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My overweight (14 lbs.) mini-dachsy fell off my bed where she

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My overweight (14 lbs.) mini-dachsy fell off my bed where she sleeps (she's ten years old). Now she's dragging, not walking properly (although tail is wagging, she's embarassed). Might she have sprained a front leg or paw? What can I do for her? I only have human aspirin and a 5 mg. valium for humans. Should I give her something, if so how much? What do you recommend? Many thanks. It's a Friday night and too late to take her to the vet.
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Almond.
If she is in anyway dragging a limb or flipping her paw over like knuckling, that would suggest a possible spinal injury like a disc herniation.

So, I am a bit nervous this is more than just a soft tissue injury.

I cannot approve the use of valium, nor would it have much pain benefit anyway.

The only over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory I recommend in dogs (NOT CATS) is aspirin. Due to potential toxicity issues if not dosed correctly, many veterinarians do not consider Tylenol, Ibuprofen (Advil), and Aleve safe.
You can give 10mg per pound of body weight up to every 12 hours. Just remember, there are different pill sizes for aspirin, so look to see if it is regular strength or maximum strength.
Aspirin can be upsetting to the stomach, so discontinue if any digestive upset and definitely consult a vet if not helpful. Sometimes giving some Pepcid A.C. antacid 1 hour beforehand can be helpful.
Pepcid A.C. (famotidine) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.

***Do not give aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication if your pet is already on prednisone or any other anti-inflammatory medication***
Severe stomach and intestinal ulcers can result from giving a pet aspirin, tylenol or ibuprofen when they are also on medications like Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Prednisone, Metecam, Zubrin, and Previcox***

Definitely, get into the vet as soon as possible, or if she starts to appear very painful, an ER trip will be a must.

Very sorry to hear about Almond's injury. Vets always get nervous with doxie's since we see so many back injuries with them.
Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
Please remember to select Reply to Expert, if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer. DO NOT rate yet if have any other questions. My goal is to try and provide you the best answer possible.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have a 325 mg. aspirin. How much should I give Almond in terms of measuring the dose? Similarly I have 40 mg. famotidine. How should I break that up--and can I give her both the aspirin & famotidine at the same time? Re possible herniated disc, would that require an X-ray? How would I know whether to take her to vet ER (the ASPCA in San Fran) in the morning?

14 pound dog.

I would say just a flake of the famotidine. 40mg tablet? Surprised to hear that..thought highest was 20mg. Good to know.
A 1/8 of a tablet roughly would be fine.

Aspirin at 10mg per pound. So, that's roughly 140. So, you could give just a bit less than 1/2 a 325 aspirin.

Yes, you could give at the same time, although pepcid at least 30 minutes before would be good.

Yes, it would require an x-ray.

If she appears in distress in anyway...difficulty walking, panting a lot, seeming agitated..I would go in sooner for better pain control.

Hope that additional information helps. Definitely, reply to me if there is any other way I may assist you. I hope my responses have been satisfactory?
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

You mean I should take her to ER right now at 10:30 pm?


Understood re meds I have on hand.


As I said, she doesn't seem to be in pain and wagging tail.

Hi Alex,
If not in obvious pain you may be able to wait until tomorrow morning.

Yes, I mean an emergency vet visit if for any reason you suspect pain.

If she is dragging, I am suspicious for the spine, but if able to rest and sleep you could just keep her quite for the night.

Hope that additional information helps. Definitely, reply to me if there is any other way I may assist you. I hope my responses have been satisfactory?
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I'll give her meds as you suggested. She's moving a bit. Will wait till tomorrow am to see how she's doing. Should I put her in crate?

Hello Alex,
Crate...only if needed to keep her quite. Just restricting her to a small area is fine.

I will need to retire for the evening. I hope I covered everything sufficiently.

Good Luck
I will try to wait a little longer if you do need to reply again or until you rate.

Dr. Andy
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