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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Can i give my dog some of my pain

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can i give my dog some of my pain medicine..morphine--hydrocodone. He is dying has cancer
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Both morphine and hydrocodone are prescribed to dogs.

One recommendation in dogs is a starting oral dose of regular morphine of 0.5 mg/lb every 4-6 hours. Sustained-release morphine is used in dogs at 1-2.5 mg/lb twice daily. The sustained release morphine should never be broken or crushed which turns it into immediate-release which can result in overdose and death.

Hydrocodone is often dosed as the fixed dose combination products with acetaminophen at 0.1 - 0.25 mg/lb (of the hydrocodone component) every 8-12 hours. Don't exceed 7 mg/lb of the acetaminophen component every 8 hrs.

These drugs are best used under the direction of his vet. What type of cancer is your dog dealing with?