How to Heal a Dog's Pulled Muscle

By Lorrell Kay

A pulled muscle is a very painful injury for your dog to have. According to Dr. Jim Baker, DVM of the Wasola Animal Health Clinic, baby aspirin can be given to a dog with a pulled muscle to help relieve pain and reduce swelling. Baker said the best thing for your dog if she has a pulled muscle is rest. It may take anywhere from a week to a month for a pulled muscle to heal. The more rest your dog gets, the faster a pulled muscle will heal. There are a few things you can do to help comfort your dog and help her injury heal.


Weigh your dog on the bathroom scales to get an accurate weight.

Give your dog baby aspirin at a rate of 10 milligrams per pound of body weight. That means for an 8-pound dog you would give her one 80-milligram baby aspirin. Do this every 12 hours to help with pain and swelling.

Rub down the affected area with rubbing alcohol.

Prepare a Bedding Area

Lay an old blanket down on the floor or on your dog's sleeping pad.

Put the heating pad on top of the blanket.

Turn the heating pad on the lowest setting.

Cover the heating pad with the second blanket.

Encourage your dog to spend time resting on the heating pad.