Pain Relief For Dogs
There are many medications available for dog pain relief nowadays. These are available from your veterinarian who is the most competent person to do so. However, there are a number of over the counter drugs and natural remedies available that can deliver pain relief for dogs.
These natural remedies can be herbal or homeopathic, acupuncture and acupressure, physical therapy, dietary change and modification.
The drugs used to treat pain are Analgesics, and there are many different types. Morphine and Codeine are very powerful narcotic drugs and cannot be obtained unless you have a prescription or you are given types of these drugs after a visit to your vet with your dog.
Pain relief for your dog can be managed at home using over the counter (OTC) drugs such as aspirin. Enteric- coated aspirin or buffered aspirin as it is sometimes known is safer than the regular form of aspirin as it does not cause stomach problems such as ulcers.
Always follow the recommended dosage of aspirin when providing pain relief for dogs. The rule of thumb for aspirin dosage is; 10mg/lb, but remember to always check with your vet before administering any form of aspirin.
This method of pain relief for dogs should only be for a few days. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug and is classed as a NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug).
To treat arthritis and other conditions where there is inflammation, there are much safer anti-inflammatory drugs available for your dog. These have been clinically tested and are generally less likely to cause stomach ulcers or problems. Even glucosamine for dogs is a valid option, albeit not a quick fix.
Make sure you talk to your veterinarian and he will answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding pain relief for dogs. If the dog is to be treated for the long term, the vet will do blood work before commencing medication and again every 3 to 6 months to determine if there are any kidney or liver problems.
The vet may have to adjust the dosage and frequency of the medication or change to a different drug. Many over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs are quite unreliable in their absorption times, and each individual dog is different.
Keep an eye on your dogs weight as a loss of weight can impact the dosage required of the pain medicine for dogs. You don’t want to be inadvertently over dosing your pet!
Some breeds such as the Labrador are particularly susceptible to complications. Pain relief for dogs is not something to be taken lightly, and simply administering over the counter drugs can result in unnecessary complications, and can even be toxic and kill the very friend you are trying to help.
Ibuprofen is another readily available drug but it should never be used in pain relief for dogs. If pain relievers are being used to treat your dog, make sure that you restrict its movement, because the dog may overuse a limb and further damage it, resulting in more unnecessary pain and a delay in recovery time.
There are a number of other options you can try to bring pain relief for dogs and these can be as discussed earlier; acupuncture and acupressure (self-explanatory), dietary change and physical therapy such as gentle exercise and swimming.
Swimming is by far the best form of exercise because the buoyancy of the water naturally supports the weight of the dog. Another form of therapy that can often be overlooked is massage. A very gentle massage can bring pain relief for dogs, as can heat therapy.
Heat therapy can be a relatively simple matter of holding a hot water bottle wrapped in a pillowslip on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat therapy works by increasing blood flow to the area and therefore speeding up the recovery time.
If you notice a sudden swelling on a joint that was not there the day before, try using cold therapy. Just as you would use an ice pack on a twisted or sprained ankle, you can use the same process to bring pain relief for dogs.
Hold the pack in place for 20 minutes and then remove for 20 minutes, repeat this 3 or 4 times a day. After a couple of days of this therapy there will be a significant reduction in the swelling. Vitamins can also help in pain relief for dogs, some of these are; B1, B2, B6 and Vitamin C.
Consult your vet for recommended dosage amounts and frequency.
Regular check-ups and a healthy diet are extremely important for the health of your dog. Make sure your dog is exercised regularly and also groom your dog. Check out the brief video below for some of the exercises you can consider for your dog.If your dog appears in pain, consult the vet to make sure you get the correct information and medication to achieve pain relief for your dog.