Is there pain relief for dogs?
Dogs are not exempt from experiencing pain and inflammation, but pain relief is as readily available for pets as it is for humans. In fact, most veterinaries prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAID’s. If you’ve ever taken NSAID’s (advil, ibuprofen) don’t worry, you didn’t take doggy medicine by mistake; it’s just that dogs may suffer from arthritis related symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain, just like their owners. NSAID’s block the production of bodily produced chemicals called prostaglandins, which are responsible for inflammation. Additionally, NSAID’s may also be used to relieve post-operatory pain and inflammation.
Veterinary-approved NSAID’s for canines include etogesic (etodolac), rimadyl (carprofen), metacam (meloxicam), deramaxx (deracoxib), previcox (firocoxib), zubrin (tepoxalin), and novox (carpofren). The quality of life of your dog may be improved a great deal thanks to NSAID’s, but just like you don’t self-medicate, you shouldn’t either give your dog pain relief drugs without first discussing with your veterinarian what the medication is prescribed for, how much and for how long to administer it, its potential side effects, what to avoid while giving your dog an NSAID, what tests are required before administering the drug, when you should bring your dog back to the doctor, your dog’s medical history and previous drug reactions, and what medications your dog is already taking (if any).
Drugs given to provide pain relief for dogs may have contraindications and interactions. For example, do not give aspirin or corticosteroids to a dog that’s taking an NSAID; and only give your dog an NSAID if a veterinarian has prescribed it in the first place. Furthermore, caution should be exercised when giving an NSAID to a dog with kidney, liver, heart and intestinal problems. No dogs are alike, so consult a veterinarian before giving the same drug to more than one tail-wagger. Administer the medicine only as instructed by a veterinarian; abstain from adjusting the dose, frequency or the length of treatment without consulting the veterinarian first.
Likewise, NSAID’s may have side effects in dogs, including loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, behavioral changes, vomit, diarrhea, black tarry-colored stool, yellow gums, skin and whites of the eyes, and scabs, redness, and scratching, among others. If you observe these side effects in your dog, discontinue the medication and call a veterinarian posthaste. If you follow your vet’s directions your dog can take his pain relief medicine while you take yours, for instance Painaid Extra or Aspirin McKesson Chewable Tablet, as well as others available at Discount Medical Supplies.