How to Heal a Dog's Pulled Muscle

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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.

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Things you need

  • Baby aspirin
  • Bathroom scales
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Heating pad
  • Two old blankets

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    Weigh your dog on the bathroom scales to get an accurate weight.

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    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.

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    Rub down the affected area with rubbing alcohol.

    Prepare a Bedding Area

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    Lay an old blanket down on the floor or on your dog's sleeping pad.

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    Put the heating pad on top of the blanket.

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    Turn the heating pad on the lowest setting.

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    Cover the heating pad with the second blanket.

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    Encourage your dog to spend time resting on the heating pad.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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