December 3, 2010

Dog Pain Relief

Filed under: dog pain — Dr. Amber Reed @ 4:18 pm

There may be a wide range of reasons that your dog is suffering pain.  Whether your dog has been diagnosed with some illness, had a recent accident, or is dealing with a chronic condition, pain can seriously compromise your dog’s health and happiness.  As a dog owner, you obviously want to make your beloved pet as comfortable as possible and as such you might seek out dog meds or alternative treatments for dog pain relief.

Essentially, there are two categories of pain that may be affecting your dog.  Acute pain is characterized by sudden pain usually resulting from an injury.  When the injury heals, your dog’s pain likely disappears and the greater implications on pet health are less serious.  On the other hand, chronic pain is characterized by persisting pain even after an injury has healed.  Chronic dog pain relief is more difficult to treat and usually requires dog medication because the pain is usually associated with a more serious condition.  For example, arthritis can cause chronic pain and since arthritis cannot be cured, your dog will live with this pain likely for many years.

Fortunately, there are many available treatments for dog pain relief.  First let’s talk about dog drugs that can be useful for controlling chronic or acute pain.  For the most part, dog medication and human medication are quite similar when it comes to pain relief.  While doses are different and you should never give your dog medication without the guidance of a veterinarian, dogs may take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), narcotics like morphine or codeine, and even acetaminophen or dog aspirin.

Furthermore, there are a number of natural dog pain relief treatments including acupuncture and massage.  Regardless of whether you’re looking for dog drugs or natural dog pain relief treatments, you should speak to your vet about what is best for your dog.  In time, you should be able to help your dog manage his pain so he can live his life in comfort.

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