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Pain Relief for Dogs - What to Give a Hurtin’ Pup

The Top Medications and Supplements for Dogs with Chronic Pain

By Sam Bourne. October 17, 2013 | See Comments

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Pain relief for dogs is an important part of veterinary medicine, and if you have a dog, there's a good chance that they will need to be put on pain relievers at some point in their life, whether it be caused by arthritis, post operative pain, or something else. Here we outline what to give a dog for pain.

Nobody wants to be in pain. This includes your dog. And while they may seem more stoic in the face of pain, whether it be post-operative, arthritic, or general inflammation, your dog would greatly prefer to be rid of their aches and pains once and for all. Modern advancements in veterinary science, and medical science in general, have resulted in a plethora of options for pain relief for dogs.

From daily supplements designed to help rejuvenate and replenish, to some heavy duty pain medications for dogs, there are tons of different avenues to tackle your dog’s discomfort. While any medication your dog will be put on depends on what your vet prescribes, it doesn’t hurt to know a little something about what your options are.

Supplements for Dog Pain

Cosequin

  • Supplement for maintaining healthy cartilage
  • Contains both glucosamine and chondroitin
  • Safe, effective, and bioavailable (meaning very efficient)

GlycoFlex III

  • Designed to alleviate joint inflammation and stiffness
  • Safe to use with NSAIDs
  • Helps maintain healthy cartilage
  • Contains only human-grade ingredients

Synovi G4 Soft Chews

  • Comprehensive joint health supplement
  • Has ample vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • Tasty chewables

NSAIDs

Rimadyl and Novox (Caprofen)

  • Two of the most prescribed pain relief medications for dogs
  • Treats arthritis, joint pain, post-op pain, and fevers
  • Inhibits cell production of chemicals that trigger inflammation

Deramaxx

  • Only blocks the COX-2 enzyme, making it easier on the stomach
  • Treats arthritis, osteoarthritis, or pain from orthopedic surgery
  • Comes in a beef flavored chewable tablet

Previcox

  • COX-2 blocking enzyme, which leaves the COX-1 enzyme intact, helping to protect the stomach lining
  • Decreases swelling and joint stiffness
  • Fast-acting, flavored tablets

Metacam

  • Treats arthritis, lameness, pain, inflammation caused by acute/chronic musculoskeletal disorders, arthropathy, and soft tissue injuries
  • Comes as an easy to administer oral suspension

Other Pain Relievers

Amantadine

  • Antiviral agent that doubles as a pain reliever
  • Often combined with other pain relievers to enhance their effectiveness
  • Treats arthritis, neuropathic pain, or as an antiviral drug

Cyclobenzaprine

  • Muscle relaxant
  • Blocks pain impulses sent to the brain
  • Treats skeletal muscle conditions

Lidocaine/Prilocaine

  • Anesthetic cream
  • Numbs the applied area
  • Usually used before a catheter is inserted

Buprenex

  • A synthetic opiate
  • 30x stronger than morphine
  • Used to treat pets with severe pain
More on Dog Pain

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Options and Types of Pain Meds for Dogs
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