What Can I Give My Dog for Pain After Surgery?

After surgery, your dog feels pain. People sometimes use their own experience to understand what their pet is going through, but in fact, the pain in dogs and people may be different. Find out what you can give your dog for pain after surgery.

What pain medicine do vets give dogs after surgery?

Typically, after your dog has had surgery, they will be given a prescription pain medication as part of their recovery. The most common is buprenorphine (sometimes labeled as suboxone), which is an opioid painkiller that blocks pain signals traveling along the nerves to the brain. Buprenorphine is used to treat moderate post-surgery pain.

Your dog may also be given a local anesthetic to control the worst of the pain immediately after surgery. In combination with an opioid painkiller like buprenorphine, this will provide much better pain relief.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are also commonly used. You will recognize these as Metacam or Loxicom. They work by reducing inflammation, as well as blocking the formation of chemicals that promote pain.

What can you give a dog for pain naturally?

If you prefer to take a more natural approach to pain relief for your dog, there are several natural home remedies you can try. We must be clear that you should always consult your vet before giving your dog home remedies.

Many holistic veterinarians recommend flower essences for shock or emotional trauma and various homeopathy options for wounds, nerve damage, or bruising.

For dogs prescribed antibiotics, a 2-week course of probiotics is advised once or twice per day.

You may also want to consider a gentle massage to help release the tension your dog is holding from his illness or injury and his surgery. Stay away from the surgery site to avoid causing further pain. The best areas are around the ears, back of the neck, and shoulders. This can be continued for 2 to 3 months after surgery.

Reiki is another holistic therapy you can try, which has many potential benefits, including both physical and mental healing. If you are unsure how to go about this, you can search for Canine Reiki practitioners in your area, but be sure to check that they are qualified.

How can I comfort my dog in pain after surgery?

Often after surgery, the biggest trigger of pain is movement, especially if you have an excitable or active dog.

For the first few days, you should restrict your dog to one room of the house and do not let them jump on and off the furniture. Keep their water bowl close by so they do not have to go far.

Walk with them when they go outdoors for the toilet and keep their daily walks short, slow and calm. A little gentle exercise is good for the muscles and prevents stiffness in their joints.

Do not let your dog use the stairs for at 3-4 days after surgery, as the motion of climbing may agitate their wound and cause sudden, sharp jolts of pain.

How do I get my dog to lay down after surgery?

Your dog is in pain after surgery, so be sure to let it rest in a place that is familiar and comfortable for him or her. If they are in a new environment, they may feel anxious or scared, which could cause them to try to get up when they shouldn’t.

Your pup will have to be confined for at least a few days after the operation unless the veterinarian says otherwise. While he’s healing, make sure your dog is comfortable and has freshwater. He shouldn’t be overexerting himself.

What’s the best bed for my dog post-surgery?

There are special dog beds available that help make this easier. Softer beds are more comfortable but harder to keep clean. Harder, plastic-like beds can be cleaned more easily but may not be as comfortable for dogs who have just had surgery.

Choosing the right bed for your dog is an important part of making sure she is as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Here are some tips for choosing the best bed for your dog post-surgery:

Size: If you’re buying a bed for your dog, find one that fits them well. If you’re purchasing a large pillow or mat, measure their length from nose to tail and width from shoulder to shoulder. This will help you choose something they can lay on comfortably without having to curl up too much.

Next, try laying the bed out in its intended location so you can see if it’s long enough and wide enough for your pet. If it’s not, return the product and get another that will work better for them.

Warmth: Dogs don’t sweat like humans do, so they use their beds as a way of regulating their body temperature while resting or sleeping. Make sure the blankets or pillows you choose are made from a material that will keep them from getting too hot. Also, be sure the bed is large enough that they have some space between them and the sides of the bed so they can move.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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