Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Almond.
If she is in anyway dragging a limb or flipping her paw over like knuckling, that would suggest a possible spinal injury like a disc herniation.
So, I am a bit nervous this is more than just a soft tissue injury.
I cannot approve the use of valium, nor would it have much pain benefit anyway.
The only over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory I recommend in dogs (NOT CATS) is aspirin. Due to potential toxicity issues if not dosed correctly, many veterinarians do not consider Tylenol, Ibuprofen (Advil), and Aleve safe.
You can give 10mg per pound of body weight up to every 12 hours. Just remember, there are different pill sizes for aspirin, so look to see if it is regular strength or maximum strength.
Aspirin can be upsetting to the stomach
, so discontinue if any digestive upset and definitely consult a vet if not helpful. Sometimes giving some Pepcid A.C. antacid 1 hour beforehand can be helpful.
Pepcid A.C. (famotidine
) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
***Do not give aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication if your pet is already on prednisone or any other anti-inflammatory medication***
Severe stomach and intestinal ulcers can result from giving a pet aspirin, tylenol or ibuprofen when they are also on medications like Rimadyl
, Prednisone, Metecam, Zubrin, and Previcox
Definitely, get into the vet as soon as possible, or if she starts to appear very painful, an ER trip will be a must.
Very sorry to hear about Almond's injury. Vets always get nervous with doxie's since we see so many back injuries with them.
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