Some of the more common pain meds for dogs include:
And unless you see pain I wouldn't treat for it. Neither of my dogs required cones or pain meds after spaying or neutering.
Your veterinarian can prescribe even stronger pain meds for dogs like Amantadine, Gabapentin, or Tramadol depending on the nature and severity of the pain. They may even need to resort to stronger drugs including opiates for short periods.
While we can't get into all of the pain meds for dogs and all of their potential interactions and side-effects here the important point is to keep in close consultation with your vet and know what to watch for.
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Analgesics can be used in dogs after a surgery and can control pain in the same manner as the NSAIDs. However, these meds will not reduce inflammation. The vet may often prescribe both a type of non steroidal anti inflammatory drug and an analgesic.Knowing that a dog is in is upsetting. So it's an understandable reaction to want to do something — anything — to provide the dog pain relief as soon as possible. However, as tempting as it may be to reach for an over-the-counter pain meds such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen and give it to the family dog, you must avoid them at all costs. Over-the-counter pain meds and anti-inflammatories can be very dangerous, even fatal, when used improperly in dogs. If natural options do not adequately relieve pain you may need to try traditional medicines. As mentioned, these can have risks which we will cover below.
Tramadol is an analgesic which acts on the brain to achieve its effects. Unlike most other pain meds typically used in veterinary practice such as Rimadyl, it does not actually help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Because of this, when treating arthritis many vets suggest using other medicines in conjunction.
The dosage can vary depending on what condition is being treated but will generally fall between 0.5 to 1.8 mg/lb two to three times daily. With repeated use over longer periods of time the effectiveness of tramadol can diminish as your dog builds a tolerance to the drug.
NSAIDs are common pain relief drugs. Even aspirin is a type of NSAID and can be given to dogs, though it is not recommended (especially on a long-term basis) due to the risk of internal bleeding, stomach problems and toxicity.
NSAIDs work by blocking COX enzymes and by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins (lipids which control inflammation). Because of this effect they work well as a remedy for chronic arthritis. There are many NSAIDs created for use in dogs including Rimadyl, Previcox, Deramaxx and Metcam. These tend to be safer for dogs than your standard over-the-counter human NSAIDs, but they still carry risks. In particular you should read the following material:
– This article by Dogs Naturally Magazine covers the potential dangers of NSAIDs and the serious adverse reactions which are possible with treatment.
– This is an article which covers the specifics of NSAID toxicity including the side effects you should look out for.
Overall NSAIDs are helpful but do carry risks (some very serious) which owners should be aware of when deciding to use them.
Gabapentin is an unusual medicine for this purpose as it only works on specific types of pain. Because gabapentin inhibits the release of glutamate (a type of neurotransmitter) it can provide relief to dogs suffering from neuropathy. 1.5 to 4.5 mg/lb is the usual dose and can be given once per day when prescribed by a vet.
Pain meds for dogs can be used to treatminor, moderate, or even severe pain. Most of these medications can be used safely with little to no side effects. However, some pain meds should not be used in dogs. Before administering any type of pain medication to your dog, you should be aware of what is available and what is appropriate for pain control management in your dog.