Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:40 am Post subject: Limping Dog & Paracetamol
Rolo has knocked himself again (for a change) and has a slight limp.
Is it safe to give him 1/2 a paracetamol? there is so much conflicting information on here and on the web that i dont know what to do!
Is there any over the counter anti inflammatorys i.e rymadyl etc available?
I thought of taking him to the vets but he is limping the same as last time and they just gave him some rymadyl and told us to cut down his walks.
Maybe I am overly cautious - but I never give my dogs anything medicinal unless prescribed by the vets (with the exception of Benilyn which I always keep to hand in case of KC) - 99% of coughs in our house are usually scratched throats from chewing something they shouldn't - so I always try honey (usually successfully) first.
If you are not overly concerned, then rest him for a while and see how he is.
There are OTC herbal products from companies such as Dorwest Herbs - but they are generally a back up measure once I've clarified with the vet there is nothing more sinister lurking.
We gave Indy, on vet advice, a very small amount of infant Calpol (something like 100mg) when she was around 12 weeks and was teething but had also had her microchip done and was exceedingly grumpy. It worked to cheer her up and she was able to have a good sleep.
I would agree with the others, in that you should only give Rolo Paracetamol if you really think he needs it, i.e. would a day of rest be better? Is he in a lot of obvious pain? You say your vet told you to do x last time this happened, but would it be worth seeking a vet opinion again just in case?
Much as it pains me to line the vets pocket hand over fist, I always take the cats/dog to the vet if I think they need medication. It's so easy to inadvertently give them something thinking you're helping when in fact it might not be safe at all..... particularly when it comes to calculating the correct doseage of things, best left to the experts IMO.
I have in the past given Paracetamol to my dog and honestly felt it was no worse to do so than it was to give her a Rimadyl. In fact knowing the effects Rimadyl "can" have, it was probably less of a risk.
That said, I would never tell anyone it was SAFE to give a dog any medication, whether that was prescribed by a vet or not, as there is always the possibility of side effects with anything.
As John said though, NEVER give them to cats, as they are toxic to them.
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I gave Diesel half a paracetamol after splitting the pads on 3 of his legs.
It was the worst thing i could have done for him.
He became drowsy and very lethargic, he wouldn't even get up to get a drink. His eyes were glazed over and he looked in a bad way.
I rang the vet and got more than a telling off from him over it.
Each dog can react differently but after reading posts on the net about it having a toxic effect on the liver i vowed never to do it again.
Paracetamol is a very toxic drug, even for humans. I am always very aware of that when using it, even though I find it a good painkiller.
Personally, I would not give it to my dogs without first consulting the vet. I have heard it can be toxic to them. I would not have a clue how to calculate the dose myself either.
Can't you get Metacam or Rimadyl for occasional use if he limps? At least they are licensed for use in dogs, whereas I suspect paracetamol may not be. Has the cause of the limp been properly investigated.
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