• Aug 27, 2019
the Dog, a cat or other animal, unfortunately, cannot tell

to us when something hurts it, but to know about it extremely important that in time and effectively to help the pet. How to understand that the dog feels pain and how to help it?

 Hurt dogs of a photo

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What is pain and why it is important to relieve to an animal pain?

Pain is the unpleasant sensual or emotional experience connected with the available or potential trauma.

Bol is sharp and chronic.

If an acute pain, it is almost always possible to remove its cause and thus to save a dog from pain. The acute pain should be stopped in the first 12 – 24 hours.

If pain chronic, is about maintenance of acceptable quality of life of a dog, chronic pain reduces quality of life. Here different methods of treatment, both medicamentous, and non-drug are used.

Why it is important to save dogs from pain? The matter is that, besides negative impact of a disease on an organism of a dog, pain aggravates a condition of an animal.

Because of severe pain a dog cannot normally breathe (breath becomes frequent and superficial), the arising tachycardia can negatively influence work of a cardiac muscle, the weakened immunity (because of accumulation in an organism of the hormones having negative effect on it) does an organism vulnerable to infections, the increasing viscosity of blood increases risk of formation of blood clots, decrease in a vermicular movement makes sick and vomiting, etc. All this can lead to serious complications.

Certainly, first of all all this concerns very severe or long and exhausting pain.

That is pain is not just some "inconvenience". Pain is the reason of serious physiological changes because of which the dog will recover much more slowly (if recovers in general). And the correct anesthesia at a sharp stage prevents development of a syndrome which is called "chronic pain".

How to understand that the dog feels pain?

There are symptoms which will help you to understand that the dog feels pain:

  1. Rapid breathing.
  2. Tachycardia.
  3. Concern.
  4. the Dog cannot sleep or constantly wakes up.
  5. the Dog badly eats or refuses food.
  6. Difficulties when changing a pose (for example, hardly rises or lays down).
  7. Lameness, unwillingness to move.
  8. Slackness.
  9. Apathy.
  10. the Dog accepts a strange pose (for example, stoops).
  11. Changes in behavior of a dog, even insignificant (for example, irritability or grief).

All this is an occasion to prick up the ears. And if you noticed one or several these signs at the dog, as soon as possible address the veterinarian!

 the Dog feels photo pain

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Myths about pain at dogs

Unfortunately, myths about whether dogs feel pain and how exactly are popular with a considerable part of fans of dogs. These myths were disproved by science for a long time, but, like all unscientific beliefs, are extremely hardy. What myths are?

  1. At this breed (a pit bull terrier, a Rottweiler, … — substitute necessary) a low pain threshold . Painful breed per se does not exist in principle. There is a system of an antinotsitseption. Антиноцицепця are the mechanisms of an organism allowing to anesthetize independently themselves and without these mechanisms any pain would cause serious condition. This system is really differently developed at different representatives in one look and differs even during life of one individual. For example, at two people it can be developed differently, and at children on average – it is better, than at elderly people. Also there are dogs who for the short period of time when some serious stress factor works, will not feel the expressed pain. But after this stress factor will end (for example, after the fight), the dog will have an expressed pain syndrome, and anesthesia is also necessary for them, as well as all rest.
  2. Nothing hurts dogs . However dogs in some areas of a body have even more nervous terminations, than at people. Respectively, at injuries of these sites (for example, muzzles) the dog tests more severe pain, than, for example, the person at face injuries.
  3. The dog will suffer, same just a dog . It is better for people who adhere to this point of view not to approach animals at all.
  4. The leg will better heal if the dog does not step on it – so, anesthetics are not necessary that the dog itself protected a leg. So often speak after changes. But, for example, the veterinarian Tatyana Krasnova, speaking at the Pet's Behavior-2018 conference, gave results of researches which say that after operation (osteosynthesis) of function have to remain in full right after operation (though with use of the anesthetizing medicines). That is the dog can fully move. And if the veterinarian says that the dog should not push around – whether competently he operated her? In that case when the dog does not push around, she forms a contracture and a number of physiotherapy is required that then to develop a leg.

How to relieve to a dog pain in house conditions?

Unfortunately, in house conditions to relieve to a dog pain (and at the same time not to do much harm) it is extremely difficult. Nevertheless, to some extent the pet can facilitate a state.

  1. to Put ice on area of a trauma or to make massage ice cubes. It is better to use not water from under the crane, and frozen хлоргексидин.
  2. to Consult with the veterinarian by phone whether it is possible to use anesthetic and what.

And it is obligatory to bring urgently the pet in a vetklinik that it was examined by the expert!

 the veterinarian of a photo examines

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There are diseases which cannot be cured (and to relieve pain of a dog) in house conditions by own efforts.

As the owner can do much harm to a dog?

If to be engaged in treatment of a dog independently, it is possible, without wishing that, strongly to do much harm the pet. The main mistakes of owners in independent attempt to relieve to a dog pain:

  1. to Give "human" drugs. Many drugs which help people are deadly to dogs!
  2. to Give medicines which the veterinarian appointed at earlier stages of a disease or at other diseases, at emergence of new symptoms.
  3. not to ask for the help the veterinarian when the dog feels pain.
Attentively watch
the dogs. If something in their behavior or appearance guarded you, it is better to be reinsured and address the veterinarian.

And let your pets will be healthy!

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