A pulled muscle is a very painful injury for your dog to have. According to Dr. Jim Baker, DVM of the Wasola Animal Health Clinic, baby aspirin can be given to a dog with a pulled muscle to help relieve pain and reduce swelling. Baker said the best thing for your dog if she has a pulled muscle is rest. It may take anywhere from a week to a month for a pulled muscle to heal. The more rest your dog gets, the faster a pulled muscle will heal. There are a few things you can do to help comfort your dog and help her injury heal.
Weigh your dog on the bathroom scales to get an accurate weight.
Give your dog baby aspirin at a rate of 10 milligrams per pound of body weight. That means for an 8-pound dog you would give her one 80-milligram baby aspirin. Do this every 12 hours to help with pain and swelling.
Rub down the affected area with rubbing alcohol.
Lay an old blanket down on the floor or on your dog's sleeping pad.
Put the heating pad on top of the blanket.
Turn the heating pad on the lowest setting.
Cover the heating pad with the second blanket.
Encourage your dog to spend time resting on the heating pad.
Consult your veterinarian to make sure your dog has a pulled muscle and nothing else is wrong. Your veterinarian may prescribe a pain reliever. Restrict your dog's activities. Only let your dog outside if he needs to go to the bathroom. Encourage him to spend as much time as possible in the bedding area. If you have a pet carrier put the bedding and heating pad in it and lock your dog in the pet carrier at night. Baby aspirin can be hidden in food to make it easier to administer the medication to your dog.
Never give your dog more than the recommended dose of aspirin. Aspirin can lead to stomach ulcers and other problems in high doses. Never give your dog any other type of pain reliever meant for people. Dogs react differently to medications than we do. Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any type of medication.