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My dog whimpers when I pet him on his side. Can I give him aspirin for the pain?

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He is 11 years old. Name is***** weighs around 15 pounds.

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Taz. As for over the counter analgesia, caretakers are constrained to aspirin dosed at 10 mg per pound of body weight with food at 12 hour intervals or acetaminophen which can be dosed at 7 mg per pound of body weight thrice daily but isn’t antiinflammatory as is aspirin. You can give aspirin and acetaminophen concurrently which should provide better analgesia than either drug alone. When giving acetaminophen for longer than 5 consecutive days it's best to reduce the dose to 5 mg per pound of body weight twice daily. You must avoid the toxic ibuprofen and naproxen in dogs.
It isn't clear to me why Taz vocalizes when you pet him on his side but this is often consistent with back pain such as that caused by a slipped disk in these miniature dogs. Are you seeing any other worrisome clinical signs such as a change in posture, difficulty jumping up or down or navigating steps?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
He jumps up and down from the bed without pain. He also is walking just fine. When he stood up he did lift his leg up like it hurt but then jumped off the bed with no yelping.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Thank you. Please continue to monitor him for vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, ataxia (“drunken sailor”), trembling/shaking/panting (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in his back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Let's see how aspirin, acetaminophen, or both affect him for how. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thanks Doc!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

You're quite welcome.

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