Methocarbamol
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Methocarbamol relaxes muscles and reduces muscle tremors caused from various diseases, traumas, or ingesting toxic substances
Helps to treat muscle spasms caused from intervertebral disk disease ("slipped disk") in dogs
Also treats permethrin poisoning in cats, which can occur when permethrin from dog flea medication is ingested

Methocarbamol

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At a Glance
Methocarbamol relaxes muscles and reduces muscle tremors caused from various diseases, traumas, or ingesting toxic substances
Helps to treat muscle spasms caused from intervertebral disk disease ("slipped disk") in dogs
Also treats permethrin poisoning in cats, which can occur when permethrin from dog flea medication is ingested

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Methocarbamol is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs, cats, and horses. It is a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms caused from various diseases, traumas, or ingesting toxic substances.

Methocarbamol 500mg tablet is indicated in the treatment of acute inflammatory and traumatic conditions of the skeletal muscle. It is commonly used to manage muscular spasms in dogs, cats and horses. Methocarbamol is found to be effective in treating conditions like intervertebral disc syndrome, synovitis, convulsions, fibrositis, myositis, compressive myelitis, spinal cord injury and insecticide poisoning among others. It could be used in combination with medications commonly used to treat these conditions like adrenal corticosteroids, without any adverse side effects.

The usual dose of Methocarbamol for dogs and cats of all sizes is typically 20-30mg per pound of the animal's body weight every 8-12 hours for the first day followed by 10-30mg per pound of body weight every 8-12 hours thereafter.

Some of the common side effects of Methocarbamol in dogs and cats include drooling, sedation, emesis, muscular weakness and vomiting, which usually should subside in a few days. If symptoms persist, consult the veterinarian without any delay.

Methocarbamol is the Generic Alternative to Robaxin.

  • Arthritis & Pain Pharmacy
  • Oral Application
  • Cat Pet Type
  • Dog Pet Type

What Is Methocarbamol Used for in Pets?
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Methocarbamol Tablets USP is a medicine with FDA approval. Methocarbamol which is a prescribed medication for pets is generally used in the treatment of cats, dogs, and horses. This drug has an extremely huge approval rate among the veterinary community. Veterinary experts such as veterinarians, diet specialists, and pet breeders highly recommend the usage of this drug. It is also well-liked among various pet owners. Methocarbamol is a very popular prescription drug that is sold under various brands. This drug can be categorized under the classification of muscle relaxant. Methocarbamol Tablets USP is generally used in pets for the treatment of short-term musculoskeletal pain. The best result of this treatment can only be felt if your pet follows a strict regime. This regime has three parts that your pet needs to follow. First, the pet that is suffering from the ailment undergoing physical therapy. After the physical therapy taking some time to rest his or her body. And at the end administering the medicine to the pet. Methocarbamol Tablets USP can be used for the treatment of a large number of ailments that can be found amongst your pets. This muscle relaxant is an exceptional medication that can be used for the treatment of the reduction of muscle spasms in pets. These muscle spasms occur due to a large number of reasons such as injury or trauma, inflammation, and presence of certain toxic substances. In many animals, muscle spasms can also occur due to diseases. An example of such a disease can be intervertebral disc disease. The compound Methocarbamol normally is not preferred for the treatment of lower back pain in pets. But, the medicine can also have some limited effect on pets who are suffering from cerebral palsy and rheumatoid arthritis.

Is Methocarbamol a Strong Muscle Relaxer?
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Methocarbamol Tablets USP can not be considered a narcotic drug. This drug generally works by affecting the central nervous system of your pet. It can be said that the medicine works by depressing the central nervous system of the pets and helps them as a muscle relaxant by treating muscle pain, spasm and tension. The compound Methocarbamol can sometimes be wrongly identified as a narcotic drug. This mistake occurs because in some cases it has been seen after the administration of the medicine few pets may show signs of dizziness or drowsiness. This symptom of dizziness or drowsiness can be mistaken as signs of usage of narcotic drugs.

How Long Does Methocarbamol Take To Work?
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After the administration of Methocarbamol Tablets to the pets, it generally takes about half an hour for it to start acting. The medicine takes about two hours for it to take full effect on your pet. Methocarbamol Tablets can be considered as a medicine that comes under the category of short-acting medicine. This medicine is generally prescribed to be taken three or four times a day by the veterinarian of your pet. After the observation for a period of time if it is observed that there is no progress in the health situation of your pet it is recommended to contact the perโ€™s veterinarian immediately for a change in the petโ€™s medication.

Is Methocarbamol Ok for Dogs?
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Methocarbamol Tablets are FDA-certified drugs for pets. This medicine can be administered in both cats and dogs. It is a very safe drug that is used in pets for muscle relaxation who are especially suffering from muscle trauma and intervertebral disc disease. Methocarbamol is also used in pets who are suffering from tetanus or strychnine poisoning by controlling their muscle spasms.

How Much Methocarbamol Is Safe for Dogs?
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Administration of Methocarbamol Tablets can vary for different pets. The dosage of the medication can vary due to various reasons. This difference can be due to the difference in their body type, body weight, body size, metabolism, immune system, living environment, food intake, and the amount of physical activity. Generally, Methocarbamol Tablets are administered to the pets with a dosage of twenty milligrams per pound of their body weight. Every responsible pet owner is highly advised that they can not administer any medicine to their pets without prior consultation and consent from their petโ€™s veterinarian.

Is Methocarbamol Good for Anxiety?
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Methocarbamol Tablets do not have any effect on pets who are suffering from anxiety. This medicine only cures pets who are suffering from skeletal muscle pain. Methocarbamol only helps in the alleviation of the factors or conditions that may result in muscle spasms in your pets. The medicine can sometimes cause dizziness or drowsiness to your pets but that cannot be mistaken as a mind relaxing agent or anti-anxiety medicine.

Can Methocarbamol Be Used for Long-Term Treatment?
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Methocarbamol is generally not recommended to use as a long-term treatment. This is because long-term use of methocarbamol in dogs can result in side effects such as lethargy, weakness, gastrointestinal upset, and liver and kidney damage.

How Is Methocarbamol Administered to Dogs?
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Methocarbamol is available in tablet or injectable form and is usually administered orally to dogs. Depending on your veterinarian's instructions, Methocarbamol tablets can be given with or without food.

What Is the Recommended Dosage of Methocarbamol for Dogs?
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Methocarbamol is typically administered orally every 8 to 12 hours to dogs in doses of 20 to 30 mg per pound of body weight. However, depending on the specific requirements of your canine, your veterinarian might change the dosage.

Can Methocarbamol Be Given With Food?
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Yes, depending on your veterinarian's instructions, Methocarbamol can be given with or without food. Methocarbamol tablets can be given with a small amount of food, such as cheese or meat, to make them easier to administer. However, suppose your dog experiences gastrointestinal upset or other side effects while taking methocarbamol. In that case, your veterinarian may recommend adjusting the timing or manner of administration, including administering the medication with food or changing the type of food used.

Are There Any Side Effects of Methocarbamol in Dogs?
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Yes, Methocarbamol's potential side effects in dogs include sedation, lethargy, gastrointestinal upset, muscle weakness or ataxia, increased heart rate, drooling or hypersalivation, and allergic reactions. More serious side effects such as liver or kidney damage, blood disorders, or seizures are rare but possible.

Can Methocarbamol Be Used in Pregnant or Breastfeeding Dogs?
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Methocarbamol should generally not be used in pregnant or nursing dogs unless the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. However, if your dog becomes pregnant while taking Methocarbamol, you should inform your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian may need to adjust the dosage or switch to a different medication to ensure the safety of your dog and her unborn puppies.

Can Methocarbamol Be Used in Puppies?
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Methocarbamol may be used in puppies to treat certain conditions, such as musculoskeletal pain or muscle spasms, but the dosage and duration of treatment may need to be adjusted based on the puppy's age, weight, and overall health status. However, Methocarbamol is not recommended for use in very young puppies, particularly those under six months of age, unless under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.

Can Methocarbamol Be Used With Other Medications?
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Methocarbamol has the potential to interact with many medications, including sedatives, anti-anxiety medications, antihistamines, narcotic pain medications, phenobarbital, and warfarin. These interactions can increase the risk of side effects such as excessive sedation or drowsiness. Methocarbamol may also enhance the effects of other central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol or other sedatives. Therefore, informing your veterinarian of all medications your dog is taking before starting Methocarbamol treatment is important.

Is Methocarbamol a Controlled Substance?
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No, Methocarbamol is not a controlled substance. It is a prescription medication classified as a muscle relaxant commonly used in veterinary medicine to treat musculoskeletal conditions and manage pain associated with various injuries or disorders.

How Should Methocarbamol Be Stored?
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Methocarbamol should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature (between 68 and 77ยฐF or 20 and 25ยฐC), away from direct sunlight and moisture. The medication should be kept in its original container with the lid tightly closed and out of reach of children and pets.

What Should I Do if My Dog Misses a Methocarbamol Dose?
Answer

Give your dog the missed dosage of methocarbamol as soon as you recall unless the time for the next dose is approaching. Skip the missed dosage in that case, and follow the typical dosing schedule.

Can Methocarbamol Be Used in Dogs With Liver or Kidney Disease?
Answer

Methocarbamol should be used with caution in dogs with liver or kidney disease, as these organs metabolize and eliminate the medication. In dogs with impaired liver or kidney function, the dosage of Methocarbamol may need to be adjusted to avoid potential toxicity or adverse effects. Methocarbamol should be used cautiously in dogs with epilepsy or seizure disorders, as it can lower the seizure threshold and increase the risk of seizures.

Is Methocarbamol Addictive?
Answer

No, Methocarbamol is not a narcotic and does not have the potential for abuse or addiction.

Can Methocarbamol Cause Withdrawal Symptoms in Dogs?
Answer

No, Dogs are not known to experience withdrawal effects from methocarbamol. It is a prescription drug frequently used for pain relief or the short-term therapy of musculoskeletal disorders.

Methocarbamol 500 mg

Side effects of Methocarbamol that can occur in dogs and cats may include weakness, stumbling, incoordination, drooling, and vomiting. Methocarbamol may cause a discoloration of the urine. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effects that seem unusual or bothersome to the animal. If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving your pet Methocarbamol and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives).

When used in combination with other medications that may cause drowsiness, the sedative effect of methocarbamol will increase. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given any other medications such as antihistamines (chlorpheniramine), gabapentin, metoclopramide, opioid narcotics, tranquilizers (acepromazine), or any other medication that may cause drowsiness.

Drugs other than those listed may also interact with methocarbamol. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements to your pet while they are taking methocarbamol.

Methocarbamol 500mg is a prescription medication, which should not be started without the consent of a licensed veterinarian. Stay clear from administering Methocarbamol in pregnant animals as its safety has not been fully verified. Animals with known or suspected renal pathology or those which are allergic to the drug should not be treated with this medication. In case the animal fails to respond to the medication even after five days of the initiation of treatment, the treatment mode should be reconsidered. It could adversely interact with certain muscle relaxants or sedatives; so make sure that the medication history of the pet is discussed with the vet before starting the treatment.

Give Methocarbamol exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give Methocarbamol in larger doses or give for longer than recommended by your veterinarian.

Dogs and Cats (All weights):
The usual dose is 20-30 mg per pound of petโ€™s body weight every 8-12 hours for first day, then 10-30 mg per pound every 8-12 hours, thereafter.

Horses: (All weights):
The usual dose is from 4.2-20 mg per pound up to 6.6-30 mg per pound of horse's body weight per dose.

Store Methocarbamol at room temperature.

Ask your veterinarian about Methocarbamol or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

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