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.
Dogs, Cats, and Horses
Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant that acts on the central nervous system to relax the muscles.
Give methocarbamol exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give it in larger doses or give for longer than recommended by your veterinarian.
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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.
Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms. Methocarbamol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
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.
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.
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.
Methocarbamol should not be used in animals allergic to it. The safe use in pregnant or nursing animals has not been established.
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.
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.
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.
Methocarbamol may cause urine to change color.
Should be stored at room temperature.