Effective Dog Pain Relievers
Before you attempt to give your pet dog pain medications, you must go to your veterinarian and have him or her thoroughly examined. A correct diagnosis is imperative in prescribing the appropriate course of action to take for a dog in pain. Many times the symptoms are indicative of more serious health complications and its treatment needs to be properly planned to be effective.
Now, the most common dog pain relievers prescribed are non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. Examples of these NSAIDs are Rimadyl, Orodis, Actron, Etogesic, Metacam and Deramaxx. You need to ask a licensed vet for the right dosage and frequency before giving these. NSAIDs are generally considered by conventional vets to be safe; however, there have been cases where adverse side effects of NSAIDs have been reported. Be very cautious in the medications you decide to use for the animal.
Holistic and natural therapies are becoming more and more popular among concerned pet owners. These are the safest route to take because they usually use herbs and other natural properties to combat any malfunction in the dog’s system that causes the pain. Natural dog pain relievers can work just as well as their chemical equivalents, and they come without the side effects.
So once you have seen your vet and had the cause of the pain diagnosed, discuss with your vet your preference to use natural dog pain relief as opposed to conventional dog pain medications. Your vet may not be in favor of natural remedies, but you must expect some resistance from a conventionally trained vet.
Depending on the specific problem your dog is experiencing, there are many herbs you can use to help alleviate his pain. Ginger root and Slippery elm are excellent for stomach and digestive problems that can cause a certain level of discomfort, if not actual pain.
But for more serious pain, you may need specially formulated natural remedies for your dog.
An inexpensive way to ease your dog’s pain is with ice. Apply cold compress to swelling. Inflammation is a major cause for pain and putting an ice pack on it for 20 or so minutes periodically will keep the swelling down soon. Massage also helps in pain relief. A gentle massage encourages blood flow and relieves stress. It also is a great bonding experience for you and your pet.
With these helpful tips and information, you can decrease the chances of you having to see your dog suffer from serious pain. Maintain a good diet and light regular exercise to ensure a good-looking and healthy dog all the days of his life.