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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Lockwood

When Your Dog Is In Pain

Recently, I noticed Molly, my dog, not acting like she usually does. Wasn't her happy self, looked depressed and sad, was panting a lot and walking funny. She didn't whimper or cry, she wasn't limping. Just looked out of sorts.

My first thought was she ate something that didn't agree with her. But, she was going to the bathroom like normal, was eating and still wanted treats. So didn't think that was it. Of course it happened on a weekend and could not get in to see our veterinarian. So I had to help her until I could get her in to see the vet on Monday. Turns out she hurt her back and may have a degenerative issue with the joints in her back. She does like a particular chair and may have hurt her back jumping on or off the chair. The vet took X-rays to be sure. They gave me steroids, muscle relaxers and pain medicine and instructions to let her rest with no jumping, running or playing.

There are some things to keep in mind if your pet is in pain and you can't get them into the vet right away. To help understand if they are in pain look for these signs-

  • Restless or distracted easily

  • Looking uncomfortable

  • heavy panting and licking

  • Whimpering, crying, groaning, or howling

  • Droopy ears, looking worried (shifty eyes, arched eyebrows)

  • Not responding when called

Never give your pet any of the following medications-

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

  • Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)

  • Naproxen (Aleve)

These medications can cause stomach bleeding, kidney failure, and liver failure.

To help keep your pet comfortable, get their bed or make a bed with lots of blankets and pillows. Keep them calm and as still as possible. Stay with them. Pets always feel better when you are around. Give them massages! It has been scientifically proven that petting your animals not only gives them a feeling of well-being, it also helps lower your anxiety and blood pressure!

Call your vet and get them in a soon as possible.

Molly is on the mend! I'm hoping she will be back to her normal happy self soon. I miss her wagging tail and our walks!

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