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Can dogs take morphine? The vet gave one of my dogs

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Can dogs take morphine? The vet gave one of my dogs something that sounded like it had morphine in it for pain, when she was mauled. I have a pit that is 13 and suffering with hip pain. With the hurricane I can't get to a vet and we are going to have to evacuate. This is going to be a very painful trip for him. I take morphine for a nerve condition I have and wanted to know if I could give him half of a 15mg ir morphine suffer tablet if he got real bad?
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

I might dose a dog with immediate-release morphine at 0.5 mg per pound of body weight every 4-6 hours. At usual doses, the primary concern with morphine is the effect that opioids have on respiratory function. Decreased tidal volume, depressed cough reflex, and the drying of respiratory secretions may all have a detrimental effect on a susceptible patient. Gastrointestinal effects may include nausea, vomiting, and decreased intestinal peristalsis. Dogs may defecate after an initial dose of morphine. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I am hoping to only give him one dose before transporting, how far in advance do you recommend giving it to him? He will be in the truck for about an hour
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

Although rapidly absorbed, bioavailability through the oral route is poor (less than 20% in dogs). That may be a plus in such an elderly dog, however, as that increases the safety margin. I would give it an hour prior to its desired effect. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Thank you, ***** ***** all I needed.
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

You're quite welcome. Stay safe!

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about Je Suis Fou Chein. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
far so good, he handled the trip okay, still in some pain but the morphine seemed to help. Thank you so much!!
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

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