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Painkillers for dogs

Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from pain. They can be acute or chronic and can have a variety of causes, from illness to injury.

We will explain to you how to recognise pain in your four-legged friend, which painkillers are suitable for dogs and which side effects you must expect with these. You will also learn why it is taboo to reach into your own medicine chest.

Recognising pain in dogs

Recognising pain in dogs

Pain is often not easily recognizable in dogs. Because it is in their nature to hide them in order not to be perceived as a weak member of their pack.

For this reason, it is important that dog owners observe their four-legged friend closely and pay attention to abnormalities. If a dog suffers from pain, it can express itself among other things in changes of the eating behavior, the breathing, the posture, the movements as well as the general behavior.

For example, stiff movements and a cramped posture may indicate chronic pain, while a dog with acute pain may become restless and growl.

The causes of the pain are crucial

Self-medication is not useful to relieve a dog's pain. Instead, a veterinarian should always be consulted. After all, pain is just a symptom of illness or injury.

The veterinarian can therefore first of all get to the bottom of the actual cause of the discomfort and determine the measures necessary for the treatment. A suitable painkiller for dogs is usually only a part of the therapy.

Possible side effects of painkillers for dogs

Taking painkillers for dogs can be associated with a variety of side effects. The list of possible side effects is long and often makes owners doubt that the administration of a prescribed drug is actually sensible.

The actual expected side effects of a painkiller for dogs are listed in the package leaflet and may vary depending on the active ingredients contained.

Depending on the active ingredient, pain killers for dogs can have the following side effects:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in blood count
  • Tremors
  • Reinforced panting
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain

Considering the possible side effects, it is quite understandable if the sense of a painkiller for dogs is questioned and carefully weighed in individual cases.

Nevertheless, in case of doubt it is advisable to talk to the veterinarian and discuss benefits and risks as well as possible alternatives with him.

Pain killers for humans are unsuitable for dogs

Pain killers

Many people take painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol as a matter of course when it comes to headaches or the like.

However, common painkillers from human medicine are not suitable for dogs. Even small doses can be life-threatening for your four-legged friend.

  • Aspirin damages the mucous membranes and leads to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Paracetamol also attacks the mucous membranes and causes severe damage to the liver.
  • Ibuprofen damages the mucous membranes, causes bleeding in the stomach and intestines and kidney damage.
  • Diclofenac can cause severe damage to the kidneys and liver.

What is actually supposed to relieve your dog's pain leads to the exact opposite of the active ingredients mentioned and in many cases ends fatally.

Since it is not always obvious at first glance which active ingredient is contained in a painkiller, it is important to pay attention to the exact composition. Irrespective of this, the administration of a drug should always be discussed with a veterinarian anyway.

Common painkillers for dogs

There are a number of different preparations that can be used for pain therapy in dogs and we would like to introduce you to some common products in the following. These include both prescription and over-the-counter painkillers for dogs.

Prescription painkillers for dogs

Novalgin contains the active ingredient metamizole sodium, which has an analgesic and antipyretic effect. This painkiller for dogs is available only on prescription and is particularly suitable for diseases of the urinary tract and colic.

Onsior contains robenacoxib, an active ingredient that is both analgesic and anti-inflammatory. This preparation is also only available on prescription.

Metacam contains the active ingredient meloxicam. It is available only on prescription and has an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effect. The painkiller is mainly used for joint diseases such as arthrosis and arthritis.

Prescription-free painkillers for dogs

Buscopan contains the active ingredient butylscopolaminium bromide. This over-the-counter painkiller for dogs is particularly effective against abdominal cramps and stomach pain.

Arnica D6 globules are homeopathic beads containing Arnica. They are often used by dog owners for pain after surgery. They are also used to help with psychological trauma.

Traumeel is also a homeopathic over-the-counter painkiller that is also available for dogs. It contains various medicinal plants and is primarily recommended for joint problems such as arthritis.

Our recommendation for dogs with joint problems

Bone Capsules

Joint problems are unfortunately not uncommon in dogs. Not only do they cause severe pain, but sooner or later they also lead to a considerable restriction in mobility.

For this reason, we offer Bellfor Joints & Bones, a natural dietary supplement for dogs with joint diseases.

Bellfor Joints & Bones contains the innovative active ingredient Ovopet. This is obtained from the egg shell membrane of hen's eggs and naturally contains over 500 different ingredients.

Collagen, hyaluronic acid, lysozyme as well as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate are of particular importance for the joints.

High effectiveness in theory and practice

Studies have shown that the special combination of different ingredients is particularly effective for joint problems.

Similar results have now been achieved by countless dog owners who have been able to significantly reduce the complaints of their dogs with osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia thanks to Bellfor Joints & Bones.

Painkillers for dogs - the most important thing at a glance

If a dog suffers from pain, this can have completely different causes. For this reason a veterinarian should always be consulted. He can find out the cause of the pain and choose a suitable painkiller for dogs.

On the other hand the independent administration of medicaments from the human medicine should be renounced absolutely. Because many of these pain killers can be even deadly for dogs.


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