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I am dogsitting my son"s 8 year old American bulldog. He has

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I am dogsitting my son"s 8 year old American bulldog. He has arthritis. He played a lot tonight, and is now in pain and limping. He is not sleeping well. Would it be ok to give him an Advil or Aleve?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
I am very thankful that you asked before giving either of those medications; since they are both very dangerous and toxic to dogs (just to note, they can cause stomach ulcers, perforate stomachs, and damage kidneys). Instead, as long as he is not on any other medications for his joints at all, then you can give him a low dose of buffered aspirin (with or after a bit of food to avoid stomach upset). This can be given at a dose of 5 milligrams per pound of body weight every 12 hours.
As well, if he is sore on a particular leg, you can also warm compress +/- massage the area to help soothe it for him. If you don't have a warm compress on hand, you can make a microwaveable one by filling a sock 2/3rd full with rice and popping it in the microwave for a few minutes (of course, do give it a shake afterwards to distribute the heat and make sure its not too warm before use).
I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
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Dr. B.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?