Cancer in dogs is painful — for both you and your furry friend.
Luckily, you have a lot of options when it comes to managing your dog's cancer pain. There are a lot of things you can do to improve their quality of life.
Deciding what methods to use will depend entirely on your dog. But here are some methods for you to consider when you want to make your pooch more comfortable.
Find the right medication
Obviously, one of the first things you could try would be traditional medicine. Some of these include:
- Nonopioid analgesics
- Weaker opioid drugs
- Strong opioid drugs
- Local or regional block using a local anesthetic
Of course, like traditional medicine, medication for your pets has side effects that you need to consider.
At the end of the day, it's up to you to make the decision. Is this medication improving your pet's quality of life? Do the pros outweigh the cons?
You want your pet to live as long as possible, of course, but that isn't as important as making sure that your dog has a happy, comfortable life.
It's also difficult to draw the line on how much you should be spending. Is the medicine worth the value?
Of course, you can't put a price tag on your dog's comfort. But these are things to take into account.
Acupuncture is often used to relieve pain or tension in humans.
Likewise, it can also relieve pain and tension in dogs. It does this by using needles to stimulate the release of the body's natural pain relief.
Acupuncture can also relax your dog's muscles, leading to less stress and pain for them.
This natural approach can be very helpful for your dog, but it does require regular trips to the vet to have it done. This might not be the best option for dogs who get nervous in the car.
It's also not good for dogs who aren't comfortable around strangers, as acupuncture requires having one touch them frequently.
If you decide to try acupuncture, make sure you find a professional who is confident in what they are doing. While acupuncture is not dangerous, having someone who is inexperienced will not do much good and might cause your pet more pain.
Give your dog a massage
Chances are, your dog already loves attention from you. What if you could turn that attention into cancer pain relief?
Giving your dog a relaxing massage can help with pain relief. It also creates bonding in the same way that petting your animal does.
It can also help you get up close and personal, so you know when something changes in your dog's body.
Exactly how you massage your dog will depend on where their pain is, of course. But here is a general massage to get you started.
- Get your area ready. Provide a comfortable place for your pet to lay.
- Massage their temples in a gentle circular motion.
- Knead their ears gently, or scratch around them.
- Rub palms with fur growth along your dog's back.
- Apply pressure to hips in a circular motion.
- Squeeze your dog's legs gently.
This routine can be changed or altered based on your dog's preferences.
Keep your dog's environment calm and comfortable
This helps reduce pain by reducing stress.
As your dog gets into the later years of its life, it needs a happy, calm environment to keep it happy. A place with plenty of social activity but nothing too rowdy is perfect for your pooch.
A comfortable bed is also key in keeping your dog's pain managed. Sleeping on a hard floor can increase joint pain.
A soft but firm bed will keep your dog happy and healthier longer.
Make sure that, even though your dog is sick, you're still giving them plenty of attention. Talk to them and pet them as much as you can.
Dogs will always be social creatures, so don't leave them alone for long periods of time, or anxiety could develop.
But loud noises might get them riled up, causing more pain. So find a good balance between the two.
Do not give your dog human painkillers!
It can be tempting to try and treat your dog's pain the same way you treat your own pain.
But, oftentimes, this does more harm than good. Things like Advil or Tylenol are damaging and can be toxic to dogs.
Aspirin is incredibly dangerous to dogs, and it is far too easy to give them an overdose because all dogs have their own level of susceptibility. It's hard and dangerous to try and measure it.
Meanwhile, Tylenol can play a part in destroying your dog's liver.
Unless your vet specifically tells you to do so, do not give these things to your dog. And even with a vet's permission, you should consider alternate treatments.
We understand that you want to do everything in your power to help your dog. You don't want to see your pet suffering because you love them.
But, sometimes, that help isn't really helping at all.
Can we help to reduce your dog's cancer pain?
These solutions are all valid ways to help your dog's cancer pain. You can often use them in conjunction with each other.
You can also use them in conjunction with Yuunan Baiyou.
Yuunan Baiyou is a herbal remedy to treat cancer pain in dogs. It is not a "cure," or a replacement to chemotherapy. It simply helps to improve your dog's quality of life.
It does this by reducing internal bleeding, something that often happens in cancerous tumors. It also helps to improve your pup's immune system.
This remedy is completely natural, so it doesn't carry the same dangerous side effects as other pain management drugs do.
If you're considering Yuunan Baiyou, make sure you talk with your vet about implementing it into your pain management plan.
We offer a wide range of products to suit every dog's needs. Check them out today, and decide if Yuunan Baiyou is right for your dog!