Pain Relief for Dogs – The Do’s and Don’ts (September 2019)

I recently had someone ask me on PetHelp’s Facebook page if they could give their dog Tylenol and it got me thinking – what is safe to give a dog for pain?

Having a dog who’s in pain can be a scary thing, and you may not always know what’s safe to give them and what isn’t safe for them to have.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some pain relief for dogs.

Can You Give a Dog Tylenol?

No, dogs cannot have Tylenol and other over-the-counter pain relief pills.

Dog’s systems cannot typically handle the harsh ingredients in OTC pain relief that are designed for humans.

Dogs should not be given aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil).

They can develop kidney and liver damage, holes in the stomach lining, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers, as a result.

It’s best to avoid giving your dog any OTC designed for human consumption unless you have been given the okay to do so by your vet.

Pain Medication for Dogs

Thankfully, there are a lot of great pain medication for dogs out there that really work in a pinch.

Listed below are just some of the pain medications for dogs:

  • Carprofen – Rimadyl or Novox
  • Firocoxib – Previcox
  • Deracoxib – Deramaxx
  • Meloxicam – Metacam

You can only get these from your vet. Do not try to buy these online – they may not be real or a safe substitute.

Side Effects of Pain Medication for Dogs

Like with medication for humans, there may be side effects.

Here’s what you need to watch out for:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Redness of the skin
  • Changes in normal behavior
  • Loss of appetite

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, make sure you talk to your vet about it.

Alternative Methods for Pain Relief

If your dog is in pain, you need to determine what’s going on. Don’t try to guess why your dog is in pain – bring him to the vet.

From there, your vet will be able to tell you what the best course of action is and where to go from here.

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