If you have already diagnosed your dog is in pain this is half of the battle won as it is usually a very hard thing to do simply by virtue of the fact that a lot of dogs don’t vocalise their pain. So the next step is finding the appropriate pain reliever for your dog. This article will outline some of the more commonly used pain relievers for dogs and outline their effectiveness and in which situations they should be used.
Dog Aspirin-Dog aspirin is often used to treat dogs with pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and the reason for this is that as well as working as an effective pain reliever for dogs, it also treats inflammation. So if your dogs joints are swollen from a condition such as arthritis, aspirin will help to reduce swelling as well as treat the pain. When giving your dog aspirin it is always wise to see the instructions that will come with the aspirin, because to high of a dose can cause stomach ulcers and thin blood.
Prescription Drugs / Rimadyl-Rimadyl is the most popular FDA approved prescription drug used by vets as pain relievers for canines. They have proved to be very effective in treating dogs pain with most owners reporting a noticeable difference in a matter of a few days. The only downside is there are a number of reported side effects and some dogs are more susceptible including retrievers and Labradors. These include liver failure and kidney failure, so it is better to consult a professional before using any prescription drugs.
I found that Menthol is used much in conjunction with Wintergreen oil in many pain relieving products and is another amazing natural ingredient I use and recommend. Menthol is a compound primarily derived from peppermint or other mint oils. It is similar to Wintergreen (methyl salicylate), as it is an anti-inflammatory and causes a cooling sensation when applied locally. An effective pain reliever, menthol has been shown in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity to be one of the world’s most effective pain-relievers for osteoarthritis.
Dog Supplements-There are a series of dog supplements that are on the market that have ingredients that have been clinically proven to help reverse the beginning of dog arthritis and increase joint mobility while greatly reducing the pain and discomfort that some dogs will suffer in their joints. The downside to some supplements are they’re not FDA approved so it’s a case of having to try and find a supplement that meets FDA manufacturing requirements and has a proved track record for use a pain relievers in dogs.
So in conclusion these are the most pain relief methods that are now being used for dogs by vets as well as dog owners. With the rise of the internet there are many websites that are dedicated purely to pain medication for dogs and many of these large internet pharmacies offer prescriptions and supplements at a small part of the price of traditional pharmacies.