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Although in dogs oral absorption can be very low and sustained-release oral products have been shown to have highly variable absorption rates, oral products can be tried for palliative care. One recommendation is: In dogs, the starting oral dose of regular morphine is 1 mg/kg PO q4-6h. For Maggie this would be 34 mg...
According to the veterinary formula, side effects to monitor for state:
At usual doses, the primary concern is the effect the opioids have on respiratory function. Decreased tidal volume, depressed cough reflex, and the drying of respiratory secretions may all have a detrimental effect on a susceptible patient. Panting is often seen in dogs after morphine administration.
Gastrointestinal effects may include: nausea, vomiting, and decreased intestinal peristalsis (motility). Dogs may defecate after an initial dose of morphine, but this is not usually seen when used post-operatively.
The CNS effects of morphine are dose and species specific. Animals that are stimulated by morphine may elucidate changes in behavior (e.g., 'morphine mania' in cats, increased locomotor activity in horses, etc.), appear restless and, at very high doses, have convulsions. The CNS depressant effects seen in dogs may encumber the abilities of working animals.
Body temperature changes may be seen. Cattle, goats, horses, and cats may exhibit signs of hyperthermia, while rabbits and dogs may develop hypothermia.