October 15, 2016 | Erin | 10 Comments When it comes to pain, knowing your dog can help identify behaviors that could mean he is experiencing pain. Being aware of those signs as early as possible means controlling your dog’s pain as quickly as possible. While every dog is different, there are universal behaviors that your dog could display that mean he is feeling pain. A natural question is, what can I give my dog for pain? First, let’s see how your dog could show you they have pain. 5 Signs Your Dog Is In Pain Loss of appetite – Whenever you notice that your dog’s not interested in eating, you need to go to the vet as this could be a sign of many serious ailments. Excessive panting – If your dog is panting heavily and it is not hot or your dog has not been active, he may be in pain. If you notice heavy panting with no known reason, it is time to see the vet. Constant grooming -When your dog becomes obsessive about grooming, especially if it is one area only, it could be a location of pain for your dog. Dogs will constantly lick an area to alleviate pain even if there is no injury. When you notice this, keep an eye on that area to determine if a trip to the vet is needed. Being shy or aggressive – If you notice that your dog is not as social as he once was, does not want to be picked up or petted, it very likely that pain it to blame. Your dog could also become aggressive , or hides from attention. Either of these behaviors could be triggered by pain. Since you dog cannot tell you about his pain, he is doing his best to avoid the pain and needs to be seen by his vet. Changes in behavior – if your dog is having accidents, sleeping more than normal, avoiding stairs, limping or has a lack of interest is activities they normally enjoy, any of these signs could mean that your dog is experiencing pain and should see their vet. So now that you know the signs that your dog could be in pain, it is time to ask what can I give my dog for pain? The following list is common over-the-counter(OTC) medications that your dog can safely take along with general dosages. Before using any OTC drugs for your dog, it is important to check with your veterinarian on the safeness of a medicine for your dog. Safe OTC Medications For Dogs Buffered Aspirin – relieves pain and inflammation. Can give 5mg per lb of body weight every 12 hours. It is very important to speak with your vet about the use of buffered aspirin if your dog takes steroids Immodium AD – Relieves diarrhea. 1 mg per 20 lbs of body weight every 8 hours Mineral oil – relieves constipation. Safe to give up to 4 tbs daily Canned pumpkin – receives both constipation and diarrhea. Dosage is 2 -3 tsp every 8-12 hours Pepto Bismol – relieves diarrhea, vomiting, and gas. Can give 1 tsp per 5lbs body weight or 1 tablet per 20 lbs every 6 hours Benedryl – relieves allergies and itching, 1/2 to 1 mg per lb of body weight Robitussin DM – relieves coughing, 1 tsp per 20 lbs body weight every 8-12 hours Pepcid AC (Famotidine) -can help a pet with stomach issues or stomach inflammation. Please check with your vet to be certain that your dog can and should take this and at what dosage. My Beagle is prone to stomach issues and she takes Famotidine twice daily. Please note that Pepcid AC is a brand of Famotidine and is pretty expensive. Purchasing a generic Famotidine works just as well, the ingredients are the same and it costs just a fraction of what the brand name product costs. Corticosteroid sprays and creams – can help soothe itchy skin or hot spots. The cream is a better choice to use on your dog since the spray contains alcohol and can burn when first applied. Also, be aware of where you use this as you do not want your dog to lick it off. So now you know of ways that you can help your dog with pain, ways that may be in your medicine cabinet right now. Please leave comments or questions below and I would love to hear your experiences with giving your dog OTC medicines.