How To Manage Pain In Dogs

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Your dog might have certain signs that indicate he is experiencing pain like whimpering, becoming antisocial, excessive aggressiveness, limping, restlessness, etc. If your dog has undergone a surgical or dental procedure you can see more at to learn about pain management. It is always important to talk to your Vet before administering any pain medication to your dog.


A head-to-toe massage is highly recommended to help the dog relax and soothe her. It gives you a chance to examine where the pain is and identify any bruises in the body. Massage eases sore muscles, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress caused by injuries on your dog. A massage is supposed to be done when the dog is rested and calm. You should apply gentle compressions over the area, the press and release rhythm can be established using breathing or counting slowly.

The pumping motion is meant to move fluids through the muscles and take tension off the tensions surrounding the joints. Avoid using direct force over a bone. Another massage technique is petting strokes over the dog’s body. Gently rubbing the larger muscles like neck, shoulders, thighs, and buttocks. With regular massage, it will reduce stiffness and pain that causes arthritis.

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Cbd Oil

According to studies, CBD oil has been found to reduce inflammation that causes pain in dogs. CBD oil is derived from a particular strain popularly known as hemp. This strain is regulated by law to contain only less than 3% of THC which is too small to harm your pet. The compound in CBD oil is not psychoactive hence can’t get your dog high. It is effective for reducing pain caused by arthritis and hip dysplasia.

CBD oil can be administered directly to the dog through the mouth, however, you have to be careful not to make your dog gag, it will make her aggressive. Another way is to mix it with food, find the food thy life and add a few drops of CBD oil. This method is good because the food masks the taste of CBD with the flavor. You can also dilute the oil with water that your dog drinks. The general rule is 1-3 milligrams of CBD per 10lbs of body weight. The larger the dog, the more the milligram of CBD oil.

Heat Therapy

This method was borrowed from a DIY and has proven to be effective. You need to fill a cotton tube and sock with four cups of rice or while corn. Then knot the end or tie it with a string and ensure it is closed. Microwave your sock in a microwave for at least a minute and there you have a heating pad for your dog.

It will help soothe aches and pain when placed on the dog’s body. An alternative is to use the canine light therapy pads which use wavelengths of light for relieving pain, muscle relaxation, releasing trigger points, and healing injuries. The heat also helps to reduce stiffness, muscle spasms and increases blood flow throughout the body of the dog.

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Most veterinarians prescribe medication to treat pain in dogs. The medication comes in form of pills, gel, skin patches, and as a liquid. Steroids and other supplements are the traditional treatment options for anti-inflammatory purposes and pain relief. You Vet can prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) with fewer side effects to treat orthopedic-related pain.