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What is safe pain relief for very small dogs?

What is a safe pain relief for very small dogs?

My 2-year old (5lbs, 8oz) hurt her leg and began limping.  We took her to our Vet and received Metacam 0.5mg to give her once daily.

I stopped giving it to her because I read in the information sheet that came with the medication that it could cause seizures, liver disease and/or kidney disease.

Is there something I can give her for pain and inflammation that doesn’t have so many side affects?

Thanks for your help.


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11 Responses to “What is safe pain relief for very small dogs?”

  1. Carolyn says:

    There are side effects to just about everything out there, and it is good that you read the information sheet that came with the medication.
    I too have used Metacam and if you use it as directed and watch your dog, she should be fine… just watch her for any side effects and if she has any, stop the medication and contact your vet.

  2. Arnica montana, a homeopathic remedy sold in health food stores come in pill form or topical gel and is very safe and gentle and effective for pain.

    Acupuncture is also very effective and safe! to find a veterinary acupuncturist in your area

  3. Beth says:

    A lot of the information that is listed on product inserts is there because it is required by law. Rest assured that your veterinarian is probably well aware of any possible side effects of Metacam. Metacam has gone through extensive testing and has been found to be safe at prescribed doses. Most of the side effects that are seen are a result of incorrect dosing or long term use of the product.

    Metacam is in a category of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). There are side affects to using any of the NSAIDs approved for use in dogs, but again, they are usually a result of long term or incorrect usage. Most dogs that are treated for a short period of time never show any problems and are helped by the drug. If your dog needs to be on Metacam long term, your veterinarian should recommend routine labwork every six months to monitor organ function and ensure that the drug is not having any adverse affects on your dogs system.

    There are other options for pain medications that do not fall into the category of NSAIDs, rather they are analgesics or simply pain medications. Most of these are controlled drugs and can have other side effects related to them as well and are typically not recommend for long term use. One that may be considered that is not a controlled drug is Tramadol. This may be another option for your little one, but typically, this drug comes in a size that may be too difficult to split up for proper dosing. On the other hand, a compounding pharmacy (or if your veterinarian has compounding capabilities) may be able to provide you with a liquid form that allows use of this drug.

  4. Jon Geller, DVM says:

    Tramadol is a very safe pain reliever (known as Ultram for humans) that can be made into a liquid suspension for small dogs. It can be given up to 4 times a day if necessary, and has very few side effects. It can also be combined with an NSAID such as Metacam for maximum benefit.

  5. Soft tissue pain in small animals secondary to injury is caused by Stagnation of the blood and the QI (energy) at the site of the injury. It will be safer to use herbal formula like body sore formula by Jing Tang or the chinese herb Die Da Wan. It helps unblock the the stagnation of the QI and blood, reduce pain and swelling and promote rapid resolution of many acute injuries.

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  6. Daria Vrablic says:

    Hey, I really like your blog. Thanks for the great information. I found an answer for one of my dogs who was having a problem. Thanks again.

  7. Jenny says:

    They have been selling their non-prescription pet pain treatment product mainly via television, and radio for nearly 10 years.

  8. Judy says:

    Our 4 1/2 month old Shih Tzu had what we think (per vet) a small muscle strain in her back. She became listless and her breathing was very rapid. The vet prescribed Rimadyl. We gave her 1/2 a pill three times in two days and each time she vomited it up. I checked on line and found there are class action law suits resulting from the use of this drug. Our puppies (we have 2 Shih Tzu’s) are supposed to get “fixed” soon and I would like to know the name of a good and safe pain med for out little ones. They weigh about 9 pounds each.

  9. Laura says:

    My niece’s 7 pound chihuahua’s foot got stuck & smashed in the heavy back/garage door. She’s walking on 3 legs & won’t put pressure on the hurt foot. I don’t think anything is broken, but the skin in between her toes is red & the door took some skin off. My niece gave her a whole Benadryl…not sure why…but she said she wanted her to fall asleep & stop licking. We only have ibuprofen, baby aspirin, & percoset in the house. W/out going to the vet, due to lack of fundage, what household pain relievers can be given to this small of a dog? I would not give her my percoset because the quantity is controlled so I can’t just be using it for other things, but…. I would not give Tramadol to a dog; I was on it & when I ran out it had similar withdrawal affects to Oxycontin, though not nearly as strong or painful, but still. 😮

  10. brenda says:

    My pug was having issues with walking and dragging his back legs. The vet first put him on duramax, then switched him over to prednisone. I was so afraid of the side effects, i took him in for accupuncture and he also put him on a chinese herb called jing ang body sore. Samson is now running and jumping and playing again and by the way he is off his prednisone. I was not really a believer before, but dogs cant fake feeling better! I am a total believer now!

  11. Lavonda Saviola says:

    Chinese herbs are great because most of them are really helpful on their body and they can treat some diseases. ”

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