Can I Give My Dog Something for Pain?

Can I Give My Dog Something For Pain?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 canine pain is a very broad topic. Here we’ll discuss the use of NSAIDs as well as safer and more natural approaches. Since you’re here, it’s likely you’re a proactive dog owner. That’s a good sign that you’re dog will start feeling better soon.

Certainly pain can be frightening for a dog, possibly causing aggressive behavior and a vicious cycle of unhappiness. So, as you know, controlling your pet’s pain is incredibly important. We’ll try to recommend solutions which are safer than dangerous human medications.

Can I Give My Dog Something for Pain? Answer: Yes

Some prescription and OTC medications can be used to help ease your dog’s pain but several alternatives are much safer.

We aren’t crazy about using NSAIDs as canine pain medication. They’re often effective but can be extremely dangerous for dogs. At the very least, consult with a vet before administering such meds. With any luck, they’ll prescribe Rimadyl if you wish to go that route.

Instead, for our dogs, we use two different all-natural anti-inflammatory products (this one and also this one). These work very well, and thank goodness for that! But understand, as previously stated, there are many sources of pet pain. The above recommendations tend to help with pain resulting from inflammation and arthritis.

Diagnosis Comes First

A good veterinarian can provide a proper diagnosis, forming 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.

Dangers of NSAIDs

There are so many reasons to avoid conventional pain pills when it comes to treating your beloved pet dog. Instead of alleviating pain, inappropriate use 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. Do a site search for a particular NSAID drug.

Signs of Pain Problems

There are so many types of pain. It could be short-lived or long-lasting such as the type caused by arthritis. In any case, common signs include shivering, turning down food and/or water, whining, decreased level of activity, aggression, depression and physical problems like limping. You probably know the suffering all too well.

Hot or Cold Compress

The use of a hot or cold compress is another way to ease pet 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 alleviate some aches and pains. A hot compress is especially useful for a pulled muscle or general arthritis.

Yet Another Alternative

If your dog has been struggling with pain and you haven’t found much success, there are even more potential solutions. Consider trying acupuncture if you are open minded. More vets are training to become knowledgeable in this ancient field of medicine. It really can help!

Limit Their Movements

Constant movement can, in some situations, 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 until the pain subsides.

Water & Food Importance

Eating may become a challenge, and an important indicator, when your dog’s in pain. They have a tendency to lose their appetite when not feeling well. The same goes for water, so take necessary measures to keep your dog well-hydrated. If you aren’t having success, it may mean the pain is quite serious and you should seriously consider seeing a vet.

Conclusion on Treating Pain

There are many options for easing your dog’s pain. Several human NSAID brands can work for dogs but you must know the dangers of providing such pain medications without a vet’s guidance. It’s best not to risk it! Consider getting a proper diagnosis. In any case, the use of a natural alternative instead of modern pain killers, when possible, is much more desirable.

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Jasmine March 29, 2015

I have an 11 month old Morkie who is normally very active. He was fine one minute, and then the next he was limping. I didn’t see it happen, but I believe he may have jumped from my king size bed and landed incorrectly. I checked his leg and he lets me touch it with no problem. There are no issues with his nails or webbing. I’m not sure how to ease his discomfort. I called he vet, but can’t get in for another day or so. Please help, it breaks my heart to see him uncomfortable.

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Wanda March 27, 2015

My girl’s puppy can’t walk and I think she may have a broke leg. What can I do for pain? The pet hospitals are too expensive. I don’t like to see her suffer like this. Can she have any pain meds?

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Kelly March 11, 2015

I have a puppy that cut her foot open on top. It is quite small, about 1 centimeter, but I can see in her actions and movements that she’s in pain. Can I give her aspirin?

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Jade March 4, 2015

I have an eight month old Labradoodle-Dogue de Bordeaux. He is really limping and very quiet. He’s always laiding down and lost a lot of weight. What I can do to get my lively happy puppy back?

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Kathleen February 22, 2015

My sister’s dog is a 14 year old Boston Terrier with very bad dental disease. She can’t afford a vet and I feel the dog is suffering. She has all the symptoms of periodontal disease. Her nose runs and she has few teeth as well as the worst breath on earth. She is thinning due to not eating much, feeling bad, old age and lack of teeth. How can my sister help her ease her way out of this life without the expensive care of a veterinarian? It pains me to watch both my sister and the dog, Molly, go through this. Can you help us relieve the pain for the dog?

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Zack February 24, 2015

You need to put her down. 14 years is the end of the road for a dog. Your sister shouldn’t just keep her living a painful life.

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Kathleen February 25, 2015

Thanks Zack. I would put her down if she were mine but she’s not and my sister has an extremely hard time dealing with it. I feel for the both of them.

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