for your four-legged canine friend
Signs and Solutions
Like humans, dogs are happier when they are healthy and pain-free. The thing is, it’s not always obvious when a dog is experiencing discomfort. It’s up to dog owners to learn about signs and symptoms of pain so it can be managed.
CAUSES OF PAIN
Pain can be caused by infections, injuries and diseases. With ageing also comes certain degenerative changes in the body. Although external wounds are always alarming, it’s important to realise that sometimes internal pain can be much worse.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR DOG IS EXPERIENCING PAIN
Certain symptoms could be signs that your dog is experiencing pain.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOUR DOG IS EXPERIENCING PAIN
If you suspect that your dog is in any pain there are two things you should do. The first is to stay calm while you assess the situation. The second is to take action, while remaining calm and sensible.
Whether you think it’s serious or not, many experts agree that you should contact a veterinarian immediately. You will most likely have to take your dog for a check-up. Don’t waste time guessing or trying to find solutions on your own.
Sometimes the cause of pain can be diagnosed. In cases where it cannot, pain medication could be administered to manage the pain in the meantime.
PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to reduce and manage pain in dogs. A veterinarian will have to perform a physical examination and other tests if necessary to determine which medications would be most effective for the situation and your dog’s health. Make sure you get verbal and written instructions on how to administer medication and ask about possible side effects.
NSAIDs can help with stiffness, joint pain and swelling. For example, with the right treatment plan, dogs with osteoarthritis can enjoy a better quality of life. Learn more.
There are cases where other medications need to be considered, but this will be discussed with you if and when necessary. Supplements are also available but it’s not always clear how effective they are.
Not all forms of pain can be resolved, but proper management can make a big difference in your dog’s life.