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My French bulldog is 4 years old I think. He was a rescue.

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My French bulldog is 4 years old I think. He was a rescue. He has always been very healthy but this morning (rainy and cool outside) he was acting like he had a spasm in his back. He was walking fine when I took him out but when we came back in for about a minute he was dragging his legs and like turning it scared him as much as me. it stopped and he is playing fine. Is there anything I can give him for inflammation over the counter or to help joints that actually works. It scared me

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.

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Over the counter anti inflammatory options for dogs are quite limited,

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due to the risk of side effects,

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but in a situation where prescription medicines are not available, buffered aspirin is often suggested.

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the usual amount given is 5mg per pound of body weight, every 12 hours.

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with repeated use, there is an increasing risk of stomach ulcers,

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so it's far from ideal,.

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but it is safer than the other over-the-counter anti inflammatory medicines.

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As for joint supplements,

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my preference is Dasuquin, or the lesser version, Cosequin.

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Glyco-Flex is another good brand.

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I'd avoid the generic glucosamine products, as their purity and potency isn't verifiable.

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Dasuquin and Cosequin have lots of science behind them,

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and I trust their quality.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


is this common for it to happen like that he was playful and loving right after and like I said it was only like 1 or 2 minutes..anything I can do naturally that will help with spasms

If he's back to normal then I would say you can just monitor him for any sign of recurrence.

Glucosamine/chondroitin are "natural" products, but there's nothing specifically for any type of muscle spasm that is a "natural" product.

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Hi Gail,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Otis. How is everything going?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


he is doing fine. Im not sure what happened. Ty for following up. he has been good

Glad to hear it. I hope all continues to be well.