Muscle relaxers for dogs

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Muscle relaxers for dogs
Muscle relaxers can relieve your dog's pain. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Dogs experience pain in much the same way as humans. They can pull or bruise muscles and suffer from degenerative diseases such as arthritis. Luckily, canine muscle relaxants may be able to ease your dog's pain, depending on its condition and recommendations from your veterinarian. In addition to pharmaceutical medications, homeopathic remedies may also be an option.

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Uses for Canine Muscle Relaxers

Canine muscle relaxers provide relief from tight muscles and sometimes joint pain. Canine muscle relaxers can be used to treat arthritis, neck and back pain and as general pain relievers in some cases.

Where to Get Canine Muscle Relaxers

Only your veterinarian should prescribe canine muscle relaxers. They are sometimes available at the vet's office. Other times you'll have to order them via an animal pharmacy online. These drugs aren't available over-the-counter, but natural, homeopathic remedies such as herbs and vitamin supplements may be available at your local grocery store.

Specific Dog Muscle Relaxer Medication

Canine muscle relaxers include Robanix-V (methocarbamol); Brethine or Bricanyl (terbutaline sulphate); aminophylline; and Norvasc (amlodipine besylate).

Homeopathic Muscle Relaxers for Canines

According to the Naturally 4 Pets website, calcium supplements, chamomile tea and flower extracts such as those from impatiens or star of Bethlehem can help relax your dog's muscles. The website also indicates acupuncture may help ease your dog's pain and relax its muscles.

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