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Can I give my dog (Beagle) aspirin, tylenol, diazipam. or ...

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Can I give my dog (Beagle) aspirin, tylenol, diazipam. or any other pain medication or muscle relaxer? He has had both knees (back legs), replaced. He is over-weight because he cannot be as active as he once was and joint inflamation on his shoulders and legs are painful to him.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Hi Blaster,

Do not give your dog tylenol, motrin or advil. You might want to try glucosamine chondroitin (a supplement) and see if that helps him along with deramaxx. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/glucosamine-and-chondroitin-cosequin/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/deracoxib-deramaxx/page1.aspx

Buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5-10 mg per pound every 12 hours for pain. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. Read side effects and precautions here.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin/page1.aspx

Aspirin can not be used full time so you will need to see the vet and ask about deramaxx for your boy. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Can I give him diazipam? How about any people painkillers such as hydrocodone and such?
Yhanks,
Steven
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Blaster,

No prescription drug should be given without consulting your vet. Many drugs can have an adverse reaction on the organs and require frequent bloodwork to monitor the dogs functions to ensure no damage is being done by the medication.   Diazepam is a sedative.   You can read about usage, precautions and dosage here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diazepam-valium/page1.aspx

Hydrocodone is normally used as a cough supressent in dogs.   You can read about usage, precautions and dosage here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/hydrocodone/page1.aspx

Your best solution would be to call your vet and have him prescribe an anti-inflammatory pain reliever such a deramaxx, rimadyl or metacam for your boy. You might want to try glucosamine chondroitin (a supplement) and see if that helps him as well. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/glucosamine-and-chondroitin-cosequin/page1.aspx
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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
My wife and I both have scipts for diazipam. The vet has prescibed tramadol and another medicine that seems close to diazipam. I do not remember the name. It was ____pam. Anyway we plan on taking him to the vet next month. We have to save for this. We have four dogs, 2beagles, a miniture dachsund and an Australian sheep dog. When we take them in for their annual physical and and shots we usually address health issues at this time unless it's important. Since Remington. the male beagle has had this surgury, at Texas A&M Vet school, he has whanted to run alot fo test including blood screens which run us $200 each. Money is a little tight but, we will do nothing that will hurt the dogs. I do hate to see him suffer although he is very brave about it.
Thanks,
Steven
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Blaster,

I'm glad to hear that your dogs get such good care. It is obvious that you care about your dogs. Your vet runs the bloodwork to monitor his organ functions. You may want to check into the care credit plan.
Care Credit http://www.carecredit.com Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.

Here are some other organizations that may come in handy if you are ever faced with an emergency situation.
Help-A-Pet   http://www.help-a-pet.org This group helps low income families with vet care.

IMOM http://www.imom.org   This organization help people with emergency medical care in some cases.

American Animal Hospital Association
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home/
Helps animals that have been abandoned or if the owner is having financial hardships

Angels 4 Animals http://www.Angels4Animals.org
This organization offers financial aid or treatment to those pets and owners in need.

God's Creatures Ministry
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html
Help pay Vet bills for those that need help

The Pet Fund http://thepetfund.com/
Helps provide emergency vet care to those in need.