What Do You Do When Your Dog Is In Pain?
When it comes to managing your dog’s pain, our practice offers and the highest quality of care utilizing compassion and the most effective medical treatments available. We develop a unique pain management plan to best serve the individual needs of your dog. This plan may include medication, complementary treatment or a combination of both.
Dogs often share traits in common with their humans like a love of popcorn or an achy hip. Research has shown animals also share the way they experience pain. Therefore, you may recognize some medications, techniques and care for dog's pain that your own doctor similarly prescribed for you. Common medications we prescribe for pets include analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), anti-anxiety medications or topical anesthetics. However, it is very important to note that you should never give your dog medication designed for a human unless first consulting with us. Many medications designed for humans can cause life-threatening and irreversible reactions in animals. As with small children, medications should be kept out of reach of your dog.
We may also prescribe lifestyle changes for your dog. A specific diet, soft bedding, a few more rounds of fetch, raised food and water dishes or an extra snuggle now and then are just some of the things that may help your dog’s pain at home.
Many dogs experience successful pain relief through complementary medicine. Acupuncture, chiropractic care, nutritional support or physical therapy often assist our practice to better manage your dog’s pain. Therapies such as laser therapy, massage, heat or strength building may seem familiar while some of our newer technology and machines might sound new to you.
Determining whether your dog’s pain is acute or chronic is the first step to identifying the cause. Acute pain is often sudden and triggered by a specific event. For example, if your dog receives a recent injury, they may experience acute pain. However, chronic pain persists over the long term and causes may include conditions such as joint inflammation, arthritis, or unattended tooth decay.
Early intervention is important when it comes to managing your dog’s pain. Some common signs of pain in your dog may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and / or vomiting
- Change in temperament or behavior
- Licking a specific area
- Change in bathroom habits
- Appearance of the third eyelid