I have a 13 year old Rott who has hip and joint pain. I want to ease her pain as much as safely possible.
20 Oct 2012
Hello Debbie 1956 ,
I love dogs, but I would suggest you call the Vet first before doing anything with your faithful companion. I know your dog is in pain and it must hurt you, but as I said before, do not give your dog anything until you call the Vet first.
20 Oct 2012
Hello Debbie 1956,
I would never give my pet anything as you don't no how it is going to affect people let alone our beautiful pets, I would hate to see something go wrong and I no you feel bad and want to help, but the best thing for you to do is take your pet to a vet, if u don't have one at the moment u might beable to call another vet a just ask for there advice, people love animals and I am sure u will find someone to help u help your loved one... angel1662
20 Oct 2012
Vets have an anti-inflammatory for dogs called Rimadyl. Please go to your vet & get this & never, but never give your dog a human pain reliever except maybe aspirin, & then you should check with the vet about the dosage. The others are right about tylenol being poison to dogs, & hydrocodone has tylenol in it. You could actually harm your dog very badly if not kill it...
20 Oct 2012
Canine pain drugs are unfortunately more expensive that human ones but better that than giving unsafe stuff. There are good drugs that will help; on top of the rimadyl mentioned above, ask about Metacam and Deremaxx (don't know if the sp.'s right) which is what I give my 12 year old who has BAD arthritis due to severe 6 yr. old humerus fracture. I also give him Tramadol if and when he's overexerted himself and is more sore than usual.
20 Oct 2012
PLEASE, I hope that you have NOT given your beloved Rottie hydrocodone!!! PLEASE call your vet. They can prescribe other medications such as Rhymadil (sp?), or tramadol at a pharmacy such as Target who stocks vet meds. The tramadol isn't that expensive, and esp. with older dogs, they don't want to give them NSAIDs because of stomach bleeds. I have four beloved dogs, and I understand what you are trying to do, but PLEASE, you will KILL you dog!!
23 Nov 2014
If you are considering popping a Vicoden down your pets throat to help her pain, DO NOT DO IT.
Irregardless if you can or cannot give Hydrocodone to dogs, no medication should ever be given to anyone (animal or person) unless it is prescribed for that person nor should it be given without an appropriate rational for doing so.
This rational is determined after seeking assistance from a medical professional, MD or veterinary doctor to figure out the source of the pain, the severity of damage to the joints, and to perform a thorough health check up to get things started
. It is also very important to have a complete blood panel drawn to look for problems that could affect the way the body uses up a drug or how the body gets rid of a drug, and may prohibit the use of certain medications.
Dogs use up drugs differently than humans do. So for those human drugs your dog can take it is important to know human dosage can be greatly different from canine dosage and it is not justified to give your pet your medications.
Vicoden / Norco contain Acetaminophen. The use of acetaminophen in dogs is controversial and my research shows results from tolerance to fatal from just a single dose. That range is too great for me to risk my pet’s life. Additionally Hydrocodone is not a first choice for canine because there are more effective medications available for chronic and acute pain for your dog.
My dog is suffering from intervertebral disc herniation, hip dysplasia, and arthritis. I have him on a pain management program that gets him out of bed and even though we cannot go very far, he is able to take a short walk outside most days.
This could not have been achieved without assistance from my veterinary doctor who cares deeply about pain management for animals.
It is very important for you to have a goal in mind for your pet, your expectations for the outcome from treatment. Be sure your goal is realistic i.e. do not expect your pet will go back to the way they were when they were a puppy. More likely the expectation should be focused on your pet’s ability to function independently; getting up and down by themselves, able to take short walks, and potty independently.
Be diligent in honoring your pets pain the same as if it were your own. When you see her looking off into the distance just standing there, she is trying to figure out how she will take her next step as her body is failing her. Be there for her and let her work it out on her own. Just be there in case she needs you to help. My dog still needs me to help him stand up every time he wants to get up and wants me close by all the time. I massage him at night, cover him with a blanket at times and just lay with him to comfort him and he is grateful.
You will never regret being there like this for your pet, especially if and when the day comes they die or need to be euthanized.
Remember small accomplishments are great leaps for your pet.
Please be a excellent pet parent and find a vet who takes pain management for pets seriously and who is experienced, result oriented, and knowledgable on the topic of pain remedies, and treatment
NOTE: Dogs cannot be given drugs the same as people. Cats cannot be given drugs the same as dogs. It is all about how the body breaks down and uses up what we put in it.
- Hydrocodone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocodone (detailed)
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