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What medication can be given to dogs for pain

What medication can be given to dogs for pain

     

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    What medication can be given to dogs for pain?

    It's possible that your dog is in discomfort if they haven't been acting themselves lately. They could be suffering from an accident, infection, or sickness. Or perhaps they're beginning to feel the effects of aging.


    When your pet is in pain, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. But don't try to figure out what their issue is. To find out what's wrong, go to your veterinarian.


    There are a variety of approaches that can be used to alleviate their suffering. Your veterinarian will prescribe medication based on the situation and your dog's medical history.


    NSAIDs

    NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, assist humans to reduce swelling, stiffness, and joint pain, and they can aid your dog as well. They can help a dog with arthritis or one who has recently had surgery.


    Don't, however, offer your dog anything from your medicine cabinet. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen should not be given to your dog.


    Some of the NSAIDs available are specifically for dogs:


    - carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)

    - deracoxib (Deramaxx)

    - firocoxib (Previcox)

    - meloxicam (Metacam )


    NSAIDs are generally safe and have few negative effects on dogs. They can, however, cause kidney, liver, and intestinal problems in certain people.


    If your dog is having a negative reaction to an NSAID, you might be able to tell. The term BEST is a simple method to recall the signs:


     - Behavior changes

     - Eating less

     - Skin redness, scabs

     - Tarry stool/diarrhea/vomiting


    Stop giving your dog the medicine and contact your veterinarian if you see these symptoms.


    Aspirin is an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Your veterinarian may allow you to give it to your dog for a limited time if they have an injury or another short-term problem. 

    It's not suggested for long-term usage in dogs due to the increased risk of negative effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding. Coated aspirin is easier on the stomach, and the pills should be taken with food. 

    Consult your veterinarian for advice on how much and how often to use it.


    Other Medications

    Veterinarians rarely prescribe other types of medicines because NSAIDs are usually effective at treating pain. However, your dog may require more options at times. Gabapentin or tramadol may be discussed with you by your veterinarian.


    - Gabapentin is used to alleviate pain caused by injured nerves in both people and dogs. For the first few days, it may make your dog sleepy, but this generally passes. It's possible that your veterinarian will prescribe it alongside other medications.


    - Tramadol is a pain reliever that acts in a similar way to other non-addictive opioids. Vets occasionally administer it to aged pets that are in chronic pain. An upset stomach, vomiting, and dizziness are some of the possible adverse effects. If you have any concerns, speak with your veterinarian.


    Veterinarians only use heavier opiates for a brief period of time. Steroids are rarely prescribed for pain because they can have major side effects. Steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen) should never be taken together.


    Supplements

    Alternative treatments such as glucosamine and chondroitin are highly popular. It's unclear whether they help, but some study suggests that they may reduce edema and aid cartilage healing. They may also assist in the protection and lubrication of existing cartilage.


    Before giving your dog any medicine, including vitamins, always consult your veterinarian.


    Request a written copy of your pet's treatment plan, as well as for instructions (and a demonstration) on how to administer the medications. Make sure you only take the medication as directed by your veterinarian. Too much or too little of something might be problematic. 

    Medications should not be shared between pets. What is beneficial to one animal may not be beneficial to another.


    You may not be able to completely alleviate your dog's discomfort, but you should be able to help them feel better. You may need to try a few different things with your veterinarian's help to figure out what works best.


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