When Your Dog is Hurting

It is sometimes difficult to determine if your dog is really in pain, except if there is a marked change in activity, eating habits, or if the dog squeals when an area is touched or if limping is involved. If your dog is in pain, you might also see more resting, panting and an overall change in habits.

It is also a good idea not to experiment. Take the dog to your veterinarian and have the dog examined. The vet will be able to tell what is going on and will be able to prescribe the proper medication, which would be the normal dose for pain relief for dogs.


In order to obtain pain relief for dogs with chronic pain or inflammation, they can be given a dose of common aspirin, however it should always be given with food, as it will otherwise irritate the dog’s digestive system The weight of the dog will determine how much aspirin can be given. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling, pain and fever, which will cause the dog to feel more comfortable. Aspirin is usually given as a temporary relief strategy, because of the long-term side effects that can occur. Usually an overdose will cause bleeding from the stool of the dog.

Caution should be used when giving aspirin, because too much aspirin can be unhealthy for dogs. It can turn out to be toxic if it is given in higher doses in the range of 30mg per pound of weight. One adult aspirin, which is 320mg, would be a toxic dose for a dog weighing 10 pounds. Young dogs and puppies should not be given aspirin at all.

Most vets will recommend that a dog be given only 5 to 10mg per pound of a dog’s weight be given in a 12 hour period of time. To stay on the safe side, it is probably a good idea to stick with around 5mg per pound and that seems to work well.

Another effective medicine that is safe for dogs is a medication called Rimadyl. Rimadyl is a non-steroid drug that is anti-inflammatory. Hormones are reduced that cause inflammation and pain in the dog’s body. It is especially good for hip dysplasia and arthritis conditions in dogs. It is always wise to consult with your veterinarian in these matters if you are not sure.

Aspirin and Rimadyl should not be given to dogs who are pregnant or lactating, and if they have ulcers, or internal bleeding. If they have a heart condition fluid retention or disorders that cause bleeding, these items should not be given.

Tylenol is never a good idea to give to dogs, because it can make them very ill, or even kill them. Most dogs do not tolerate it well, and that goes for Advil and other similar pain relievers that are meant for humans. Always check with your veterinarian before you give any pain medications like these in order to provide pain relief for dogs.

Dogs are incredible creatures, and they will try to keep going against all odds, so sometimes they will mask little, nagging pains. If you suspect your dog is in pain, or the habits change suddenly, get your dog to the veterinarian and be sure that there is not a problem.