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What is Methocarbamol?

Methocarbamol is a prescription muscle relaxant used in dogs and cats to treat muscle spasms. Methocarbamol requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.

For:

Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Benefits:
  • 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
How it Works:

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant that acts on the central nervous system to relax the muscles.

Cautions:

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

Brand Name:

Robaxin (Schwarz Pharma), Robaxin V (Fort Dodge)

Generic Name:

methocarbamol

What is the most important information I should know about methocarbamol:

Methocarbamol is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs, cats, and horses. Methocarbamol is available as 500 mg tablets. The usual dose to treat muscle spasms in dogs and cats is 20 to 30 mg per lb every 8 to 12 hours on the first day, then 10 to 30 mg per pound every 8 to 12 hours. For horses, the usual dose using methocarbamol tablets is from 4.4 to 20 mg per pound up to 6.6 to 30 mg per pound per dose.

What is Methocarbamol:

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms. Methocarbamol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving methocarbamol to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store methocarbamol at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of methocarbamol overdose include extreme sedation, incoordination and loss of reflexes. Dogs and cats may see drooling and vomiting.

What should I avoid while giving Methocarbamol to my pet:

Methocarbamol should not be used in animals allergic to it. The safe use in pregnant or nursing animals has not been established.

What are the possible side effects of Methocarbamol:

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

What other drugs will affect Methocarbamol:

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.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Methocarbamol written for health professionals that you may read. Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Give Methocarbamol exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give it in larger doses or give for longer than recommended by your veterinarian.
Tip:

Methocarbamol may cause urine to change color.

Dosage:
Dogs and Cats:
Weight
Dosage
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:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature.

Ingredients
Methocarbamol 500 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Methocarbamol
500 mg
Customer Reviews
Methocarbamol is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hip pain 11 yo boxer has started to limp took to vet had xrays no arthritis,blood work done all normal prescribed this medicin with carafate, and 10 days of rymaddyl, my dog has been active all her life now does 850 ft down the side of drive and 850 back. and amazing results she is a totally diferent dog still little gait off but well improve i thing from pain med but amazing.
Date published: 2013-11-07
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Q&A

I have an 8lb dog - he was given 500mg instead of the 125mg prescribed - what's should we do?

Asked by: Rosc
Monitor your pet for extreme sedation, incoordination,loss of reflexes and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-14

Will this cause your dog to start panting

Asked by: Pamd
Thank you for your question. For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving methocarbamol and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives).
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-23

Why does the top of the methocarb's general "for" description say it's for dogs, cats, and horses, but further down under dose, it says do not give horses???

Asked by: CSiris
Thank you for your question. Yes, that is bazaar! Methocarbamol requires a prescription from your veterinarian so best to consult with them for certainty. Apologies!
Answered by: leanniejo
Date published: 2017-08-08

My dog hurt his tail and back. Vet prescribed 1500 mg of methocarbamol 3X a day for the first day followed by a like amount every 8 hours for 4 days. From what I see on the internet 20-30mg per pound is the dose. My dog weighs 70 pounds. Pls advise. 

Asked by: Buster
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. However based on your veterinarians professional advise the dosing instruction can be altered. The medication is to be given as directed by your veterinarian.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-21

Is there a conflict taking methocarbonal and gabapentin at the same time?

Asked by: Myca
Hello, it is not contraindicated, but I would not recommend using these two products together. Both drugs are capable of depressing the function of the central nervous system (CNS). Such effects may include, but are not limited to, ataxia, confusion, drowsiness, respiratory depression, and weakness. Concomitant use of two or more of these drugs may increase the risks associated with CNS depression. Caution is warranted.
Answered by: Roseanna Pharmacy Intern
Date published: 2017-05-28

Can you get Soma for dogs?

Asked by: Sybil
Typically, soma is not used for dogs. It is not a product that we carry.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2017-05-08

Can I crush Methocarbamol and put it in my dog's food?

Asked by: Sams Mom
Yes, you can crush methocarbamol.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2017-05-08

Can this drug cause panting in my fog

Asked by: Judy5283
Yes, methocarbamol may cause panting in your dog. Side effects include sedation, salivation, emesis, lethargy, weakness, and ataxia (loss of full control of body movements).
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2017-12-15
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