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It’s very distressing to see your dog in pain. We know because we’ve been there!
Various illnesses, physical injury, infection and arthritis are the common culprits. Some causes, on the other hand, aren’t so easy to pin down.
One thing is for sure:
Lingering pain must be addressed. If you can, get a diagnosis. Otherwise, pain can cause a pet dog to develop aggressive behavior and a vicious cycle of unhappiness ensues.
Are you looking for a safe solution for a furry friend (rather than using potentially dangerous medications)? There are ways to help! Keep reading…
Your Dog Does Not Have To Suffer With Pain
Let’s touch on medications first, but also look at various other options.
Conventional Pain Meds
Providing a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory to your dog certainly isn’t without risks.
They are often effective, but also quite dangerous. You must talk with your vet before administering any potent drugs.
The thing is…
Powerful drugs can easily cause more suffering. Pain reducing pharmaceuticals are a double edge sword and this is particularly true for puppies and dogs with liver, kidney, heart and/or intestinal problems.
That’s not to say all brands are totally off limits!
Rimadyl has a pretty good reputation for helping dogs as does Metacam and Previcox. Talk to your vet about those particular names.
A Hot or Cold Compress
A hot or cold compress is a proven way to, at least temporarily, ease your buddy’s pain.
This will also relax and soothe your dog.
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A cold compress minimizes swelling, while a hot compress can reduce most aches and pains. Heat is especially useful for a pulled muscle but also for arthritis.
Keep an open mind and consider unconventional alternatives.
Many dogs, having struggled with pain for a long time, can be helped with acupuncture.
Yes, it’s a pain solution for pets. In fact, vets are increasingly taking interest in this ancient field of medicine because it works!
A Diagnosis Comes First
We understand it can be expensive, but you really should get your dog properly diagnosed.
There may be something going on with their internals and that would require a thorough check-up.
Avoid experimental treatments whatever you do and, instead, do your best to address the actual source. That’s how you can truly eliminate a pet’s pain problems.
FYI: A top contributor to dog depression is ongoing, debilitating pain.
More Pet Pain Pointers
Constant movement may worsen your dog’s condition.
Temporarily crating them can prevent injuries when they’re most vulnerable.
You may need to put a stop to extended walks for the time being. Have your dog take it easy until their pain subsides.
Eating may also become a challenge. Pets tend to lose their appetites when not feeling well. The same goes for water, so focus on keeping your dog hydrated.
The Bottom Line
As we have discussed here, there are several options for easing a precious pet dog’s pain.
The most popular treatment remains NSAIDs, though there are considerable downsides that need to be well understood.
A vet’s diagnosis and expert care is, by far, smartest way to go about treating a dog with persistent pain.
But, at least in the short term, quality pet pain pills are much preferred to human drugs.