Pain Management for Dogs

bigstock_Sick_Dog_6245269Medications for treating pain


General Pain

  • Nsaid (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product) - There are many types of Nsaids. This family of drugs treats both pain and inflammation. Never-ever give a steroid at the same time as a Nsaid product.

  • Tramadol - Only treats pain. It can be safely combined with Nsaid products to improve pain control.

  • Neurontin (gabapentin) - Is very useful as an adjunctive analgesic in cases of chronic pain.

Arthritic Pain

  • Adequan - Is an injection that helps rebuild cartridge and decrease inflammation in joints. It is given every 4 days for 8 injections. It is then spread out over time to every 3-4 weeks. It can be safely given with Nsaids and Tramadol.
  • Cosequin - These products do not produce consistent response with pets...The specific pet products do seem to help more consistently.
  • Omega Fatty Acids Fish Oil Capsules - OFAFC's help with joint inflammation.
  • Diet???????? Some diets have been specifically formulated with extra omegas etc to help with arthritic changes.

Spinal pain

A physical exam will help identify weakness caused by spinal compression. In addition to Nsaids, Tramadol and Neurontin the following medications can help with spinal compression.


  • Steroids - This family of drugs causes reduction in all types of inflammation...especially in the spine. Tramadol can also be safely combined with a steroid to improve pain management. Steroids can not be given at the same time as an Nsaid.
  • Muscle relaxers - When they are combined with the above products they can help improve pain management.

Talk with your Veterinarian about which of the above medications can help treat your pet's symptoms.