What can I Give My Dog For Pain?

What can I Give My Dog For Pain?

As all dedicated dog parents will agree – seeing your fur baby in pain or distress is one of the worst moments in life. Especially when you are not sure what is wrong, and how you can help alleviate the suffering.

Dogs are very good at masking and hiding pain as a basic survival instinct, which means that when it finally can become visible to us humans, it is already pretty bad.

The common belief that dogs don’t experience pain as we humans do is simply not true, because we know that their nervous systems are pretty similar to ours.

What makes matters worse is that dogs cannot explain what exactly is hurting and how much the pain is on a scale of 10.

The first question every owner asks themselves is – what can I give my dog for pain?

And many of us will admit that we have been tempted to open our medicine cabinets and reach out for a pain killer which has worked when we have been in pain.

The truth is though that this can further hurt the dog and make matters even worse for it because even the most harmless over-the-counter human medications for pain relief can be toxic and dangerous for canines.

If your pup seems to be in pain, we suggest that you stay away from any human medication, no matter what you happen to read online. This means no Tylenol, no Ibuprofen, Advil, or any pill which you would normally pop without a second thought when you feel unwell.

Your vet knows better how to manage the pain, and more importantly – how to find the source of the pain and treat it.

You can read on to find out everything you need to know about dog pain, how to recognize it, and what measures to take if your dog seems to be going through a painful episode, or has chronic pains.

What exactly is pain?

Pain is a result of a very complex interaction between the nerves in the brain and the spinal cord. It can vary in intensity and type and can be acute or chronic.

The purpose of acute pain is to alert the individual where the damage or problem is so that actions can be taken for preventing further harm.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is persistent and can last for months and even years. It is considered a health condition which needs to be addressed itself and is not always an indicator of an underlying illness or injury.

Since everybody is different, measuring it is a difficult and subjective process.

In dogs, it is even more difficult because dogs will hide any pain the best they can as a self-preservation instinct. Canines like other animals mask the pain to stay safe from predators looking for an injured or weakened victim.

So, assessing the type of pain and its intensity in dogs can be pretty challenging.

But how can you be sure that your pup is in pain?

Dog owners often are not sure whether their pup is in pain, or something else is bothering it.

Just like with us humans, it is essential that you know when the dog is in pain so that timely actions can be taken if there is a health problem or injury which needs immediate treatment.

Also, you need to know whether your dog is suffering from chronic pain, in order to find the reasons for this and search for a proper treatment to eliminate the pain or ways to manage it.

Even though dogs may not always limp, cry or otherwise show pain, this doesn’t mean they are not experiencing it.

A rule of the thumb is that something will cause pain to you, will very likely cause pain in the dog as well. So, if your dog has been injured or has undergone surgery it is pretty clear that it is in pain.

But in many other cases, the pain can remain hidden until the condition or reason causing it has advanced quite a bit.

This is why it is essential for dog owners to learn how to recognize pain in dogs so that they can act as quickly as possible to treat the dog.

Here are some signs which can indicate that your dog is hurting or in distress:

  • A change in the behavior and attitude of the dog
  • Reluctance to climb stairs
  • Decreased activity
  • A reluctance to play, go out or jump
  • Lagging behind when you take it out on a walk
  • A hunched up or a tense appearance
  • Showing resistance to being lifted up or handled
  • Unusual vocalizing or whimpering
  • Becoming quiet and withdrawn
  • A decreased appetite
  • It holds its ears flat against its head
  • Its tail is between its legs when it is usually upright and wagging
  • Constant licking of the sensitive or painful area
  • Unusual reactions when it is touched
  • Limping or a stiffness
  • Personality changes
  • Biting oneself or others
  • Growling when approached
  • Dilated pupils or red eyes
  • Swelling
  • A scared or submissive appearance
  • An inability to lie down
  • Constant trembling
  • Fingertip flinching
  • Furrowed brows and tense facial muscles
  • Drawn back lips
  • An unfocused or fearful look
  • Tensing abdomen
  • Standing in prayer position with the forelimbs flat on the ground and the rear legs standing
  • Short and shallow breathing
  • Elevated temperature
  • A rapid heart rate

Of course, these symptoms will differ from one dog to another. Since dog owners know what their pet’s “normal” is, they should be able to recognize any abnormalities in their attitude or behavior.

If you have a playful and bouncing pup which suddenly becomes withdrawn and lethargic, this should be something you should start worrying about and talk to your vet.

It is not unusual for the friendliest dogs to attempt to bite their owners when they are in pain or have another health issue bothering them too. This too is a sign that clearly something is wrong with the pup.

How can the dog’s pain be measured?

Many vets resort to pain scales when measuring the pain levels in canines. This is much more difficult than in humans because dogs cannot communicate and explain how intense the pain is like we can.

Most vets use pain scales to assess the level of pain a dog is suffering. However, because dogs can’t speak the results are based on the vet’s interpretation of the intensity of the pain. Neither can they say how long they have been experiencing it or where exactly it is coming from.

There are several veterinary pain scales which can be used. Some of them include different descriptor options in different behavioral categories, there are also questionnaires to measure the effects of chronic pain, acute postsurgical pain scales, visual rating scales, and simple descriptive scales.

The Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale (CMPS) is one of the most commonly used pain scales for pups, and assesses the following factors:

  • Demeanor
  • The dog’s response to people
  • The response to touch
  • Its posture, activity and mobility
  • Attention to the painful area
  • vocalization

Each of these categories has associated descriptions to choose from. Based on these descriptions and the scores, the pain of the dog is measured from a scale of 1 to 20, where 20 is the maximum pain score.

Diagnosing the cause of pain

The diagnostics process of the pup’s pain should begin from the moment you notice any tell-tale signs that the dog is in distress.

You should monitor the dog, its breathing pattern and respiratory rate. Also, note its facial expression, posture, the position of the ears, any tenseness in the body and any changes in its behavior or usual personality.

This is essential so you can inform your veterinarian about every single detail because often the symptoms can change significantly once the dog is in the clinic.

Once you get to the examination room, the veterinarian may want to examine the dog while you are present, as well as when you are out of the room.

Some anxious dogs will need their owners in the room at all times when the examination is performed. But even calmer dogs might try to mask their pain and make the examination even more challenging.

The vet will interview the owner about the normal behavior of the dog, and about the changes. Also, how the dog has handled pain on previous occasions.

Any further information can make assessing the intensity of the pain as well as finding the reason for it much easier.

After the initial visual examination, the veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination of the dog with care in order to reduce the risk of further stressing the dog.

The examination must be gentle, and any stressful procedures like checking the rectal temperature should be left until the end.

Pain in the abdominal area may be caused by pancreatitis, gastrointestinal obstruction, bloat, urethral obstruction, renal pain or others.

Pain in the limbs can be detected by testing the motion range and palpating the muscles, joints, and bones of the dog.

In case the source of the pain is already clear, there is no need for lengthy handling of the dog in distress.

If the source of the pain is not clear, any potential causes must be cleared before the vet proceeds with other tests.

What can I give my dog for pain at home?

We do tend to self-diagnose ourselves and buy and take over-the-counter medications for mild health problems and pain, but this is not the case in dogs.

However worried you are about Fido being in pain, do not attempt to give it a pain killer from your own medicine cabinet.

It is essential that you speak to your vet and take the dog for a thorough physical examination so that a proper diagnosis can be made. Based on the diagnosis, the vet will draw up the most suitable treatment plan.

There are certain veterinary drugs which are made to address pain in dogs, which are much safer to administer than human medicaments.

Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which is efficient for alleviating joint pain and arthritis in dogs, and so is Novox carprofen. These are not suitable for long-term use though.

Some of the safe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds for dogs are:

  • Carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)
  • Meloxicam (Metacam)
  • Deracoxib (Deramaxx)
  • Firocoxib (Previcox)

Always ask your vet for a safe pain-relief medicament before giving your pup anything for its distress.

Giving your dog your prescription pain meds can cause poisoning, kidney failure and even lead to death.

There are some over-the-counter drugs which can be safe for dogs but when given in the right dosage and always after consulting with the vet.

No matter what type of medicament you are giving to your dog, you should always be cautious and monitor it for any side effects or signs of an overdose or poisoning. Some of these symptoms include vomiting or tarry diarrhea, behavioral changes, redness or rashes on the skin, seizures or others.

If you suspect that your pup is suffering from a serious adverse reaction, an allergic reaction or has been poisoned by a medicament you should seek emergency treatment immediately!

Are over-the-counter pain medications safe for dogs?

In most cases, the answer is no. The over-the-counter pain meds which we usually take without any worries can be dangerous and even deadly for dogs.

These can be divided into two main categories – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen also known as Advil and Aleve, or acetaminophen which is commonly used in cold or flu medicaments such as Tylenol.

The problem with human pain medications and giving them to dogs is that it is very difficult to measure the appropriate dosage to administer, and the risk of causing an overdose is very high.

Also, some dogs are sensitive to certain drugs which can cause even further problems.

If your dog is already taking other medications, giving it a human pain-killer can cause harmful and even dangerous interactions with them.

So, here is a list of over-the-counter medications you should never give your dog:

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol and other flu or cold medicaments)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is toxic for canines, and paracetamol can be very dangerous for dogs if the wrong dosage is administered.

NSAIDs can cause the inhibited production of prostaglandin which is necessary for supporting many body functions including the blood flow to the kidneys, the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract, and the blood clotting process. Needless to say, the results can be devastating for the dog’s wellbeing and its life.

Be warned, that even a few milligrams of ibuprofen could cause severe damage or even be deadly for a dog, which is why you should keep Nuprin, Advil or Motrin safely locked away in your medicine cabinet and away from your pup.

Aspirin

Some vets may prescribe giving your dog baby aspirin for short-term pain relief of mild injury or pain, but it should be in coated tablet form so that it is easier on the pup’s stomach.

If your pet has advised you to give aspirin to your dog, always make sure it is given with food.

Also, it is safe for use in dogs for short-term relief, and should not be used for long term chronic pain like arthritis for example.

Aspirin can cause internal bleeding, or cause ulcers or other damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which is why you should always strictly follow the instructions for the appropriate dosage to give to your dog.

So, you should stick to coated tablets, use low dose baby aspirin, and always administer it with food when you are treating your dog with aspirin. And always do so under your vet’s supervision.

Tylenol

Even though Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an NSAID, it can still poison a dog, or cause the destruction of its liver cells, kidney damage, as well as insufficient oxygen delivery to the body organs and tissue.

Please keep in mind that even small doses of Tylenol or other medicaments with acetaminophen can cause rapid liver damage just 30 minutes after the intake of the pill. So make sure you drive to the nearest vet as soon as possible if your dog has had Tylenol.

Note that cats are about 10 times more sensitive to acetaminophen than dogs and even one standard Tylenol pill can kill a cat, so never give your cat Tylenol either!

Potential side effects of human NSAIDs intake in dogs

When your pup is in pain, the last thing you want to do is increase its distress and suffering. Unfortunately, this is exactly what would likely happen if you decide to “help” your dog and give it your own NSAID pain meds.

Here are some of the side effects which can occur if your dog has taken a human NSAID:

  • Severe and painful digestive problems
  • Vomiting with or without blood
  • Diarrhea with blood or not
  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Depression
  • Kidney problems and kidney failure
  • Liver dysfunction or liver failure
  • Internal bleeding
  • Death

So, how should pain in dogs be treated?

Now that you have already read what not to give to your dog when it is in pain, it is time to find out more about the safer and more efficient medicaments which can be used for relieving acute pain or managing chronic pain in canines.

You should always ask your vet for a consult about the best pain relief or pain management plan for your dog.

The most suitable drug will be chosen depending on the severity of the pain, its cause, as well as on the dog’s specific needs.

Here are some of the most common veterinarian pain relief medicaments which your vet can prescribe for your pup:

NSAIDs for dogs

These drugs are efficient for reducing any pain or swelling but they always must be used with caution due to the risk of kidney, liver, digestive or blood clotting problems.

They are usually prescribed for relieving mild to moderate pain and should be used in the prescribed dosage.

Opioids for dogs

They are used for severe pain, when your vet may prescribe morphine, fentanyl, codeine, buprenorphine or hydromorphone.

Opioids for dogs are usually prescribed for severe surgery pain and for pain related to advanced forms of cancer. In some cases, your vet may prescribe an opioid for your dog’s severe arthritis pain as well.

They can help maintain the good quality of the pup’s life in case it is experiencing severe chronic pain.

Corticosteroids

Cortisone, as well as synthetic cortisone-like drugs including prednisolone, prednisone, dexamethasone or methylprednisolone, are strong anti-inflammatory drugs which can have a profound effect on the dog’s condition.

In canines, they are often used for managing arthritic, dermatological or allergic pain and discomfort.

Nevertheless, they have some adverse effects which may affect the dog’s health in the long-term, so they should always be prescribed and used in dogs with caution.

Pain medications for dogs, and their potential side effects

Dramamine for canines

This is an antihistamine and antiemetic drug which is commonly used to ease motion sickness in humans. Your vet may recommend Dramamine if your dog suffers from motion sickness.

Here are some of the potential side effects of Dramamine for dogs:

  • Sedation
  • Dry mouth
  • Urine retention
  • Lethargy

It shouldn’t be given to dogs that have pre-existing health conditions like:

  • A sensitivity to antihistamines
  • COPD
  • Bladder neck obstruction
  • Gastric outflow obstruction
  • Heart disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • Liver disease
  • Prostate disease
  • Seizures
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Urinary obstruction
  • If the dog is pregnant or lactating
  • If it is already being given medications like CSN depressants, anticoagulants, anticholinergic drugs, Heparin, Epinephrine, tranquilizers, Warfarin or sedatives

Novox for canines

Novox is a veterinary NSAID which has been formulated specifically for dogs. It is commonly prescribed for treating the arthritic pain.

Although it has been developed for use in dogs and is much safer than the human over-the-counter NSAIDs, Novox still has the potential to cause some mild to serious adverse effects including:

  • Lethargy
  • Eye irritation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Increased urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Kidney problems
  • Disorientation or stumbling
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Death

You should always follow the instructions for the dosage of Novox you should give your dog, and be on the watch out for any of these worrying side effects.

Tramadol for canines

Tramadol works like a mild opioid and can be prescribed by vets for dogs which are aging and are in constant pain or discomfort. It needs to be taken exactly as prescribed, and if the pain is gone, the dog should be gradually weaned off the drug to reduce the serious withdrawal side effects.

Some of the withdrawal side effects of Tramadol in dogs include:

  • Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Respiratory problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Jittery feeling
  • Chills

The possible side effects of administering Tramadol to dogs include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors
  • Respiratory issues
  • Drowsiness
  • Convulsions
  • Skin irritation and rashes
  • A slow heart rate

Also, keep in mind, that Tramadol should never be given to dogs that are pregnant or nursing.

Gabapentin for canines

Gabapentin is commonly prescribed for senior dogs with damaged nerves suffering from chronic pain, neuropathic pain or seizures.

It is even available in chewable treat form for pups.

It is an efficient medication for pain in dogs, but owners should be aware of the possible side effects of the drug on their dog including:

  • Sedation
  • Lethargy
  • Wobbliness – disorientation
  • Depression
  • Bulging eyes
  • Vomiting

Amantadine

Amantadine can help soothe the pain from arthritis by blocking the neurotransmitters in the pup’s body. It is also used for pain management due to disc disease or cancer in dogs.

It is well tolerated by most dogs, but still can cause side effects such as:

  • Gassiness or diarrhea
  • Agitation

It shouldn’t be given to dogs with:

  • Liver dysfunction
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Seizure disorders
  • Congestive heart failure

Rimadyl (novox carprofen)

This is an NSAID which is formulated for dogs and is much safer than giving your dog human NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen.

It is often prescribed for pain management for dogs with osteoarthritis, as well for treating inflammations and pain after surgery. It can help reduce the pain, treat the inflammation and reduce the fever in dogs.

There are risks of certain side effects of Rimadyl, especially after long-term use, including:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Ulcers
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Kidney dysfunction

Deramaxx (deracoxib)

This is another NSAID which has been formulated for dogs and is prescribed to alleviate arthritic pain or postoperative pain. It can also be prescribed by your vet for treating inflammations after your dog has had surgery.

Unfortunately, Deramaxx can cause a number of different side effects in dogs, including:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Malaise
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Disregard for things which the dog once enjoyed

In rarer cases, the drug can cause various gastrointestinal, blood, liver, neurological, urological and behavioral side effects in dogs too.

Deramaxx should not be given to dogs with any of the following health conditions:

  • Dehydration
  • Cardiac disease
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Hyperproteinemia
  • Renal disease
  • Liver disorders
  • Or is pregnant or nursing

Previcox (firocoxib)

This is a chewable NSAID which is commonly prescribed for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. It can help reduce the pain and increase the mobility of your four-legged friend. Plus, it is a fast acting pain killer because it is offered in chewable form, so it is good for immediate pain relief.

But just like with all other NSAID drugs, Previcox can cause certain unpleasant side effects in dogs including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain and sensitivity
  • Skin irritation
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • A change in behavior
  • Increased thirst and changes in the urination

Metacam (meloxicam)

This is another NSAID which can be prescribed for dogs with pain due to musculoskeletal disorders such as hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis. It comes in tablet form or in the form of injections.

Metacam can help reduce the inflammation of the joints and improve the mobility of the dog.

The common side effects of Metacam include:

  • Digestive problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tarry stools
  • Vomiting blood
  • Ulcers
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and anorexia

It isn’t recommended for dogs that have:

  • Kidney disease
  • Ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Heart problems
  • Dogs that are pregnant, lactating, or are very young puppies

Finding the most appropriate pain relief and pain management for your dog can be a difficult process, especially when you need to weigh on the condition of your dog, and the potential side effects and dangers of the meds you will be giving it.

It is up to the vet to give the best advice on managing the pain or treating the condition causing it, but it is up to you to decide whether you are willing to risk your pup suffering from any of these adverse effects too.

Thankfully, there are some more natural and safer ways to help relieve the pain your pup is experiencing.

Natural pain relief for dogs

Even though painkillers are the most efficient way for providing pain relief for your distressed pup when it is in acute pain, the problem with the side effects associated with the pain relief medicaments prescribed for long-term use for chronic pain could be quite serious.

All dog parents want is the best for their pups and apart from providing them with the prescribed medication to treat their pain or other ailments, there are other natural ways to reduce the pain and improve the lives of dogs suffering from chronic pain and discomfort.

Here are some tips on natural pain management for dogs with chronic joint or other musculoskeletal pain:

Fish oils

The natural fish oils contained in most fish as well as in the green-lipped mussel are sources of natural and healthy omega 3 fatty acids which can help improve the joint health and mobility. Together with vitamin D, fish oils are excellent supplements to give a dog with osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or other chronic joint problems.

You can give them together with your dog’s food, or as separate supplements, or you can choose a commercial dog food with a large content of ingredients including fish oils too.

Essential oils

Some essential oils like ginger, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary or peppermint can help relieve pain in the swollen joints of arthritic dogs. Mix a few drops of any of these essential oils with some olive or almond oil and rub it on the painful joint of your pup.

It can help reduce the swelling, the inflammation, and the pain.

Turmeric

Turmeric is another perfectly safe and natural way to relieve chronic pain associated with arthritis in dogs. You can add turmeric supplements to the pup’s food or give it turmeric tincture.

It will not only help alleviate the pain but will help reduce inflammation.

Turmeric is also an antioxidant which will boost your dog’s immune system and help it fight off disease.

Comfrey

This herb has anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent natural pain killer. Add half to one teaspoon of comfrey to your pup’s food, or apply a warm compress with dried comfrey to the painful area for localized pain relief.

Feverfew

This is an anti-inflammatory herb which can help alleviate migraine or arthritis pain in humans, as well as in dogs.

You can use it as a tea or tincture. Add 12 drops of tincture or half a teaspoon of the feverfew herb for every 20 lbs. of the body weight of the dog. Give it to the pup twice a day for the best results.

Yucca

Yucca is used for treating arthritis in both humans and animals. It contains saponin which stimulates the body to produce corticosteroids and has anti-inflammatory qualities.  This herb is especially effective for treating pain and inflammation in dogs with osteoarthritis.

It can be found in most health food stores. You can give it to your dog in the form of a dried herb or in capsules.

Yucca is especially effective when combined with licorice and alfalfa.

Hemp

Hemp is a powerful anti-inflammatory plant and is also an excellent antioxidant. It can help relieve pain both in humans and in canines.

Frankincense

This herb is an excellent all-around remedy suitable for dogs suffering from chronic pain. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can be added to your dog’s food to help alleviate the pain and improve its wellbeing.

Alfalfa

This widely used herb is used for inflammation and pain management. It can be used as a dried herb added to the dog’s food or administered in capsule form. Make sure you pick the herb before it flowers if you are growing it yourself.

Skullcap

This herb can alleviate nerve pain form nerve-related diseases in dogs. It works even better when combined with St. John’s wort.

For the best results, make a mixture of 12 drops of skullcap and 12 drops of St. John’s wort for every 20 lbs. of the weight of your dog.

Give your pup 12 drops per 20 lbs.  twice or three times a day.

Licorice

Licorice contains glycyrrhizin which acts as a natural corticosteroid. This makes Licorice a highly effective anti-inflammatory herb and is known to relieve pain and boost the immunes system.

You can also apply an oil infusion of the herb as a topical treatment for the painful areas on your dog.

Ginger

Fresh ginger has an antispasmodic property and is an excellent natural remedy if your pup is having stomach pain or lower back pain.

It can also be made into a poultice and used as a topical treatment for strains and muscle pains.

Cayenne

Cayenne contains capsaicin which helps improve the blood circulation and can block pain. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory qualities when applied topically as an ointment or cream.

In fact, most human topical creams and ointments include capsaicin, so they are suitable for both you and for your pup with arthritis.

Make a change in the dog’s walking regimen

If your pup is getting older and is having difficulty walking and moving, make sure that you take shorter and slower walks for frequently instead of long ones. The ancestors of today’s dogs were wild animals which spend their days and nights walking and hunting, so it is only natural to keep the pup on its feet if you want it to be happy and well.

Frequent short walks will help strengthen the bones and joints and will keep your dog moving.

Leave your dog to decide the pace of the walk. Also, choose a softer grassy surface for the walk if your pup seems to be in pain when walking on concrete or another hard surface.

Feed your dog a healthy diet

Try to feed your dog with real whole foods which are natural and as less processed as possible. You should ensure that your pup gets high protein meals, with the right amount of carbs and healthy fats to stay healthy and in good shape.

You can add some fresh or steamed veggies, as well as bone broth to your pup’s diet. Also, try adding some fresh superfoods and fruits rich in antioxidants.

By eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, the health of your dog will improve, and its immune system will become stronger, which will allow it to better handle the pain and keep the inflammations under control.

Keep your dog safe from adding weight or becoming obese

Needless to say, when your dog is experiencing pain in the bones and joints and is having problems moving and walking, the last thing it needs is extra pounds to put even more pressure on those joints and bones.

This is why, it is crucial to avoid allowing your dog becoming overweight or obese, especially if it suffers from hip dysplasia, arthritis or other painful diseases of the bones, joints, and muscles.

If your dog is already overweight, you should switch to feeding it lower calorie food, or specially formulated weight management food.

At the same time, if possible, you should encourage the dog to be more active to burn the fat and lose weight. Also, by keeping the pup moving, it will be exercising the joints and reduce the risk of them becoming stiff and immobile.

Losing just one or two pounds can make the life of your arthritic dog much better!

Joint supplements

Supplements for dogs such as glucosamine and chondroitin are very popular for improving the joint health of dogs. These supplements can be found in many of the premium quality dog foods on the market, but they can be given separately to both healthy dogs and to those who have problems with the joints such as hip or elbow dysplasia, arthritis, and others.

Glucosamine and chondroitin help reduce the inflammation of the joints and also promote the natural repair of the cartilage in the joints.

They also help keep the cartilages lubricated which can help reduce the pain and discomfort of the dog when it is standing or moving.

Although they may not be able to provide immediate pain relief, these supplements can help repair the damaged joints, and thus reduce the chronic pain and improve their mobility. They can also help reduce future joint damage in dogs which is why they are strongly recommended even for young and completely healthy dogs.

Acupuncture

A licensed veterinary acupuncturist can help relieve the joint or muscle pain in dogs, especially when it is due to trauma or surgery. Acupuncture for dogs can even help treat symptoms of diabetes and cancer.

Massage

You can learn how to massage your dog in order to help alleviate its pain and help it relax its muscles, relieve the stress and stimulate the nerves.

CBD for dogs

CBD oil can help enhance the health of the bones and joints of the dog, as well as improve the fluid viscosity of the joints and enhance the mobility and functions of the joints of the pup.

Final words about what can I give my dog for pain and what not

Having to watch your dog suffer from pain is something every dog owner dreads, because recognizing, diagnosing and treating pain in dogs can be much more difficult than in humans.

Dogs hide their pain for as long as possible, and often diagnosing the exact cause of the pain can be a long and difficult process.

The worst thing you can do is to give your dog your own over the counter or prescription pain relief medication.

In most cases, human painkillers are dangerous and can be toxic and even deadly for dogs.

So, make sure you learn how to recognize the first signs that something is wrong with your pup, and talk to the vet or take it to the vet as soon as you see signs of pain.

Finding the reason for acute pain in a timely manner can save the dog’s life because often such sudden and severe pain is due to a life-threatening condition which needs immediate treatment.

The best way to help your pup is to take all the necessary precautions to keep it healthy and well so that it is pain-free and happy for long!

You can do that by feeding your dog with high-quality dog food which is well balanced, with all vital nutrients, antioxidants and fatty acids, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin.

Also, regularly check your dog for any worrying symptoms, or signs of a health problem, and seek veterinary advice or help even before the dog is showing signs of pain.

In case your pup needs to take pain meds, make sure that you follow the instructions of the veterinarian closely and never improvise with the dosage or the type of medication you are giving your dog.

The natural solutions for pain relief are also safe ways to ensure that your dog gets pain relief but without the harmful and potentially dangerous side effects.

You can also help keep the dog pain free and live a long happy life if you keep it fit, moving and safe from obesity.

Hopefully, we have helped you find the best solution for the pain relief for your dog, and wish you good luck and have our fingers crossed that your fur baby feels much better soon!