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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 11 yr old husky beagle mix is having pain. I do not like

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My 11 yr old husky beagle mix is having pain. I do not like our urgent care and my vet is closed. Can I give her a benzodiazepene?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, but a benzodiazepine doesn't provide Missy with analgesia. The only two safe analgesics available over the counter are aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food every 12 hours or acetaminophen dosed at 7 mg/lb thrice daily. You must avoid both ibuprofen and naproxen - both of which are toxic to dogs. From where do you suspect Missy's pain to be originating?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Either abdominal or musculoskeletal. She groans while trying to find a comfortable position. I palpated her abdomen and felt nothing irregular, nor did she complain. She is eating and drinking, voiding and defecating, but her abdomen looks larger and she has trouble getting up.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. Either of the analgesics are safe when addressing musculoskeletal pain. I would avoid aspirin, however, if gastrointestinal pain is suspected. If her abdomen is truly distended, my concerns are then organomegaly - an enlarged liver and/or spleen, mainly - excessive gas formation in the GI tract, and an abdominal effusion - a collection of fluid within the abdominal cavity. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am leaning more to skeletal as the first manifestation two days ago was difficulty with the steps. I have not listened to her bowel sounds so I will do that and get her to our vet Monday. Thank you for their pain relief dosing. I will continue to monitor her.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I agree with you. You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.