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 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 are a proactive dog owner. That’s a good sign 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. 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 also be extremely dangerous for pet 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 but 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 the source of 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 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. A hot compress is especially useful for a pulled muscle or general arthritis.

Another Possible Alternative

If your dog has been struggling with pain and you haven’t found much success, there are other options. 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!

Some Other 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 tends 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 and you should seriously consider seeing a vet.

Conclusion on Treating Pain

There are many options for easing dog pain yet truly effective solutions can be difficult. 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 natural alternatives such as those discussed here, instead of modern pain killers, is preferable when possible.

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Patrice September, 2015

We have a 7 year old miniature Pinscher Chihuahua mix. He has developed a severe fear of the vet after having his nail cut which made him bleed. Now when we get into the vet’s clinic parking lot he just goes crazy and we are unable to even get him out of the car. He bit my husband in his frenzy last time. We have tried going to other vets but the same thing happens when we get into the building and we were refused service the last time.

Now he is acting like he has pain. I remember that he was trying to go out of the door yesterday and it hit him in the side and he yelped. He was okay after that but today he is acting like something hurts. When I picked him up, holding him under his belly, he yelped and jumped down. What can I do?

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Regina July, 2015

My dog Walter went the groomer last Saturday, the same groomer for the last 5 years. He looked good and I brought him home. Later he began to scratch his shoulders with his hind legs, so bad that the shoulders began the bleed. I called the groomer and they claimed nothing new was used. Walter has an injury so bad, he can’t jump at all and has trouble walking sometimes.

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Chris Carlier May, 2015

Thank you for sharing this information on what we can do when our dog is injured. I just bought a Golden Retriever and he is so much fun. Recently he has been having some problems with his back leg. He seems to be limping quite a bit and I am not sure what to do. Like you said, it would be important to find a good veterinarian to provide a proper diagnosis.

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Keith April, 2015

We got a 6 month old Yorkiepoo from a breeder who was going to put the pup down because he broke his leg and it never set properly. He’s always limped but he’s now 2 1/2 years old and limps more noticeably when the weather is humid. Any ideas on how to treat this?

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Jena April, 2015

I would take him to the vet to have x-rays done. Then they’ll be able to make a suggestion. They will likely want to re-break the bone and set it correctly, and may even want to put a plate in to keep in strong. I’d do it now, while he’s young, as the time to heal will be less than later down the road. Plus, depending on the severity of the injury, it may be affecting his kneecap which will cause unnecessary stress and eventually arthritis including Patellar luxation.

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Jasmine March, 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. Please help, it breaks my heart to see him uncomfortable.

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