It’s distressing to see your dog in pain. Illness, injury, old age, infection and arthritis are among the most common culprits. Some pain issues are more elusive requiring a vet’s diagnosis.
Treating pain in canines is a very broad topic. We’ll touch on the use of NSAIDs as well as safer and more natural approaches. Since you are here reading this, it’s likely you’re a proactive dog owner. That’s a good sign that you’re dog will start feeling better soon.
Dogs don’t fully understand what they’re going through when they experience pain. Such a scenario can be frightening, possibly causing aggressive behavior and a vicious cycle of unhappiness. So controlling your dog’s pain is important for overall well-being.
Can I Give My Dog Something for Pain? Answer: Yes
There are both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as alternatives, you can use to help ease your dog’s pain.
Several pain medications can purchased without a prescription including popular NSAIDS. They’re often effective but can be extremely dangerous for dogs if you don’t know what you’re doing. We encourage you to consult with a vet before administering such meds. With any luck, they’ll prescribe Rimadyl which may be your best bet!
Careful Use of NSAIDS
Obviously, human formulated drugs can be very dangerous for dogs. For example, did you know Aspirin can thin your dog’s blood? Any subsequent bruising, soft tissue injuries or internal injuries may then result in internal bleeding. So instead of alleviating pain, inappropriate use of these drugs may end up causing more problems. This is particularly true for puppies and dogs with liver, kidney, heart and/or intestinal problems.
We cover many of the popular brand name pain medicines, so you are encouraged to do a site search for a particular NSAID drug.
Diagnosis Comes First
A good veterinarian will provide proper diagnosis which can form a solid basis for successful treatment. There may be something going on in your dog’s internals which can only be determined with a thorough check-up. Only then will you get the most appropriate medicine for treating their pain.
Signs of Dog Pain
Canine pain may be short-lived or long-lasting such as the type caused by arthritis. In any case, some dog owners may not be aware that their dog’s pain problems. The most common signs are shivering, turning down food and/or water, whining, decreased level of activity, aggression, depression and physical problems like limping. If you see the onset of these symptoms, keep a close watch and consider seeking professional help.
A Natural Solution to Pain
If your dog has been struggling with pain and you haven’t found much success, there are other options. Consider trying acupuncture. More vets are training to become knowledgeable in this ancient field of medicine. It really does help!
Apply Hot or Cold Compress
Home use of a hot or cold compress are effective ways to ease your pet’s pain. These methods can relax and soothe your dog. Cold compress helps to minimize swelling. Hot compress, when applied to the back or shoulders, can help alleviate certain aches and pains. A hot compress is especially useful for a pulled muscle or arthritis. However, sometimes it’s best to avoid direct application to the swollen area.
Limiting Their Movements
Constant movement can sometimes worsen your dog’s condition. To control your pet from moving about, consider temporarily crating them. Avoid taking them for walks for the time being. Have them take it easy!
Water & Food Priority
Eating may be a challenge if your dog is in pain. Some dogs have a tendency to lose their appetite when not feeling well. The same goes for water but take whatever necessary measures to keep your dog well hydrated. For food, try to find special treats that are hard to refuse. If your dog still won’t eat, it may mean the pain is quite serious and you probably need to see a vet.
Conclusion on Treating Pain
Yes, you can give your dog something to ease pain. There are effective pain relievers, including several NSAIDs and Carprofen varieties, which also work for dogs. But you really must understand the many dangers of providing these human pain medications without a vet’s guidance. The use of natural alternatives instead of modern pain killers, when possible, is more desirable including those suggested here.