The Optimal Canine Pain Medicinal Choice

Pinpointing the cause of canine pain can be tricky if you are not familiar with some of the most common dog conditions. What's even trickier is finding the right combination of canine pain medicine on your own. Some of the most common dog diseases include rabies, distemper, and heartworm, but these diseases are 100% preventable through vaccinations. Conditions such as painful joint problems, arthritis or pain after surgery are quite different. Fortunately, there are a number of progressive canine pain medications that can help. One such group of medications is called "anti-inflammatory drugs" or NSAIDs.

About NSAIDs

Prostaglandins, a family of chemicals that are produced by the cells of the body, have several important functions. They support the blood clotting function of platelets and they protect the lining of the stomach from the damaging effects of acid. Prostaglandins are produced within the body's cells by the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). Two COX enzymes, COX-1 and COX-2 produce prostaglandins that promote inflammation, pain, and fever. Only COX-1 produces prostaglandins that support platelets and protect the stomach. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs block the COX enzymes and reduce prostaglandins throughout the body, reducing pain, inflammation, and fever.

Brands and Types of NSAIDs

The different types of NSAIDs include: Aspirin, Etogesic, Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox, Zubrin, and Novix. These pain medications can be used help ease symptoms of joint pain and arthritis as well as pain from injuries or surgery.

Other Types of Pain Medications

Pain medications such as opiods are commonly used in hospitals. Morphine, Pentanyl Citrate, Buprenorphine, Butorphanol Tartrate, Naloxone Hydrochloride and Tramadol are just a few of the different types of opiods that are used for severe pain.

Dog Pain Medicine Side Effects

Opiods should only be given to dogs under the care of a vet. These drugs cannot be administered to dogs with kidney or liver disease. If you do not give the recommended doses or you use it for the wrong type of condition, you risk poisoning your dog or causing an overdose. Opiods can cause a number of side effects, especially if used improperly. These side effects include:

  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • depression
  • panting
  • excitement
  • slow Heart Beat
  • respiratory Issues

NSAIDs have come along way over the years, and they are considered much safer today than yesterday. Like most drugs, NSAIDs can have side effects, so please only use them under a vets care. NSAIDs users may experience any of the following side effects:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • rash
  • dizziness
  • fluid Retention
  • drowsiness

Less common, but more severe side effects include shortness of breath, kidney failure, liver failure, ulcers, or prolonged bleeding after injury or surgery. Serious side effects tend to occur most often in older dogs. Outside of low dose aspirin, NSAIDs can also increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other related conditions in older dogs.