Pain Relief for Dogs

Dogs are probably the most loved and the most cared for pets. Dogs may not have the ability to complain but an observant pet owner would know if the dog is in pain. A perceptive owner would know if the pet is off-color even though the dog cannot communicate what it feels. Vets are the experts in these matters but an owner that has closely bonded with the pet would be more attuned to what the dog is feeling. Due to the expertise, a vet would know what ails the dog but the close attachment makes owners know if something is wrong with the pet. No dog owner would want to see the pet hurting thus it is common for owners to reach for a medication that gives them pain relief and medicate the pet themselves. Customarily, a dog owner wanting to alleviate the pain of the pet would administer his/her own medication for pain. Although dogs can suffer from the same diseases that afflicts humans it is not advisable to give the pet human medications for pain relief. Human disease can affects dogs too but it would be unwise to give the dog medications formulated for humans.

A dog would be weighed down with temporary or persistent pain. Acute or temporary pain can result from surgery or from injuries that damage bones and muscles of the dog. Acute and temporary pain can occur as an aftermath of surgery or when the bones and muscles were hurt from an injury. Chronic or persistent pains are most common in older dogs with musculoskeletal concerns. Older dogs commonly suffer from chronic or persistent pain due to musculoskeletal health concerns. It is your job to provide the pet relief from pain. The pets will depend on the owners to provide them with relief from pain. Dogs in pain can be given analgesics, the drugs that relieve all kinds of pains. To relieve any kind of pain, analgesics are commonly given to dogs.

Several options are available to ease the pain of the dog. In veterinary facilities, these pain medications are usually given intravenously or through injections. Pain medications are commonly injected or administered intravenously in vet facilities. Home treatments calls for oral administration of pain medications. If the pet is not hospitalized, the pain medication is usually administered orally. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications that were originally formulated for humans are also given to dogs. It has been the habit of pet owners to give a dog in pain non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that were specifically formulated for humans. Although these NSAIDs can cause stomach and intestinal bleeding, they are given to the pets as they are effective in giving the dog relief from pain. Adverse effects such as stomach and intestinal bleeding are manifested by dogs given NSAIDs for pain. NSAIDs that were newly formulated were proven to be more pet friendly. Newer NSAIDs though were proven effective in alleviating pain without the side effects. Metacam, Mobic and Rimadyl can alleviate the pain without causing intestinal bleeding. Examples of these newer pain medications that do not cause intestinal bleeding are Mobic, Rimadyl and Metacam. Narcotic medications are also given to dogs for their pain relieving capabilities. Narcotic medication is administered to dogs weighed down with pain because of their pain relieving efficacy. With humans, narcotics can cause addiction. Addiction is a risk if narcotics are administered to humans. Fortunately addiction is not a problem with dogs. Addiction though does not happen to dogs.
Arthritis causes chronic pain. Dog Gone Pain (DGP) is considered by pet owners as one of the most effective medications that can immediately ease the pet’s pain. Dog Gone Pain is one effective pain relief. Joint inflammation causes the dog debilitating pain. Inflamed joints can give the dog severe pain. Corticosteroids have very little pain relief capability but these are effective anti-inflammatory medications. Corticosteroids may not be big on pain relief but these meds have excellent anti inflammatory capabilities.

Dogs have always been favored pets because of the difference they make to people’s lives. You have a lot of choices to help the pet but be sure that the one you have chosen would not only give pain relief but one that would safe for the dog as well. In opting for a medication that will give the pet relief from pain, you as a responsible owner has to consider the safety of the pet as well.

Find out more about what you can give a dog for pain as well as information on first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.