It’s distressing to see your dog in pain. Illness, injury, infection, old age and arthritis are among the most common culprits. Some of these issues are more elusive and require a diagnosis.
Pain can be frightening for dogs, possibly causing aggressive behavior and a vicious cycle of unhappiness. We’ll do our best to recommend safe solutions over potentially dangerous human medications.
It’s likely you are a proactive owner. That’s a good sign your dog will start feeling better soon. Pain doesn’t have to be permanent for your pet pooch. There are ways to help!
Can I Give My Dog Something for Pain? Answer: Yes
Prescription and over-the-counter meds are used by many to ease canine pain but alternatives are much safer and often equally effective.
We use an all-purpose liquid pain reliever made specifically for dogs that seems to work very well for our oldest. It’s designed for all sorts of aches and pains including those resulting from inflammation and arthritis. There are also very affordable aspirin-free chewable tablets which are getting excellent reviews from dog owners.
Conventional Pain Meds
Using NSAIDs as a pain medication for your dog is risky. They’re often effective but can also be extremely dangerous. At the very least, consult with a vet before administering these potent drugs. Instead of alleviating pain, inappropriate use may cause more suffering. This is particularly true for puppies and dogs with liver, kidney, heart and/or intestinal problems.
Diagnosis Comes First
A well-trained veterinarian’s diagnosis will 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 the source of their pain.
Signs of Pain Problems
Your dog’s pain problems 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 canine 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. The hot kind is especially useful for a pulled muscle or general arthritis.
Another Promising Alternative
If your dog has been struggling with pain and you haven’t found much success, there are other options. Consider canine acupuncture if you are open-minded. More vets are training to become knowledgeable in this ancient field of medicine. It can really help!
Some More Helpful Tips
Constant movement can, in some situations, worsen your dog’s condition. To prevent 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.
Eating may become a challenge during such vulnerable times, but it’s also an important indicator, when your dog is in pain. Pets tend to lose their appetites when they’re 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. Strongly consider seeing a veterinary professional to reduce suffering.
Conclusion on Treating Pain
There are many options for easing your dog’s pain, but several are potentially harmful. Several human NSAID brands can work but you must know the dangers of providing such pain medications without a vet’s detailed guidance. Many dogs have died due to lack of knowledge in this area. Getting a proper diagnosis is the best course of action for treating a pet’s pain. Finally, the use of natural alternatives is much preferred to conventional meds.