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my 10 year old smooth hair patterdale terrier has jarred his

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my 10 year old smooth hair patterdale terrier has jarred his right hind leg jumping off our armchair arm and is struggling to climb our stairs . are there any safe pain relief medicines we can give him.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

Generally, over-the-counter pain medicines are best avoided in dogs,

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but there are some circumstances where using them is unavoidable.

Dr. Drew :

Many vets suggest aspirin, but the side effects can include serious digestive irritation or ulcers, even after just one dose.

Dr. Drew :

I prefer to suggest acetaminophen / paracetamol, dosed at 5mg per pound / 10mg per kg, every 12 hours,

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this is generally well tolerated and can help reduce minor pain.

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if overdosed there is a risk of liver damage, but at correct doses the risks are rather low.

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another benefit is that this will not interfere with prescription medicines that may be prescribed when you see your veterinarian,

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whereas aspirin can prevent the use of some prescription anti-inflammatories for many days.

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