It’s distressing to see your pet dog in pain. Illness, injury, infection, old age and arthritis are among the most common culprits. Some causes are more elusive and require a diagnosis.
In any case, pain can be frightening for a dog which may cause 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. A pet’s pain doesn’t have to be permanent because here are ways to help!
Can I Give My Dog Something for Pain? Answer: Yes
Prescription and over-the-counter meds are often used to ease canine pain but alternatives are much safer and often equally effective.
We personally use canine pain tablets mixed in with moist dog food and they 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
Providing an NSAID as a pain medication for your dog is risky. They’re often effective but also dangerous. 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.
We cover many of the popular brand name pain medications. You are encouraged to do a site search for a particular NSAID drug. But it may be more appropriate to provide your dog with Rimadyl, so ask your vet about that possibility.
A Diagnosis Must Come First
A proper 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 Pet Pain Problems
Your dog’s pain problems could be short-lived or long-lasting such as the type caused by arthritis. Common signs include shivering, turning down food and/or water, whining, decreased level of activity, aggression, depression and physical signs like limping. You probably know the suffering all too well.
Use of Hot or Cold Compress
The use of a hot or cold compress is another way to ease a 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 alleviate some aches and pains. The hot kind is especially useful for a pulled muscle or general arthritis.
The Acupuncture Alternative
If your dog has been struggling with pain, and you haven’t found much success, then having an open mind may open up alternatives. Consider canine acupuncture since more vets are training to become knowledgeable in this ancient field of medicine. It can really help!
Some More Helpful Pain Tips
Constant movement can, in some situations, worsen your dog’s condition. Consider temporarily crating them to prevent your pet from moving about too much. Avoid long walks for the time being. Have your dog take it easy until the pain subsides.
Eating may become a challenge 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. Consider seeing a veterinary professional to reduce suffering.
Conclusion on Treating Pain
There are many options for easing your dog’s pain, but some are potentially harmful. Several human NSAID brands can help 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 canine pain tablets are much preferred to conventional meds.