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My dog Hercules, an 80 pound boxer is having pain in

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Hello, my dog Hercules, an 80 pound boxer is having pain in his hips. My vet appt isn't until Mon and they are closed. Can I give him Motrin? I remember it being given to my spaniel when he had back issues.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear about this concern. I will wait for your reply with a hello so I know we are connected. Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I've been reading that buffered aspirin is ok too. What do you suggest for relief until Mon?
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Not a problem at all. May actually be easier and quicker for us. I am not a ibuprofen fan in pets. In fact, really most of the over the counter pain medications or anti-inflammatories can cause stomach distress and are not that effective, depending on the level of injury.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. If available, buffered aspirin, with the enteric coating, can help as well. 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***So, I really vote for a vet visit with a different vet to get a better anti-inflammatory therapy. Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
So, technically, at 80 pounds, that's a dose of 800mg of aspirin. I would probably suggest not doing more than 2 tablets of aspirin and give with a full meal. But, ideally, a vet visit ASAP. Hope that info helps Dr. Andy