People commonly take muscle relaxers to get relief from all types of pain including arthritis and back pain. By taking these medicines in either tablet or capsule form, mild to severe body pains can be cured and normal activities can be taken on again.
You will notice that your pet dog can sometimes display pain in some parts of the body as well. This is particularly evident if you see your dog limping or if a particular part of the body is sore. Your pet dog will probably react even if you only put mild pressure on a sore spot.
As a dog lover, it hurts to see that your dog is in pain. And this might lead you to act on your instinct and give your dog the type of muscle relaxers that you have found effective on yourself. But can muscle relaxers intended for people really help your dog? And is it safe and effective in getting rid of the muscle tension?
Can I Give My Dog Muscle Relaxers? Answer: No
You should be very careful about administering people medicines to the canine breed. Muscle relaxers fall under the category of pain reliever, and pain reliever for humans are generally harmful (very toxic!) to dogs. Acupuncture may actually be a more viable treatment if you are looking for a more natural and lasting solution to what ails your friend. Talk to your vet about acupuncture treatment for dogs! It really is gaining traction as a treatment for pets.
Consider that, the contents in muscle relaxer medicines can impair your dog’s nervous system. Mild forms of intoxication can result in weakness and depression and you will notice that your pet dog is having mood swings too. Worse cases of muscle relaxant intoxication can lead to disorientation, seizures, coma, and yes – even death.
Dogs Vulnerable to Drug Overdose and Intoxication
Some dogs are more vulnerable than others and can easily be affected by drug overdose or misuse. Puppies and small breeds particularly have lower stamina than older and larger type of breeds. This is mainly because drugs can affect a dog depending on the size and weight. That’s why it is always important that the proper dosage is always followed in giving medicines (whether its people medicine or dog medicine).
Senior dogs can be easily affected by improper medication too. Just like in people, older dogs have lower stamina than younger dogs. Their tolerance level is so low that their bodies can easily react to medicines that are not suited to them. The liver, kidney and heart organs can easily fail in older dogs.
You should also be particularly careful if your dog has an existing health problem. If your dog already has known issues of heart, liver and kidney problems, giving him or her improper food and medicine can trigger an early failure of one particular organ.
Preventive Measures from Accidental Poisoning
First of all, you should know which types of medicines are safe and which types of medicines are harmful to the canine breed. And before giving any type of medicine to your doggy friend, you should consult a vet first about the proper dosage in administering said medicine.
As most people medicines are hazardous to pets (particularly pain relievers), you should keep all your medicines safely secured in tight bottles inside your medicine cabinet. No, don’t just store your medication in plastic bags as your pet dog can easily chew through them. And don’t leave your medicine just lying on top of tables too. Large breeds of dogs can easily reach on top of tables and this can present a terrible problem.
If you have children or elderly people around the house, you should also supervise their medication. The young and the elderly may not be that careful with their medicine and they may drop a tablet or two on the floor accidentally. And you can imagine how fast your dog can get to those, don’t you?
Symptoms of Poisoning to Look Out For
If your dog accidentally digests people medicine (especially pain relievers or muscle relaxers), you should immediately call the vet and report the type of medicine taken in by your pet dog. You should also observe for any type of vomiting, diarrhea and blood on stools.
Drooling is another sign of poisoning as well as having pale gums. And in worse cases, your pet dog may even exhibit shaking and weakness.
Dogs are Mankind’s Best Friend
As dogs are considered to be man’s best friend, you should do your best in keeping your particular pet dog happy and healthy. By doing so, you will have your faithful and loyal friend with you for a long time.