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What can I give my dog toothache until she sees vet she has a bad tooth in the front

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What can I give my dog for a toothache until she sees vet she has a bad tooth in the front n she is in pain
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb twice daily with food is safe and often suffices for tooth pain. Acetaminophen is a safe alternative dosed at 7 mg/lb thrice daily but its efficacy is circumspect. You must avoid ibuprofen and naproxen - both of which are toxic to dogs. Teething medications containing benzocaine available over the counter are reasonable as well but should be kept to a minimum as some dogs might react adversely to their ingestion. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.