Aggression in cats is a common complaint of cat owners, and if it is something you are experiencing, you may be wondering what is causing this behavior or if you have done something to make your cat aggressive toward you.
It’s not easy to admit that our beloved dog is aging. You’ve enjoyed each stage of their life from the puppy phase to adulthood. As your dog ages, you may have some concerns about your pet and how to care from them as they reach their senior years.
Good dental hygiene is a crucial part of maintaining your pet’s overall health. Although pets don’t tend to get cavities, they are at risk for other dental issues such as periodontal or gum disease, making it the number one ailment found in both cats and dogs. Therefore, it is essential for pet owners to include dental care in their animal’s veterinary routine. Continue reading
With the holiday season upon us, it is time to begin the various festivities of the holidays. From shopping to family gatherings, the holidays can be a busy time for you and your family. Don’t let all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season make you forget about all the pet-proofing measures you take throughout the year to keep your pet safe. Continue reading
At Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we have put together a few tips to help you get started training your kitten!
When your pet is suffering from any type of ailment, you want to provide them with the best relief possible to ensure they are comfortable. Painkillers and other medications may not work for your dog or maybe you would prefer to take a more natural approach to help your dog heal. CBDs are a great, natural treatment option for a variety of common ailments and mood issues that your pet may be experiencing. Continue reading
Healthy eating and getting proper nourishment are important factors for leading a long and healthy life, for both humans and pets. As a pet owner, you want your dog to have a good diet to ensure they receive the nutrients needed to stay healthy and happy throughout their life.
When looking for the best dog food for your pet, it is important to understand your options and know what to seek out and what to avoid. Continue reading
As your dog ages, they may begin to experience issues such as arthritis, that can cause them daily unbearable pain. Unlike humans, dogs cannot verbalize their pain, making it difficult for us to recognize they are in pain and if the pain is severe enough for medical treatment. When it comes to pain management in older dogs, it is important to first understand how to recognize when your pet is experiencing pain.
Common Signs Your Dog is in Pain
There are obvious situations where you can assume your dog will experience pain such as after surgery or a known injury. Other instances of pain may be subtler. Older dogs commonly experience pain due to arthritis in their hips, shoulders, knees, elbows, and lower back. Signals that may indicate your pet is in pain include:
- Hunched posture. This is usually caused by back or abdominal pain
- Obsessive grooming. When grooming is focused on one part of the body, it could signal pain in that area.
- Irritability. A friendly and tolerant dog who is in pain may become aggressive or irritable.
- Difficulty moving. One of the first signs you may notice is that your dog is having problems standing up or sitting down which is commonly a sign of back pain.
Another sign of pain could be squinting of the eyes, accompanied by heavy breathing. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to have your pet examined and establish a plan to manage your dog’s pain with your veterinarian.
Pain Management Methods for Older Dogs
From therapies to pain medications, there is a pain management option out there to suit your dog’s specific needs. Common pain management methods include:
- Weight loss. If a dog is overweight, they are putting more stress on their joints. Weight loss can help relieve the extra stress on your dog’s joints, helping to ease arthritic pain.
- Nutraceuticals. These supplements provide medicinal benefits along with nutritional benefits and can be used to manage conditions inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
- NSAIDs. Aspirin is a common over the counter NSAID that should only be used temporarily for pain management. Prescription NSAIDs such as meloxicam are much safer for daily use.
- Opioids. Tramadol is a common opioid used to treat dogs for very severe pain and is often used with NSAIDs to increase its effectiveness. Opioids are not commonly prescribed due to the high abuse rate.
It is important to start small when managing pain in older dogs. You can begin with weight loss then move on to adding in supplements like fish oil and if that isn’t enough then you can escalate to treatment with NSAIDs or Tramadol. It is important to consult with your veterinarian to find the best pain management method for your dog.
Contact the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro today to learn more about pain management options for your pet.