When it comes to finding a dog pain killer that works, what about giving your dog gabapentin? Is it a true pain killer and replacement for the more commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain killers like rimadyl? Or is it like tramadol which works well in people but not in dogs?
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Gabapentin is a human drug that is used to treat some seizures and nerve related pain. We don't know exactly how gabapentin works, although it appears to reduce the release of excitatory neurotransmitters.
If a pain signal is blocked from reaching the brain then the result will be a reduction in pain.
Gabapentin acts on the nerves themselves unlike some other pain killers like the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).
Neuropathic pain is essentially pain that is generated by the nerves themselves and results in 2 main conditions. The first of these is known as hyperalgesia which is an increased sensitivity to pain.
The second condition is allodynia and is where something that is not normally painful becomes painful.
The good news is that this pain wind up is reversible, although it can take several months. Our standard pain killers in dogs and cats, the NSAIDs, will help with this. Gabapentin though can also be used to help your dog or cat become pain free faster, or where our non-steroidals are not enough by themselves.
Gabapentin may well also play a useful role in helping keep our pets comfortable after surgery or injury but should probably not be used by itself.
Gabapentin is a very safe drug with few side effects to be concerned about. The most common side effects of gabapentin in dogs and cats are sedation and wobbliness. Some animals may also develop vomiting.
The biggest danger with giving gabapentin is using a human liquid formulation that contains xylitol.
danger of xylitol - https://youtu.be/ocU1KG42UjA
home management of arthritis - https://youtu.be/7LzEwKutgTY
are pain killers safe for dogs - https://youtu.be/6EwDGAzsi_w
Tramadol use in dogs - https://youtu.be/BENIQm8D5TM
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Thx for that video, very good explanation. My 16 years old Lab has been on rymadil for a month and a half. Just started Garbapentin yesterday. He looks sedated and vomited is food and water. Will keep monitoring. thx again
Pleased you found it helpful. Hope your Lab starts to do better on everything. 16 is a fantastic age! Definitely keep in touch with your vet and be careful giving the rimadyl if the vomiting continues.
Ty for this! I just got home w/ my big guy. The dr prescribed both gabapentin & galliprant for arthritis. My dog is getting old tho, he'll be 14 in October. I'm really hoping these meds will help him feel better. Love my big guy so much
Our Pets Health my vet prescribed it for him along w/ gabapentin. I had never heard of galliprant before & had to come home to look it up. I suppose it's been available here in the US for a short while now? So far, my big guy has been feeling alil better. He's back to patrolling the fence line & he's eating real well too. A bladder stone showed up on his X-rays along w/ the arthritis, so I ordered some special diet along w/ some pot. citrate to help dissolve it.
Hope they make him feel much more comfortable! Galliprant is brand new and sounds pretty exciting. It's not available everywhere yet so I'd love to hear how you find it. You might also find my pain monitoring chart helps you monitor your big guys comfort levels.
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