Similar to humans it is important to treat pain well in pets. For your dog, there are therefore special painkillers and anti-inflammatories that can relieve general pain, pain in osteoarthritis, or pain during and after surgery.
Just like with people, pain relief is important to be able to do the ‘normal’ things: sleep well, drink, and eat. If your dog is given the correct medication, he can recover faster. For example, illness or surgery. Painkillers can also help your dog a lot in osteoarthritis.
It’s always good to be very careful with medication for your dog. We will now describe two cases that we hear a lot in the community.
Can I give my dog Benadryl?
Benadryl, also known by its generic name, diphenhydramine, is one of the over-the-counter medicines that vets give to pet owners in case of any health issues.
You might be looking for Benadryl to ease your pooch’s anxiety, or maybe your dog was stung by an insect and is producing a mild allergic reaction.
While Benadryl is frequently well tolerated by dogs and has a wide safety margin, but it’s not necessarily the answer to your dog’s health issue.
Can I give my dog Ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to manage pain, inflammation, and fevers in humans. Should you use it for your dog?
It is not recommended for use in dogs due to the high number of significant side effects, including gastrointestinal inflammation, gastrointestinal ulcers, kidney damage, neurologic disorders, low blood pressure, and heart effects.
Is your dog in pain? Are you unsure about what to do? Call your veterinarian!
What if my dog needs surgery
Painkillers are usually given before surgery so that your dog has no painful experience. Painkillers can be given together with a sedative. Your dog may get a little tired and sleepy from this and the pupils may enlarge a bit.
In addition, pain relief can be applied together with an anaesthetic. Also in orthopedic therapies, or when you have your dog’s teeth pulled, anaesthesia is used for pain relief.
Pain relief after surgery
Pain relief after surgery can be very important for recovery. Without the right medication, your dog can be in a lot of pain and not heal properly.
As you can see there are different ways of dealing with your dog’s pain. We would advise you to always discuss this with your vet and that you get direct feedback from him/ her.