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    Quote Originally Posted by Squelix View Post
    The baby aspirin should be safe for the dog, it is coated so it would not upset his stomach. My vet provides me with 60 tramadol a month for my elderly pooch (once in a while I will steal a few for myself).

    @Natalie W, I would for sure have a vet check out your dog to find out why his pads are wearing off. I have never heard of that before. Good luck to you and your pal.

    Natalie W has not posted since 2008 so I don't think she will be replying and most likely has solved the problem by now! I hope

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Firebird View Post
    My dog (black lab- pound dog) went swimming with us about three weeks ago and took all the pads off of his feet in one afternoon of jumping off of rocks into the lake to chase a stick. He couldn't even walk for a couple of days, I had to carry him outside to do his business. We were pretty worried at just how bad he had messed himself up.

    Rymadyl is the approved NSAID drug for animals given by vets. It works well, we had an old dog that it really helped with the arthritis pain.

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    Yes Rimadyl is the Med for Pain in dogs...But it requires a Script and is Very Expensive....Also it is basically Vioxx which was taken off the Market for Humans...So I am sure it does have it's problems (Heart Attack)...But in my thinking I wanted my Old Dog to Enjoy the end of her life as Pain free as Possible...Who cares about a Heart Attack in a Very Old Dog that is having a Hard time walking. I would Not Recommend Rimadyl for a Younger Dog though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo1 View Post
    Natalie W has not posted since 2008 so I don't think she will be replying and most likely has solved the problem by now! I hope
    I was just wondering about this same question a day or so ago. What can i give my dog for pain relief?
    As my dog seemed to have a painful paw. So I'm glad this old thread was re-opened. But thanks for the old thread info, as I didnt realize it was so old.
    Someone should have started a new thread on this subject, I guess.221554e2386bece299 - Can you give a dog any type of over the counter pain killers? Like Tylenol or Ibuprofen?
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  3. be very careful. Kidney failure is so easy to happen to dogs. I lost my best friend due to it and it sucks to watch them die more and more everday til you get enuff courage to put them down. Only thing is baby asprin otc that I would mess with. I know people that give thier dogs melatonin to help it sleep,lol. I also came home one time with tramadol 50mg for my dog after he got hurt.

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    Old thread or new, it's a great topic.

    Our first dog had all kinds of back end problems, she was born with hip displasia, arthritis, & was also born without her balljoints.
    The specialist highly recommended not getting her hips replaced, said that large breed dogs tend to break them easily, so she was prescribed aspirin when she really needed it, which worked well when she had overdone her play.

    When we moved to Florida in her new home, she fell trying to jump onto our new bed, fell hard on her back end, & had a slight seizure. We brought her to the vet, explained what happened including the seizure, asked him to check her to see if she broke anything, instead he gave her antibiotics & 3 hours later she died. We found out by googling that it said never give these antibiotics to a dog who may have suffered seizures, so unfortunately we lost her due to poor vet care.

    Our new puppy had gotten some antibiotics from our new vet, she had an allergic reaction to them, so we were told to give her benedryl, which she had another allergic reaction to that & we had to wait 12 hours for it to wear off.

    The point I am making is that sometimes OTC meds we give them may help or hurt them, but what the vet prescribes isn't always the best thing either, so this is really a tough thread to give an answer to since all dogs have different reactions.

    This is jmo, but my advise would be to give the smallest amt. possible of any med at first to see how they react, & if they can handle it, then more can be given.

    Also, always make a note & tell your vet if something you give them, or something the vet prescribes ends up having a bad affect so it's never given again.

    Wishing all our furry loved ones a healthy & pain free life!
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  5. You can give a dog aspirin. You CANNOT give a dog tylenol. Ibprofen pretty risky too. But just because dogs can have aspirin does not mean YOUR dog can have aspirin. Number one question when medicating your dog with something that a normal healthy dog can take: is your dog's kidneys and liver functioning normally? And of course you have no way to know this without blood-work being done by a vet. As far as aspirin you also need to know that your dog doesn't have any bleeding issues and to know the signs of internal bleeding. (black tarry stools, vomiting blood, pale gums etc..)

  6. Apparently this thread is several years old and I don't have time to go back through every post, but

    NO you can't give a dog acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) never never never!

    Believe it or not a dog can take Tramadol but first thing you always need to do is CHECK WITH YOUR VET, always always always!

    If you can't afford the vet consider one of your town's low cost alternatives. Here we have something called Animal Trustees, there are other organizations everywhere.

    Your dogs really are your best friends, you're a celebrity in their eyes so please treat them accordingly
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    Lots of people have given their dogs benadryl and other types of OTC. YOur best bet- ask a vet or read an online forum that specializes in this type of thing. if you do give them something - start with a SUPER small dose.

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    I know you are not suppose to give a dog advi/motrin. I am not sure why. On the second note (a little late) my dogs have worn the pads off their feet. When it has happened I keep their feet wrapped up with klings and then an ace bandage for the first few days (and apply neosporin). Thereafter, only when they go outside, until it heals. You will be able to tell by the way the dog walks.

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    Metacam is the dog version of our Aleve.

    It's a non-steroid anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Our vet gave it to my Bailey after she was spayed, but from what I understand it is also used for joint/hip/back pain and arthritis in dogs. It appears 1800petmeds has it available without a prescription.

    Just follow the direction exactly. More won't make your pet feel better and like anything could be toxic.
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    From what I have read it turns out that veterinarians sometimes prescribe Tramadol for dogs. I'm not really sure how it effects them though. Give a local vet a call and just ask!

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    As a dog owner all my life...I never put any Human drugs in his system.He has been prescribed many different things..pain medication..No I do know there kidneys and liver cannot handle anything ours can more harm than good..Take your dog to the VET!! They and only they can help...They only are here with us for a short time we have to be careful with them Love...attention,..walks and professional care by your VET..and lots of Bones..and treats...and HUGS!!255904ea9e5a13cd5d - Can you give a dog any type of over the counter pain killers? Like Tylenol or Ibuprofen?
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    I've posted this before. My vet prescribed tramadol for my pug and my buddy's giant sized white German Shepard is prescribed Prozac and Valium.

    My pug seemed to get around better. My buddy's German Shepard isn't afraid of his shadow anymore.

    I'd never give my dogs anything without consulting my vet.
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  13. we give our dogs children's advil....seems to work....my pups sleep.

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    My parents once had a labrador who overdosed on aspirin. He sniffed out a packet from someone's bag and ate the whole lot. Not sure how many ... Fortunately, he survived - although - at one stage - the vet said it was pretty doubtful he was going to pull through. He lived a long and happy life after that - Labradors will eat anything.
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    believe it or not there are many meds that both humans and pets can take,
    prednizone
    benedryl
    tramadol
    Valium (she hated thunderstorms and pits will dig through a complete wood door -- thats how i got a new litter of pups one year HA)

    my pit was hit by a car and had her jaw wired shut for over a month, you wouldnt believe the meds the vet put her on.... i had half them at home already, so i took them into the vet to show them the dose and all, the vet wrote down the daily intake and such and it saved me over 500.00

    i would put some antiseptic cream on the bottoms of paws and get her to the vet, infection sets in fast with raw paw pads... dont wrap them as it may cause an infection to grow at a faster rate, keep the area dry and if she licks, use an Elizabeth collar to keep her from licking (or tube socks too)
    How to treat a dog's paw pad injury

    good luck

  16. It isn't the best ideally, but when my German Shepard got fixed, the medication (that cost $40 for 5 pills) was your basic NSAID (ie: advil). The important thing is factoring in their weight and size, kinda like trying to use OTC meds. on children it's not exactly the best idea, but vet offices just love to charge and arm and leg for anything, so unless you have loads of disposable income, it tends to squeeze your wallet. I have a 10 year old Golden Retriever/mutt, she weighs 'bout 70 lbs., and I give her a baby aspirin 3Xs daily. It's only 80mgs. buffered and seems to help her arthritis w/out bothering her tummy.

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    Kexessa has the right idea.Metacam is far and away the best thing for a dog suffering from pain.
    There is a generic form of Metacam available that is way less expensive.I used to help give my last dog some relief from horrid pain in his left hip.Sorry I can't remember the name of it,I'm sure you could Google it and find out.
    Good luck to you and your buddy.

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