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I have a RX cocker spaniel he

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I have a RX for gabapentin for my cocker spaniel he is limping on his front left leg and can not see his vet until tomorrow can I give him a capsule tonight to make him more comfortable this RX is from a vet who replaced his knee
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
Unfortunately gabapentin does not tend to be effective in an acute situation as you describe but more for chronic purposes. For example, a dog that has a cruciate tear we might give nonsteroidals such as rimadyl or metacam or even tramadol which is in the opioid class of pain medication initially to control pain.
Gabapentin can take 7-10 days to have full effect and reduce pain.
Do you have any previously prescribed pain medication for Cooper?
What is the mg of the gabapentin and how much does Cooper weigh?