Gabapentin is not FDA-approved for veterinary use. There is no regulation for this drug when it comes to administering it to dogs. Some veterinarians are prescribing gabapentin precisely because of the side effects, such as sedation. Dogs are given gabapentin before a stressful situation, such as traveling or a vet visit. The owners don’t realize that the sedation is actually a side effect of a strong drug that is normally given to epileptic patients.
Hip dysplasia develops in young dogs, during the first few months, but they may not start showing any symptoms of hip pain and deformity until later in life. Dog owners become aware that something is off with the dog’s hips when they notice lameness, meaning the dog’s stance and walk are visibly impaired and abnormal.