Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms caused from various diseases, traumas, or ingesting toxic substances. It is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs, cats, and horses.
Key Benefits of 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 occurs when permethrin from dog flea medication is ingested
Who's Methocarbamol For?
Muscle spasms accompany a number of medical conditions, including disorders of the spinal column and various poisonings. Drugs that relax contracted muscles can provide relief from pain and prevent harmful muscle tremors.
Side Effects and Warnings
- Methocarbamol may cause drowsiness. The medication may cause a darkening of the urine.
- For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious allergic reactions occur, stop giving methocarbamol and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives.
- Side effects that can occur in dogs and cats may include weakness, stumbling, incoordination, drooling, and vomiting.
- Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.
- When used in combination with other medications that may cause the sedative effect of methocarbamol to 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.
Give Methocarbamol exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give it 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 pet?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.