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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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My dogs back leg has gone she is in agony im on pip but can

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My dogs back leg has gone she is in agony im on pip but can not afford vet bills
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did the dog's bill start hurting?
Customer: Her legs started hurting last night
JA: Is she taking any medications?
Customer: No
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** 9 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Hazel?
Customer: I dont think so
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

Please clarify "...back leg has gone" for me.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
back leg has gone can not move
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

If Hazel's leg is paralyzed, there's a good chance that it's also numb. If not, as for over the counter analgesia, caretakers are constrained to aspirin (Bayer, generics) dosed at 22 mg per kg of bodyweight with food at 12-hour intervals or paracetamol which can be dosed at 15 mg per kg of bodyweight thrice daily but isn’t anti-inflammatory as is aspirin. You can give aspirin and paracetamol concurrently which should provide better analgesia than either drug alone. When giving paracetamol for longer than 5 consecutive days it's best to reduce the dose to 11 mg/kg of bodyweight twice daily. You must avoid the toxic ibuprofen and naproxen in dogs.

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