How to Manage Pain in Dogs

You need to contact your veterinarian as soon as you notice signs and symptoms of pain in your dog. A veterinarian can investigate to determine the cause of pain and recommend treatment to offer relief. Usually pain can be managed even if the cause is unclear.

It’s your ethical responsibility to help your dog if he or she is experiencing pain.

Here’s What You Should Do if You Think Your Dog is in Pain

No. 1   Try to stay calm.

No. 2   Never administer human medications.

No. 3   Don’t try to diagnose your dog on your own.

No. 4   Don’t use any medication that wasn’t specifically prescribed for your dog.

No. 5   Contact your veterinarian to book an appointment, even if symptoms seem mild.

Examinations and tests can help identify conditions, diseases, infections or injuries that are causing pain. Some conditions (e.g. infections) can be cured while others (e.g. chronic diseases) can only be managed.

REMEMBER: If the cause is unclear, pain management treatment may be suggested to manage the symptoms and offer relief from pain.

A Common Cause of Pain in Dogs

Osteoarthritis (OA) – also known as degenerative joint disease – is a common cause of pain in dogs.

Pain Management Options

  • Safe exercise suited to your dog
  • Physical therapy may help alleviate some pain
  • Veterinary-prescribed NSAIDs are often necessary to reduce and manage pain in dogs
  • Other medications prescribed by your veterinarian

NSAIDs = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Dogs with certain conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis) can enjoy a better quality of life with the right treatment plan. Certain NSAIDs specifically help with stiffness, joint pain and swelling.

IMPORTANT 

Get verbal and written instructions on how to administer medications and ask about possible side effects. If you notice a reaction to medications, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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