Hello and welcome to DogPainReliefNow!
First off, I am not a veterinarian. But I am a dog owner and have had a couple of dogs suffer from long-term pain.
We had a beautiful white boxer, Abby, that we got when she was just a couple of months old. At around 2 years old, her back legs would just ‘slip’ out under her. After a couple of times, we took her to the vet where they x-rayed her and discovered she had basically no cartilage in her hips. We were told to put her on Rimadyl for pain control. Now, she was an incredibly stoic dog, and very active. She hardly ever seemed to be in pain, so we only gave the pain killer when she seemed to be slowing down or didn’t want to play.
But Abby hated taking the medicine. She had no problem eating anything else, just not these pills. We had to constantly trick her into eating them. This got harder and harder as she got older. We finally had to put her down at the young age of 8 (one of the worst days of my life), but she had no quality of life by that time.
It took us almost a year before we were ready for another dog, Shadow, which was a rescue dog, who had all sorts of skin issues. But rather than put him on corticosteroids, I decided to go the natural route, and was able to cure a lot of his issues.
Then we were asked to rescue another dog, a large mastiff mix, who got along fantastically with Shadow. She was around 2 when we got her, and I noticed she had problems getting up sometimes. I figured this was my second chance to learn how to control my dog’s pain and I would start off with natural methods. She’s 4 now and runs and plays like a puppy (we always laugh when she plays like this cause here is this big goofy 100+ pound dog acting like a little puppy).
I’m not knocking pharmaceuticals. I just feel they are over-prescribed when there are acceptable natural remedies that work just as well (this goes for humans as well as canines!) Of course there are times when only pharmaceuticals will help.
My hope with this site is to inform you about all types of pain relief for dogs so you can work together with your vet to figure out the best plan for your dog.