Many pet owners may have come across a situation where they wished to treat their pet at home for pain or discomfort. This, however, can turn out to be quite the tricky maneuver especially if you only have medicine that is either prescribed or being general over-the-counter medicine and doesn't know much about proper dosage intake for animals. This article will help you understand the steps to properly treating your dog's pain and what medicines and properly measured dosages are safe for it. As with any injury or pain to an animal, it's always best to seek help from a veterinarian whenever possible in case of any complications.
Causes of pain
The first thing you should do when dealing with any kind of injury or animal in pain is figuring out extensively what part of your pet is hurt and what may be causing the pain. There are many hidden afflictions that can affect your dog's nerves like arthritis and joint pain caused by overstimulation through exercising and other strenuous activities. In these cases, it may be harder for you to determine what is going on without your vet’s help as there aren’t any apparent signs other than the dog’s discomfort. You also may have a dog with a pulled or strained muscle which can be another likely hidden ailment if your dog seems to be limping around or refuses to lay on a certain side which could be the case, but it would still need a vet’s approval before beginning an accurate diagnosis.
Next, there is pain that can be clearly evident to us as owners. If you can see a thorn or another sharp object stuck in a dog’s paw and it is refusing to step on it, then you can simply pull it out if you are able to help alleviate the dog’s discomfort and see if it the wound will require further treatment. These types of injuries are better accessible at home and can be treated by most normal people instead of a vet. If you see an animal with a wound, be sure to examine it closely to determine what caused the injury to occur such as identifying a bite mark from a wild animal or finding a bruise caused by something hitting it. Look for signs of just two puncture holes or a deep gash which could indicate a snake bite and may need immediate medical attention. If there's any other type of bite wound, be sure to carefully clean and disinfect the area to kill any bacteria that may be festering inside the wound on top of administering pain relief medications to the dog through proper means.
Dosage and Usage
Proper medicinal dosage can be the only thing standing between your dog recovering and feeling better and not knowing their own tail is attached to them. If you give too little or too much past the medicine’s recommended dosage, it can easily complicate your dog’s condition and may cause many more problems on top of your dog’s injury or pain. Different medicinal dosages can cause different negative or positive effects on the nervous system, just like in humans. Size and breed can affect quite a bit what the proper dosage of medicine you should give your pooch and how often you need to administer the treatment. A smaller dog may process medicines faster and will have to take a much lower dosage than a much larger dog. You also will want to pay special attention to a dog's weight in correspondence to the listed dosage amount.
There also some medicines that can be toxic or poisonous to dogs depending on their ingredients. For example, some natural ingredients like cocoa which can help a human distress are dangerous for dogs who are highly allergic to it. Always double check any ingredients in medicines and the listed measurements or amounts to make sure your dog is able to be administered the medicine. When using herbal methods, read up to see the positive and negative side-effects the herb can have on your dog. Also, make sure to always watch alcohol levels in medicines as alcohol is another substance that is common and can prove deadly to animals even in small amounts. If an animal ever gets ahold of more medicine than it can chew, seek out an emergency vet so your dog can get immediate medical attention.
There are a variety of types of pain medications for dogs that have many different applicable uses for many types of pain. Some pain medications excel and are widely trusted and used by many dog and pet owners while others have a reputation for being only useful for certain types of pain found in dogs or only for us humans.
Many brand name pet medications can cost quite a bit and require careful reading of instructions but there are cheaper alternatives that are just as or if not more effective than the dedicated pet pain relief medications. Most common over-the-counter pain relief medication for humans such as Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen can actually be administered to your dog or other pets but should only be done in emergency situations with careful instructions and supervision from a vet. While these medications (known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs for short) are known to work just as well as other pain relievers, many components of these drugs can be poisonous and deadly in some cases with just the use of a single pill.
Additionally, there are a few herbal remedies you can choose from to ease pain. St. John’s Wort is an excellent choice for dealing with pain caused by crushed or damaged nerves. Licorice is an anti-inflammatory herb that can help calm swollen muscles or skin. If your dog has stomach pain often, then you can use ginger as a soother. Herbs can be a great natural way to take the pain away from your dog and with the right plant, possibly even safer than most medicine. There are tons of sites helping you figure out the dosage by your dog's weight with simple processes anyone can follow.