Help! My dog is in pain!… What can you give a dog for pain relief?
Is It Safe To Give Benadryl, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve or Tylenol For Pain Relief?
NO! There’s nothing worse than knowing your dog is in pain. The question is, if your dog has a hotspot, ear infection or any other painful condition, what can you do to alleviate his or her suffering?
First and most apparent is a trip to the veterinarian to determine why your dog is in pain. Your vet will perform an exam to diagnose any illness and provide treatment that may be a medication.
Of course, you may already have a good idea of what is bothering your dog and want to help with products you can buy “over the counter.” Let’s talk about the options and risk factors of administering these OTC drugs to your pet:
Pain Relief For Dog Injuries or Chronic Conditions:
If your dog has been injured, has a disease, or suffers from arthritis or other chronic pain-inducing illnesses, you may be tempted to give him an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). But, NSAIDs are intended only for human use.
PAIN MEDICATION WARNING!
Do not give pain products like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve) to your dog! These drugs have side effects that could harm your dog – and – even be fatal. Read on, and we’ll explain. It’s because of the way that these drugs work. They work by suppressing an enzyme that enhances inflammation, fever, and pain. They also have the unfortunate side effect of reducing blood flow to the kidneys, curbing protection of the gastrointestinal tract and disrupting normal blood clotting. (Note: These problems have also been noted in humans who take too many NSAIDs!).
Some dogs who are sensitive to NSAIDs will end up with diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding disorders, labored or rapid breathing, and problems with their kidneys or liver. These drugs are especially toxic for dogs that already have kidney or liver disease, blood disorders, or heart failure. And they should be completed avoided if your dog is pregnant.
Risk Factor: High
Added note: Baby aspirin may have a lower dosage than regular aspirin – but is generally regarded as unsafe for your dog.
What About Tylenol? (aka acetaminophen)
Tylenol creates many problems for dogs. Too much acetaminophen will have a toxic effect on the liver and kidneys and prevents hemoglobin from carrying oxygen to the blood. It can cause widespread tissue and organ damage leading to death in a very short amount of time.
Risk factor: High
What CAN I give my dog for pain?
The good news is that your vet can prescribe specially formulated NSAID products designed for handling your dog’s pain. These are much better options for mitigating any discomfort your dog may be experiencing. Some of the brand names include:
• Carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)
• Deracoxib (Deramaxx)
• Firocoxib (Previcox)
• Meloxicam (Metacam)
The best course of action is to get the right prescription from your vet – and don’t try to take a shortcut by dispensing human products to your dog for his/her pain relief.
Risk Factor: Low or None
Pain Associated with Skin or Ear Infections:
If your dog is suffering from pain associated with topical ailments such as hot spots (inflammation, soreness), wounds, ear infections, mange or other skin infections due to bacterial or fungal issues, we recommend that you treat the area with Banixx Pet Care. It’s a gentle but effective topical solution that tackles the underlying infection and eliminates it. With the elimination or reduced infection, pain often subsides. However, depending on the severity of the case, you may also need veterinary intervention if the case does not quickly resolve.
Risk Factor: Zero
You cannot overdose using Banixx, it is non-toxic, easy to apply, and effective, providing immediate relief for your dog. For your dog, it is soothing relief with no medicinal odor to cause angst and no burn or sting upon application.
For more information on how Banixx works for this type of pain, click here.