Dog pain will happen at some point in your dogs life. Do you know what to do?
Pain Management and Your Dog
By Debbie Wood, © 2009
Showing pain is a sign of weakness in wild animals and the traditional dog pack would destroy a member who could slow the pack down.( Much like Junior High.) This harsh reality has made canines very good at hiding their pain. A well developed trust will help your dog show you where it hurts. Possible signs of dog pain could be: panting, excess sleeping, and crankiness.
Is it acute or chronic? Can you localize the area? Inspect gently and remember that a dog in pain can bite!
There was an old idea that dogs should not be given pain relief because the dog would not know better and run around on his broken leg. This has since been debunked, so please relieve the pain!! The best results are from “pain management” not “pain chasing”. Bringing pain back down is more difficult than keeping on top of it. This can take some finessing on your part, but you know your dog better than anyone else does. The holistic approaches I will brush on can be used in conjunction with any pharmaceuticals that your friend may already be on.
Management of dog pain:
DLPA, an amino acid, is available in pill form and it works by slowing the enzymes that consume the naturally occurring endorphins that the body makes to kill pain. Give twice daily at the following rates: 100mg for smalls, 200mg for mediums, 400 mg for large fellas and the giants can take 600mg.
Pain from inflammation can be helped with a cold pack and rest. A natural anti inflammatory is vitamin C. Serve twice daily, 125 mg each time for little dogs, 250 mg medium, 500 mg for large and up to 1000mg for the giants.
Homeopathic remedies are very effective at pain management. Arnica and Hypericum are just two pain remedies, but more information will be needed to find the correct remedy and dosage. There is plenty of information on line with descriptions of types of pain and their homeopathic remedies.
Calcium is a natural muscle relaxant. Relaxed muscles allow blood flow which is necessary for healing. Chamomile makes a calming tea. Add some weak tea to your pet’s meal and she will slow right down, saving energy for the cell splitting she needs to do.
Anything you can do to relax your pet and keep the stress low will speed up the healing. Bach flower remedies such as “Impatients” or “Star of Bethleham” can be helpful. Vitamin B complex helps to keep the happy part of the brain functioning so stress can be minimized.
Chiropractic medicine, Tellington Touch Therapy, and Acupuncture are also valid avenues to investigate. A holistic veterinarian or technician can help steer you through alternative therapies. Holistic pet supply stores with a knowledgeable staff can be a wealth of information.
I am sure that I have missed many other holistic treatments that would help with dog pain, and I want you to have the courage to investigate for yourself.
Information is power.
The body wants to heal itself more than anything else. If we can just give it what it needs, amazing things can happen. What the body needs most of all is good fresh food moving through a clean efficient gut. All the remedies in the world are useless if they cannot be absorbed. A variety of raw meaty bones with fruits and veggies is a great start. Fish and eggs, bones and fasting….but that’s another article.
Take care of yourself and your beautiful dog. You have much to learn from each other….
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