When you find that your dog is not acting as his or her usual furry ball of joy; this may be an indication that your dog is in pain. It maybe because of an injury, infection, or a disease.
Unlike humans, dogs cannot communicate this and this is why it is important to recognize the beginning signs of when your dog is in pain.
This will allow you to make sure your pet becomes comfortable and pain free. So what can you do as a pet owner to provide pain relief for your dog?
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs are over the counter pain medication that helps reduce swelling, stiffness and joint pain in humans however, these medications can also have the same affect on your dog.
Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that not all NSAIDs are meant for dogs as they can cause serious health problems that can sometimes lead to death.
- RIMADYL (carprofen)
- METACAM (meloxicam)
- DERAMAXX (deracoxib)
- PREVICOX (firocoxib)
- NOVOCOX (carprofen)
- VETPROFEN (carprofen)
- CARPRIEVE (carprofen)
- QUELLIN (carprofen)
- OROCAM (meloxicam)
- LOXICOM (meloxicam)
- MELOXIDYL (meloxicam)
These medications usually do well with dogs, but may also have a few side effects. However, in some rare cases they can still cause kidney, liver or digestive problems. However, there is a simple way that you can easily tell if your dog is having a bad reactions; which is by remembering the signs of the word BEST.
- Behavior changes
- Eating less
- Skin redness
- Tarry diarrhea or vomiting
What Should You Ask the Vet Before Giving NSAIDs?
Before giving any kind of medication to your pet it is always important to consult your vet. It is important to ask how much and how long you should be giving the medication to your dog. In addition, possible side effects and what you should make sure your dog avoids while given pain relief medications.
Sometimes NSAIDs do not work and veterinarians may need to prescribe some other form of medications to help with the pain.
Some of the other pet medications may include:
- Amantadine – This medication can help dogs with treating aches from arthritis, disk disease and cancer. Some of the side effects may include diarrhea and agitation.
- Gabapentin – This medication is a pain treatment that helps with damaged nerves. It may make your dog sleepy which is why it is best to give it during the night.
- Tramadol – This mediation is another kind of painkiller. It is usually given to older dogs that are in discomfort because of aging complications. Some of the side effects may include upset stomach, decreased heart rate, panting and constipation.
Other Pain Relief Measures
Sometimes when the pain in your dog is caused by diseases like arthritis, there are other forms of pain relief that can be used where you do not need to give your pet medications.
For instance, dietary changes by adding omega 3 fatty acids which helps reduce joint inflammation. Also weight loss which can help with joint pain and inflammation in the body; therefore, acting like a painkiller.
Additionally, physical therapy like acupuncture, cold laser treatments and other treatments can also help manage pain in your dog.
Herbal Pain Remedies for Dogs
Scullcap – is an herbal medication that can help with relieving pain from injuries or diseases. In addition, it can help relieve anxiety, nervousness and travel sickness in dogs and cats. It also does not cause drowsiness and does not interfere with motor coordination. Some side effects may develop when overused; this may include liver damage.
St. John’s Wort – is an herbal medication that helps with reducing pain in dogs. This medication brings pain relief from muscle, joint and/or nerve ending pains from prior injuries. This herbal medication can be used externally in the form of an oil or cream. But also internally through a pill.
Licorice – is another herbal medication that helps with reducing inflammation in the joints which may cause pain. This acts as pain relief as it contains a substance called Glyctthizin. This medication is especially effective if your dog is suffering from arthritis. Some of the side effects that you should be aware of include water retention, high blood pressure and low blood potassium.
Cayenne – is an herbal medication that helps reduce pain and increase circulation. In addition, it can also help with reducing inflammation which may be the root cause for your dog’s pain. It is usually in the form of a cream or ointment.
Ginger – is an herbal method to help reduce pain in dogs. It is an antioxidant and acts an anti-inflammatory. This works well if your dog is suffering from stomach or muscle pain. The best way to use is with fresh warm, mashed ginger that is rubbed in the areas which is causing the pain.