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What can you give a dog for pain?

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There are a variety of prescription drugs available for treating pain in dogs, but there are no safe over-the-counter medications for immediate pain relief. Dogs with mild muscle soreness can be treated with rest and cold compresses on the affected area, but chronic or severe pain needs veterinary attention.

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The best medication for pain depends on the cause. Veterinarians may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as carprofen to treat injuries, or opiates such tramadol may be prescribed for more severe pain. Gabapentin is commonly used to treat nerve damage or arthritis pain. Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, yucca and ginger may help alleviate pain, but it is best to consult a veterinarian before using them.

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