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1) Has Taylor had any x-rays performed of his back and hips recently? 2) On any medications? 3) Are you seeing difficulty walking? Squatting to urinate or defecate? Refusal to use stairs?
Ideally, we'd like to see Taylor first have some hip and back x-rays. Chances are he's developed some arthritis over the years.If he has not already been started on a joint supplement, it's time. This is my favorite one for small breed dogs. It takes a few weeks of daily dosing to see the most benefit: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Glyco+Flex+Soft+Chews-prod10819.htmlAs well, if you're using aspirin, be sure you're using the right dosage for him. He's a tiny tot, so it doesn't take much to overdose. Dosage here: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/It would be ideal to have him on a canine-safe NSAID instead of just pain medication, but that would require an exam and prescription. Something like rimadyl, deramaxx, meloxicam, etc.Dosages for, make sure not to overdose these too.Gabapentin: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Gabapentin-prod11172.htmlTramadol: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Tramadol-prod11064.html
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Do not give any ibuprofen or acetaminophen. To help with inflammation, aspirin is the best thing you can give OTC.
Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are both medications known to be toxic to dogs. If you had to chose to give something, aspirin is much safer.Herbal medication would also be another option, as well as massage. More info here: http://allnaturalpetcare.com/blog/2012/01/20/muscular-sprains-strains-and-spasms-natural-treatment-for-pets_dogs_cats_horse/