Methocarbamol For Dogs Muscle Relaxant
(redirects here from Robaxin)
Learn about Robaxin (methocarbamol) for dogs, including the safe dosage, guidelines of use and side effects.
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Methocarbamol, sometimes marketed under the name “Robaxin”, is a muscle relaxant occasionally prescribed for use in dogs. The properties of the drug make it effective in treating muscle spasms and tremors caused by diseases, toxins and physical trauma. Because it is a prescription drug, you must not give this medicine to your dog without talking to your vet first.
Methocarbamol dosage for dogs
The standard dosage of methocarbamol for dogs when treating muscle spasms is as follows: Administer 20 to 30 mg/lb body weight every 8 to 12 hours on the first day. On all subsequent days, administer 10 to 30 mg/lb body weight every 8 to 12 hours.
The dosage may differ depending on your dog’s medical history and the condition being treated. Remember, as a prescription drug, it is required that you visit the vet prior to use.
Is methocarbamol safe for dogs?
Under the right circumstances with veterinary approval methocarbamol is a safe drug for use in dogs with few serious side effects. You should avoid mixing this medicine with other drugs without professional advice to do so.
- Do not administer this drug to dogs with known allergies to the substance
- Consider avoiding use in dogs with kidney disease
- Consider avoiding use in pregnant dogs
- Do not use without veterinary approval
- Notify your vet of any other medicine your dog is taking
- Notify the vet of any existing medical conditions your dog suffers with
Because methocarbamol has not yet been tested safe for use in pregnant animals it is often advised that you avoid use in such cases unless absolutely necessary. If after a full 5 days of treatment your dog’s condition does not appear to have approved, you should return to the vet and discuss the possibility of trying another medicine. Methocarbamol may interact with several drugs especially other muscle relaxants and sedatives.
Uses of methocarbamol for dogs
Methocarbamol is often used for dogs suffering with:
- Muscle spasms
Side effects of methocarbamol when given to dogs
Typical side effects of methocarbamol includes lethargy, weakness, drooling and vomiting. Other side effects are uncommon.
If your dog displays any signs of serious adverse sides you should stop giving the medicine to your dog immediately and seek emergency veterinary care. This includes allergic reaction, which could manifest as difficulty breathing, hives and rashes.