Having a dog will provide you with unconditional love and companionship. A dog can make you feel happy, wanted, and special. Indeed, studies have shown that having a loving pet can reduce depression, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease.
In fact, your dog can even save your life. For example, dogs can be trained so that they can protect their owner in the event that they have a seizure. Dogs can also help patients recover quicker from injuries, surgery, or various ailments.
For instance, dogs are commonly used to help patients with their physical rehabilitation after an accident or operation. They are also employed to help patients with their speech therapy or even their occupational therapy.
However, the only way to ensure a strong and enduring symbiotic relationship between a dog and their parent is for both parties to be healthy. When a dog becomes ill, the owner may also suffer mentally, physically, and financially.
Here, our focus will be on tips that can relieve pain for dogs that suffer from severe diseases.
Diseases and Symptoms of Pain
When their pancreas becomes inflamed, a dog will begin to feel very sharp pains in their abdomen. The pain that they experience is similar to what you may experience after eating spoiled food.
Some patients describe pancreatitis as a sharp pain that makes them think their appendix is about to burst. The condition may go away on its own after a few days, or it may last for much longer. Severe cases of pancreatitis will lead to death.
Obese dogs are more susceptible to pancreatitis, and certain prescription drugs and infections may trigger the condition. Certain fatty foods, such as table scraps or bacon, may also trigger a pancreatic episode.
If you notice that your dog is not eating, has diarrhoea, is always tired, and winces in pain when you probe its belly, then it may have pancreatitis.
It should also be noted that cancer is the leading cause of death in canines. Bone cancer is one of the most painful types of cancer that a dog can develop, and commonly occurs in larger breeds.
It tends to occur in the back and front limbs of the dog, but may also affect the ribs, facial bones, jaw, and vertebrae of the dog as well. Bone cancer will only become worse with time, and will lead to death if not caught in time.
Larger and older dogs are at an increased risk of developing bone cancer. Dogs that have been diagnosed with bone disease in the past, as well as those that have had broken bones, are at an increased risk of developing bone cancer in their lifetime.
If your dog seems weak, tired, and is having trouble breathing, then it may have bone cancer. If your dog is limping, or you notice swelling around its jaws or legs, then you should bring it to a vet as soon as possible. A lack of appetite and pain when opening its mouth are also telltale signs that something is amiss.
Methods to Treat Pain
Your vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs of the non-steroidal variety in order to treat your dog’s pain. Known as NSAIDs, they work similarly to Aleve or Ibuprofen to help relieve your pain.
There are NSAIDs designed especially for canines, such as meloxicam, deracoxib, carprofen, and firocoxib. NSAIDs are designed to reduce joint stiffness and discomfort, as well as pain and swelling.
There are also many natural remedies, such as botanicals, that can help relieve pain. For example, joint inflammation and pain can be relieved with turmeric. Turmeric is a potent antioxidant, and can help neutralize free radicals that are linked to joint damage and inflammation.
Furthermore, if your dog suffers from arthritis, then giving it cinnamon may help provide some pain relief. The amount of cinnamon will depend on the size of the dog and its breed, so please speak to your vet in order to determine if cinnamon is right for your pet.
Cinnamon has some anti-inflammatory properties that may decelerate the wear and tear of your dog’s joint tissue. Cinnamon may also provide some relief if your dog suffers from cramps, diarrhoea, and/or irritable bowel syndrome.
Frankincense is an essential oil that can help relieve anxiety and nervousness. It may also augment blood flow and boost your dog’s immune system. Moreover, it may help reduce the pain caused by external ulcers, and some data has shown that it may reverse or stop the growth of certain tumors.
Some exercises, such as dancing with your dog, or taking your dog on walks across varied terrain, can also help relieve pain and increase their flexibility and range of motion. Underwater treadmill therapy, therapeutic exercises, and taking your dog for a swim can also help relieve pain, especially if they suffer from arthritis.
Some pet owners prefer to use holistic forms of therapy such as CBD oil to help treat the pain of their beloved pets. Other owners may turn to a medicine like Metacam in order to help their dogs. Metacam is mainly used to treat osteoarthritis symptoms in dogs, such as difficulty moving and severe pain. It can be administered via an injection or given in a pill form.
Live Long and Prosper
When a beloved family pet becomes ill, the entire family will suffer. Many people will mourn the loss of their pet as if it were their child. A pet owner may become depressed, angry, or suffer from psychosomatic symptoms, such as insomnia, fatigue, nausea, or loss of appetite, if their pet becomes sick.
Conversely, when a dog is happy, healthy, and vibrant, their owner will often feel the same way. A happy and healthy dog will live a lengthier and more fulfilling life, and their owner will be able to enjoy their love and support for longer.
Devon Graham is a blogger in Toronto. He graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing. Devon Graham is a community manager for small businesses across Canada. He also likes to research various topics related to pets, food, storage solutions and business solutions.