We struggle to see people we love in pain, and that is the same for our beloved pets. Dogs are as much a part of our family as anyone, and when they are in pain, it can be hard to watch. Here is some advice on managing pain in dogs from our team at Animal Care Center, serving the community of Douglas County and surrounding areas.
Signs of Pain in Dogs
In general, when people feel unwell, you can tell by their behavior changes. It is generally similar with dogs—however, in some breeds it is not so obvious. There are certain signs to pay attention to:
- Decrease in appetite or water intake
- Lower energy, sluggish behaviors
- Breathing changes—panting or shallow breaths
- Whining, biting or growling
- Grooming a certain spot continually
These are just a few signs to be aware of. If you recognize these signs, follow up with your veterinarian for the best ways to manage pain for your dog.
Pain can be an indication of underlying issues. In this case, it is best to contact your trusted veterinarian to get the pain relief your dog needs and to manage any pain that may be there. Possible issues could be:
- Kidney Stones
- Gum Disease
The sooner any issue is treated, the better the care we can provide for your dog.
While it may be tempting to give your dog something for the pain from your medicine cabinet, we strongly advise against it, as many human medications can be toxic to our pets. . If necessary, we may provide veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for your dog that provide similar pain relief as ibuprofen or aleve, but will be specific for the needs of your animal.
Ways to manage the pain and prevent future issues, might involve various diet or lifestyle changes. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian regarding implementing any changes, but they may include things such as:
- Changing food to high omega 3 products
- Weight management with food and exercise
- Physical therapy for injury recovery
At Animal Care Center in Castle Pines, CO, we know how important your dog is to you. They are part of the family. That is why we want to provide the best care possible when it comes to managing pain in dogs. Please contact us as soon as possible if you see any signs of distress.