My 4.5 month old puppy is getting back teeth and canines at the same time. Her gums are puffy and swollen. I have tried all the tricks for helping her feel better:
Freezing toys, bones, food, and rags and giving them to her to chew
Freezing her food
Giving her ice cubes
Massaging her gums with ice cubes
She stopped eating as much of her food about a week ago and now I have to coax her to eat. I put her regular portion into a muffin tin last night with a little water in each and froze it, and she ate about half of it this morning.
Yesterday afternoon, she was absolutely inconsolable. She was standing in her pen barking and would. not. stop.
We finally followed some guidance posted on the AKC web site and gave her some aspirin (low dose - 81 mg), which calmed her down and really helped alleviate the pain. She was exhausted and slept like a log all night, but the aspirin gave her diarrhea, which cleared up fine after a dose of Kaopectate.
I called her vet this morning and they told me the aspirin would hurt her kidneys and not to use it anymore. I can't get her in to be seen by the vet until tomorrow.
The whole family is on its last nerve here. Is there any OTC pain medication I can give her that's safe?
I'm not seeing anything online that's been helpful. I asked the vet's office to have a tech call me back and give me some advice, but I don't necessarily trust that they are going to be forthcoming with treatment that might make them irrelevant, if you know what I mean.