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Your 9-year-old German Shepherd is limping, and you think that arthritis may be setting in. A trip to the veterinarian proves that you’re right—it’s osteoarthritis, a degeneration of the cartilage and bone that affects joints. The veterinarian prescribes a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

NSAIDs are a class of drugs extensively used in both human and veterinary medicine for their anti-fever, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, and they are the most commonly prescribed pain relievers for animals. Inflammation—the body’s response to irritation or injury—is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. NSAIDs work by blocking the production of chemicals produced by the body that play a role in inflammation. Read more

Pain Management in Dogs - Laurelwood Animal Hospital

Pain is personal. Anyone who has ever experienced a throbbing, wracking headache while the rest of the world went about its business can attest to just how personal pain can be. In addition, it is only when we verbalize or otherwise indicate that we need assistance alleviating the pain that anyone will even consider coming to our aid. And so it is with managing pain in the dogs in our care. They too often suffer in silence.

Fortunately this issue of pain management in pets has been a topic of high priority within the veterinary profession. The 2001 AVMA Animal Welfare Forum, presented in Chicago, was attended by over 100 veterinarians interested in developing a better understanding of pain management in dogs and other animals. It is through these types of educational efforts that our canine companions will have an improved quality of life… even though they cannot verbalize when they are in discomfort.

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