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I am sorry to hear Morgan is having this problem.
Has this problem happened in the past?
Has it improved throughout the day?
I would ideally recommend avoiding aspirin as it has a high risk of bleeding in dogs (regardless of the type of aspirin used).
Do you have any dog safe pain medications at home: rimadyl/carprofen, meloxicam/metacam, deramaxx, tramadol, or gabapentin?
how much does your dog weigh?
I would start with something more benign first until she is seen by the vet.
You can start with gabapentin. This would be 200mg every 12 hours at this weight.
If the vet feels an NSAID is necessary, then rimadyl/carprofen could be given at 50mg every 12 hours.
If there is no improvement with just gabapentin after 2-3 days and strict exercise restriction, she should be seen.
The Rimadyl is an anti-inflammatory/pain medication. If your dog is otherwise healthy with no problems this would be perfect to start with. It is not readily available at human pharmacies however, and this is the case with most dog safe NSAIDs. Gabapentin is readily available at human pharmacies. You can call around to see if your local pharmacy has Rimadyl (carprofen) as more and more human pharmacies are carrying pet medications.
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