Monthly Archives: April 2016

How will my pet heal if we give her a painkiller? She’ll run around like normal. Wouldn’t it be better for her to just lie in her bed and get well?

Your pet will heal better and faster if her pain is under control. If you’re concerned about her activity, you might consider confining her in a crate, cage or small room until she gets better. If it does not get better, call or visit Delton Veterinary Hospital.

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I’ve never used painkillers with my pets before. Why do veterinarians prescribe them now?

Pain medications for pets are relatively new. It’s only been in the last decade we’ve learned that pets that take painkillers heal better than those that don’t. We’ve also learned that unchecked pain can lead to chronic, long-term pain that can be harder and more expensive to treat later.

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Are these pain medications safe?

Medications undergo extensive testing. But, like all drugs, they have the potential to cause side effects in a small percentage of animals.

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What are these side effects?

Vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools (they appear black and tarry, as if they contain coffee grounds), change in drinking or urinating, changes in behavior (such as depression), restlessness or appetite loss, yellowing of gums, skin or whites of eyes, changes in skin (redness, scabs or scratching). If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, […]

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Isn’t it natural for older dogs to have pain from arthritis? Is pain medication really necessary?

Old age is not a disease, but arthritis is. Fortunately, we now have medications that can alleviate much, if not all, of your dog’s discomfort, just as we do with people who suffer from arthritis.

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Can changing my dog’s diet help relieve her pain?

Yes, it can! It is especially useful to alleviate pain from arthritis. Some very specific aspects of diet or dietary supplements can help affect orthopedic and musculoskeletal pain. Your veterinarian can explain these to you.

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How will I know when it’s time to stop treating the pain? When will I know that my pet has suffered from cancer long enough?

That’s a difficult question that varies from animal to animal and pet owner to pet owner. To help you know when the time is right, it may help to consider several quality of life factors and measure them daily on a scale of one to ten. Quality of life factors include such things as […]

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How can I alleviate my dog’s thunderstorm-related anxiety?

“Thundershirts™” may provide relief for many types of dog anxiety, including thunderstorms.
The “Thundershirt” applies gentle, constant pressure and can have a dramatic calming effect on the nervous system.

“My 12-year-old Lab cross, Sophie, has always had a fear of thunderstorms. In previous years, thunderstorms in our area have been infrequent, so her anxiety has been […]

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My dog has been sprayed by a skunk. What do I do?

Hold your breath! And don’t bother wasting time asking everyone and their aunt about remedies for removing skunk smell. The reason why there are so many remedies to deal with skunk smell is because of residual skunk smell. The reason for residual smell is because rarely does anyone bother to scrub the part of […]

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My dog has diarrhea. Can I give it Pepto Bismol®?

For dogs yes, but only if your dog is bright, has an appetite, and is not vomiting, nor showing any signs of abdominal pain.

The dose for dogs is 1ml per 4kg of body weight (in English that is about 1 tsp. per 40 lbs.). It should be given three or four times a day. […]

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