The modern home would not be complete without a dog. We love our pets but of all the kinds we know and keep, dogs are our best friends. They display so many human characteristics, such as excitement, sadness, confusion and frustration. But one emotion and feeling that is difficult to express for our lovely canines, is pain. How do you know that you dog is in pain? The easy signs are when they seem disinterested in things they would normally jump at the chance to do. They don’t want to play fetch, they don’t have an appetite and they don’t respond to your calls and generally, they just seem quiet. However, they may also display signs of physical anguish when they make noises such as whimpering and sometimes excessive yawning. They might make elongated noises that go up and down in pitch yet their tone is subdued. If you’re already starting to get confused, you’re not alone. Here are some ways you can at least help them.
Be more still
Dogs sometimes get too confused for their own good. If a dog is in pain, they might make things worse by moving around when they shouldn’t. For example, they may have a cut on their paw but rather than take the weight off it and lie down, your hound could still be putting weight on it and making things worse. To stop them from exacerbating the situation, comfort them and try to get them to stop moving. Get close to your dog and sit with them. This will ease their stress levels and anxiety. They can’t express what they’re feeling and their wild animal instinct can kick in that makes them feel there is danger near or they are in danger of being hurt even more. So hold them still, wrap them in a blanket and pet them gently.
Safe home remedies
Unlike humans, dogs can’t take aspirin safely. It’s highly warned against, so giving them some other alternative is recommended. Using dog cbd treatments is a great alternative to aspirin. If you keep reading here, you can see that although aspirin may work in calming down the pain the side effects are just too risky. Other natural pain killers are things like fish oil, extra-virgin coconut oil, spices such as turmeric, rosemary and ginger. Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal are helpful as they lower CRP levels which can cause more inflammation to occur. Dark leafy vegetables give your dog plenty of minerals and vitamins to fight infection but they are also great pain relievers.
Tracking their healing
Feeding your dog plenty of protein is going to help repair any damage they may have suffered. Therefore mixing dark green leafy vegetables with raw meat is going to be extremely helpful to their recovery. But track their pain and healing. Taking photographs of their wounds or symptoms and checking their progress over days will show you if things are getting better or worse. It’s not easy, but you can pick up on your dog’s signals when they’re in great pain. Using natural remedies is highly recommended, so fish oil and whole grains should be fed to your dog.
How do you comfort sick or injured pets? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!