If you notice any unusual changes in your dog and feel that he isn’t quite himself so lately, this could be because he is in pain or having any injury which you can’t see apparently. The dog might be experiencing pain because of an infection, injury, or for any disease or maybe that pain is because he is started to develop the signs or aches of aging. When your pet feels any sort of pain and you notice it too, you would surely want him to feel better and most of the times you don’t even know the reason behind pain as it isn’t apparent so the best thing at that time is to visit the veterinarian and let know the issue. There are several other ways which you can use to comfort your dog and to lessen its pain until you visit the veterinarian or if the pain is minor.


NSAIDs are the nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs which are so helpful in reducing stiffness, swelling and also the joint pains and these are commonly used by a human being for reducing aches and related issues. But this doesn’t give this medicine an exemption for only to be used by humans because these can be very helpful for the dog who is suffering from arthritis or the one who recently had any sort of surgery and then suffering from pain. Giving your dog the NSAIDs doesn’t mean that you can give it any of those kept in your cabinet, following mentioned are some of those which you can give to your dog when he is in pain:

  • Carprofen
  • Firocoxib
  • Deracoxib
  • Meloxicam

NSAIDs usually have less or no side effects and are safe to be taken by the dogs but in some of the specific cases, the dose of NSAIDs can cause liver, digestive and kidney issues. These symptoms and side effects normally are so apparent that you can easily recognize your dog having any sort of the bad reaction from NSAIDs. Following are the key side effects of NSAIDs on dogs in specified situations:

  • Eating less
  • Skin scabs and redness
  • Behavioral changes
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

If your dog has any of these symptoms, you need to stop giving the NSAID to your dog and contact a vet.

Aspirin is also another over the counter of the NSAID which most of the times the vets advice to the pets but they are to be given in minimal quantities for minor injuries and for a shorter span of time because it contains serious side effects so it is not supposed to be used for the long term. The potential side effects also include the risk for bleeding as well.

Other medicines to be used

NSAIDs are the best option to give to your dog when he is in pain so most of the times there is no need for any other sort of medications neither the doctors prescribe them but still, the other two which could be used as medications if the NSAIDs don’t work are tramadol or gabapentin