Pain (Acute, Chronic and Postoperative) in Dogs
There are a variety of medications that can be used to assist dogs in managing their pain and responses to pain. If it has been determined that there is an underlying cause of the pain, it will be treated simultaneously. In some cases surgery is used to reduce the pain source. Limited movement and physical activity is recommended while the dog is recovering,
Living and Management
Padded bedding and a comfortable environment can help to reduce the dog's pain. Some bandaging may be used to reduce pressure and swelling, ultimately reducing pain for the animal as well. If the animal's weight is causing joint pain, a weight reduction diet may be recommended.
Each dog will react differently to the type and dosage level of the prescribed pain medication. Monitor your pet's response to the medication and talk with your veterinarian if you believe your dog is having a negative reaction or is still experiencing a high amount of pain. If the pain is severe and treatment is not helping, many owners choose to put their dog to sleep (euthanise).
If you know that your dog has been injured, it can be helpful to seek out a pain management treatment quickly. This can help reduce the pain.
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