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My dog pulled a neck muscle and the vet has m on steroids.

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My dog pulled a neck muscle and the vet has him on steroids. He seems to still be sore. I'd like to give him Tylenol or aspirin. Which one is best? He is a 155 pound Great Dane.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

Hello,

I am sorry to hear about Moose's problems. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

It would not be safe to give Tylenol or aspirin along with steroids; they should not be given together. You would have to stop the steroids if you try aspirin or Tylenol. Tylenol can be given a few times, but long term use can cause liver disease.

You can give things with steroids, such as the pain medication tramadol or gabepentin (both are prescription). I also sometimes use muscle relaxants like Robaxin (methocarbamol) with steroids and/or tramadol/gabapentin. The muscle relaxant Flexeril is not safe in dogs.

Let me know how he is doing and what other questions you have. Rebecca