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My Dog Might Be In Pain 15 Signs To Look For Part 4

What We Learned in ‘Pain 15 Signs’ Parts 1 to 3
The previous three articles dedicated to My Dog Might Be In Pain 15 Signs To Look For touched on signs of pain related to reduced activities, reluctance to walk on slippery surfaces / negotiate stairs, becoming selective about what to jump up on or down […]

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Make Time To Exercise Dog

Exercise Dog = Good For You
Dogs need exercise to stimulate them mentally as well as to burn off excess energy. If they don’t get the exercise they need, they can gain weight, act out, show anxiety or demand constant attention from their owners. Besides, imagine if you could only leave the house when someone […]

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My Dog Might Be In Pain 15 Signs To Look For Part 3

My dog might be in pain continued from last week…
Pain signs from parts 1 and 2 include reluctance to walk on slippery surfaces and negotiate stairs, becoming selective about what to jump up on or down from, and getting up from lying down using the front legs first.  
Once again since they cannot tell us […]

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My Dog Might Be In Pain 15 Signs to Look For Part 2

My Dog Might Be In Pain Continued from last week…
Is your dog in pain? The previous article of this series covered reluctance to walk on slippery surfaces and reluctance to negotiate stairs.
Since they can’t tell us…
3)  Your dog is becoming selective about what to jump up on or down from.  This is not so different […]

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My Dog Might Be In Pain 15 Signs to Look For Part 1

Your dog can’t tell us …
Several times a day I wish I could ask my dog patients this simple question.  It sure would make the decision of when to bring your pet to your veterinarian simple (and my job a lot easier!).  Since we can’t, this series of articles will cover established but often subtle […]

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Dog drinks a lot of water, should you worry?

Before answering your dog and water question we have to do some homework.

A dog, like people, can drink more water on hot days or after exercise. That being said, increased drinking and frequent urination can often be signs of illness. Here are some things to consider.

First thing, if you’ve noticed an increase in drinking […]

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How can I tell if my dog is in pain?

Dogs that are in pain act just like humans do: They behave differently from normal. Dogs may withdraw, become listless or overly affectionate. They may bark, whine or act unusually aggressive. Often, dogs in pain lick, bite or protect a certain part of their body. Their appetite changes or they soil in the house. […]

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If I sense my dog is in pain can I use painkillers like Aspirin or Tylenol that I have around the house?

No! Always contact your veterinarian before you give a pain medication to your pet. Common human pain medicines can be harmful and sometimes fatal to animals. For example, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding in dogs, and Tylenol can kill cats.

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Would it be okay for me to increase the dosage of the pain medicine my veterinarian prescribed if my pet isn’t getting better?

Please call your veterinarian before you change the dosage of any medicine. Some pets take longer to respond to a medication, and often the benefits aren’t realized until the drug is no longer administered. Over time, your veterinarian may choose to increase the dosage or try a different approach if the pain persists.

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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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