How many mg of gabapentin can I give my dog?

Answered by Jason Smith

Gabapentin is a medication that is commonly used in veterinary medicine to manage various conditions in dogs, including chronic pain, seizures, and anxiety. The dosage of gabapentin can vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual dog’s response to the medication. It is important to consult with your veterinarian before starting or adjusting the dosage of gabapentin for your dog.

Typically, gabapentin is dosed in dogs at a range of 5-30 mg/kg, up to three times daily. This dosage range provides flexibility to adjust the dose based on your dog’s needs and response to the medication. For example, a 10 kg (22 lb) dog would receive a dose of 50-300 mg of gabapentin, depending on the desired dose within the range.

In some cases, higher doses may be necessary, especially for dogs with severe or uncontrolled pain. In our own clinical experience, we have used doses of gabapentin ranging from 10-40 mg/kg, up to three times daily. However, it is important to note that individual responses to gabapentin can vary, and higher doses may increase the risk of side effects.

When starting gabapentin, it is usually recommended to begin with the lowest effective dose and gradually increase if needed. This allows for careful monitoring of your dog’s response and helps to minimize the risk of side effects. It is also important to follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding the frequency of dosing and any specific instructions for administration.

It is worth mentioning that gabapentin is generally well-tolerated in dogs, but some dogs may experience side effects such as sedation, dizziness, or gastrointestinal upset. If you notice any concerning side effects or changes in your dog’s behavior, it is important to contact your veterinarian.

The dosage of gabapentin for dogs can range from 5-30 mg/kg, up to three times daily. However, individual dosing may vary based on the specific condition being treated and the response of the individual dog. It is crucial to work closely with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate dosage for your dog and to monitor their response to the medication.