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
Muscle relaxers fall under the category of pain reliever. Generally, these are harmful (very toxic!) to dogs.
You should be very careful about administering people medicines to the canine breed. Why not look into something like acupuncture. It could be a viable treatment if you are looking for a more natural and lasting solution to what ails your friend.
Muscle relaxer medicines can impair your dog’s nervous system. Mild forms of intoxication may result in weakness and depression. You might notice that your pet dog is having mood swings as well. Worse cases of muscle relaxant intoxication can lead to disorientation, seizures, coma and even death.
K9 Drug Overdose & Intoxication
Some dogs are more vulnerable than others and can easily be affected by drug overdose or misuse. Puppies and small breeds are particularly more vulnerable than older and larger dogs. This is mainly because drugs can affect a dog depending on their size and weight. That’s why it’s always important that proper dosage is followed when giving medicines (whether it’s people medication 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 lower and their bodies can easily react poorly to medicines that are not suited to them. The liver, kidney and heart organs can 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 them improper food and medicine can trigger an early failure of one particular organ.
Know which types of medicines are safe and which types are harmful to the canine breed. Before giving any type of medicine, including a muscle relaxer, to your doggy friend please consult with a vet first. They’ll know 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
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.