sore muscle then I want some pain there to help limit their activity. There are some natural anti-inflamatory things that will help, the pain is usually a result of inflammation caused by the strain or tear.

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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

I just wanted to reinforce what Angela said:

Human Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories Drugs (NSAIDs) are TOXIC to dogs --

Aleve, Motrin, Nuprin. So is Tylenol. All TOXIC

If this is a recent injury, you can (and should) ice the injury -- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
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Originally Posted By: Wisc.TigerUnless Deiter is in a lot of pain then you need to take him to the doctor. I am sorta old school when it comes to some pain with my dogs. If they have a sore muscle then I want some pain there to help limit their activity. There are some natural anti-inflamatory things that will help, the pain is usually a result of inflammation caused by the strain or tear.

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of course! it stinks because our house has so many stairs, but we are limiting activity as much as possible (potty breaks in the front yard instead of the back to avoid the steps ) D just has such a high pain tolerance that I don't trust him to limit himself. This is the dog who tried to start chewing on a bone after he got home from getting a canine extracted!!

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Originally Posted By: 3K9MomI just wanted to reinforce what Angela said:

Human Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories Drugs (NSAIDs) are TOXIC to dogs --

Aleve, Motrin, Nuprin. So is Tylenol. All TOXIC

If this is a recent injury, you can (and should) ice the injury -- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
yup, did the icing thing on sunday when we got home. he did NOT enjoy that one and kept giving me the sad, "mom, why are you doing this?" eyes.

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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

Isn't Rimadyl (Spelling?) a NSAID ?

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Re: OTC Pain Meds for Muscle Pain?

Rimadyl is an NSAID that has been tested on dogs and is safe for MOST dogs.

But even Rimadyl isn't perfectly safe for all dogs. Some dogs have extremely severe reactions.

That said, NSAIDs aren't all alike. There are numerous NSAIDs for humans -- some human NSAIDs like Vioxx and Celebrex were pulled from the market (although Celebrex is being prescribed again).

There are other veterinary NSAIDs such as Deramaxx, Metacam, Previcox, and a couple others.

These all are different formulas and they all work differently. Some bodies can tolerate one and not the other. And we can not and should not assume cross-tolerance (from one species to another). And we need to be careful when introducing a new drug to our dogs...and for that matter, to ourselves.
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