Pain, sadness, hurt feelings, broken dreams, failed love and all the inevitable parts of life are what makes us human. But we are talking about dogs here. There may not be broken dreams but there is surely pain and sadness in their life as well. Well, the emotional pains have different ways of treatment which even we humans are yet trying to figure since all these thousands of years. But fortunately, the physical ones, we have been able to treat for us as well as for our loved pets. So the answer to can pain be reduced or eliminated for dogs is a big Yes! Before we go to solutions, let us understand the reasons of pain in dogs.
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When it comes to dogs, or any other animal for that matter, the divine has made us all prone to some or the other kind of pain. Pain can come from a lot of sources to dogs.The common reasons for a dog to experience pain are –
These are just the common reasons for physical pain. There can be several other causes.
When God created the tendency to feel pain, for us humans he gave the ability to express it in words and tell exactly what and where we are feeling what we are feeling. Unfortunately, dogs may not have the same benefit. Although they have their own language but to an average human its not understandable. But god had thought it through and gave our dogs the ability to express pain in different ways, using non-verbal communication. And when we observe dogs properly, we can hear them and feel them. Some common signs and symptoms of a dog experiencing pain are –
Based on the breed or the severity of pain, the symptoms and signs may change. The better we know our dogs, the more we can understand them and their pain.
The fact that our dogs cannot communicate to us directly where exactly and what in particular is paining, it becomes very important for us to properly diagnose the reason for the pain. This is better done under the supervision of a vet.
The vet would be asking a number of questions including his/her medical history, recent adventures, changes in diet and physical wounds if any among other questions. It is important to provide all details thoroughly otherwise it would be like finding a needle in a haystack and would be time consuming as well as unfruitful.
There are routine tests available which can check the overall health of the dog and determine any unusual readings. The tests can include a complete blood count, biochemistry panel, urinalysis and fecal exam. New age technologies like ultrasounds and X-rays can be used to determine if there are any tumors or kidney / bladder stones or fractures.
Once the diagnosis is done and the actual root cause of the pain is figured out, the vet can recommend the treatment. It will most probably include painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines to comfort the dog before and after the treatment. It is highly advised not to give any kind of painkillers before consulting a vet.
Luckily, there are some common drugs which do the same work that they do in a human body, to a dog’s body. However, given the difference in size and genetics, the dosage can vary. The metabolism mechanism is very different between both the species. So even if it is safe for dogs to consume human pain killers, most of the drugs that we eat can be very toxic or even fatal to dogs. The most common painkillers that are available over the counter that should be completely avoided for a dog are
The above drugs can cause stomach bleeding, kidney failure, and liver failure. So it is always advised to consult your vet before administering any kind of medicine.
What to give your dog will depend on several factors including breed, type of injury, cause of pain, age of the dog, size and weight of the dog, etc. These may include –
These are more natural ways to deal with pain control when the pet is intolerant towards medications. Also, there are least side effects with these type of therapies.
Just like you, your dog can feel pain as well and that can be due to various reasons. The best way to deal with it is to diagnose the root cause of it as early and possible and provide appropriate treatment after consulting with your vet. Do not go for No pain – No gain here. Some pains can be very severe and should be attended immediately.
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