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My little chihuahua just "pulled a muscle" I believe in his

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My little chihuahua just "pulled a muscle" I believe in his lower back. He yelps when he twists a certain direction. Can I use Arnica to relieve the discomfort and help him heal?
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 12 months ago.

I am sorry to hear your little dog is painful. He may have a muscle pull, but it could be a pinched nerve or a bulging disc in his back.

You can use a small amount of Arnica topically, but don't let him lick it and eat the ointment. However, if the problem is deeper, in his spine or a disc, it may not help.

How much does he weigh? You could try baby aspirin, if he is eating normally but I need his weight to give you a safe dose.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
6.5 lbs. Eating and drinking normally. I believe it's 5 mg/lb?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 12 months ago.

He could take 30 mg of aspirin, which would be less than 1/2 of a baby or low dose aspirin. I would give 1/4th of a baby aspirin, with food, and if he does not vomit you can repeat that once to twice daily.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 12 months ago.

I have not heard back from you; I hope you were able to see my response.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.

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