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My papillon (11.3lbs) has a back injury, my vet prescribed

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My papillon (11.3lbs) has a back injury, my vet prescribed rimadyl 12.5 mg twice a day on Friday. He has gone downhill and has terrible pain, won't sit, lie down, or settle. cries when touched, stands and trembles. Can I use a topical pain relief rub (Zim's Max-Freeze) on his back till I can see my vet again on Monday?
Thank you, Karen
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 years ago.

Hi Karen. this is Dr. Gabby. I checked the ingredients in Zims Max Freese and it contains tea tree oil which can be toxic, and cause neurologic and kidney problems, in cats and dogs. So I would not use that.

You can use topcial Arnica cream.

But it sounds like he needs something stronger than Rimadyl. Maybe Tramadol (a mild opiate) and/or a muscle relaxer. The emergency clinics are open 24/7. You could take him in now and get something stronger than Rimadyl. If he has a herniated disc in his back he may need prednisone or cortisone as well.

I would also use an ice pack on his back 20 minutes every hour until bedtime.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?