What can you give a dog for pain?
Pet owners tend to think of their furry friends as just small humans. While this may be tempting in terms of behavior and how much love you feel for your pets, this can be a dangerous attitude since our biology is actually very different in many ways.
Dogs and cats experience pain just like humans. Often, the causes of their pain is the same as humans. Repetitive motion, aging, and trauma are among the causes. So when they do suffer from pain, how do you treat them? What do you give them? Is your selection just “masking” their pain for the short term, or is it attacking the cause to actually provide long term relief. Is it possible that your dog pain relief selection could actually be hurting your pet’s health? Possibly even jeopardizing their life?
Short Term Solution - Pain Relievers
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
These can be extremely dangerous to pets, you should never give any NSAID to your dog or cat without first checking with your veterinarian.
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, Ibuprofen is toxic to dogs, and is classified as “moderate to severe, life-threatening” Dr. Randall has mentioned many times in the past that Ibuprofen is poisonous to dogs. That is absolutely correct, Ibuprofen is fatal to dogs in large doses and has a very narrow safety window, meaning a small amount is safe, but as you move on to larger amounts, it becomes very harmful quickly. It is best to avoid ever giving your dog Ibuprofen as the risk of doing more harm than good is very high.
Naproxen (Aleve and Midol)
Naproxen is very poisonous to both dogs and cats. According to the Pet poison Helpline, “As little as one 220mg tablet can cause very serious symptoms (even death), even in a large dog.” Technically it does have a small window where it can be used safely, but it is too much of a risk to recommend.
Aspirin can be used safely for dogs, one thing to consider is the blood thinning property. Just as in humans, those with previous medical conditions should use Aspirin with caution if there is a risk associated with thinning of the individual’s blood. Also, if your pet accidentally gets into Aspirin and ingests a large amount that can be very dangerous.
Long Term Solution - Joint Supplements for Dogs
What you give your dog should be based on the type of pain they are having and you should consider whether the choice is a long term or a short term solution. Joint supplements are a great idea if your dog is experiencing joint pain of any kind. Even if your dog is active now, you don’t want to wait until the need relief from joint pain before you start to think about it as part of their diet.
Flexpet is a joint supplement for dogs and cats. It was developed using natural ingredients (not pharmaceuticals) to provide immediate relief as well as rebuild and strengthen connective tissue. The specific and unique combination of ingredients in Flexpet will provide a long term solution for those whose pets are having issues with joint pain or who are looking to prevent those problems in the future.