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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Have a 13lbs poodle (senior pup); no vet available until

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Have a 13lbs poodle (senior pup); no vet available until Monday. Hind leg in pain can't settle down to rest. Can I give him ketorolac and if yes how much.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

It's best to avoid ketorolac in domestic animals. It's adverse effect profile is worrisome. The primary issue in dogs is its gastrointestinal toxicity - in particular GI ulceration. Rimadyl is a better choice but if it's not available and you haven't administered it in 24 hours, aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily is safe. Acetaminophen dosed at 7 mg/lb thrice daily is OK but isn't antiinflammatory. You must avoid both ibuprofen and naproxen which are toxic to dogs.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you doc. Appreciate your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at your convenience.