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Prescription Pain Relief for Dogs: A List of Medications & Their Uses

When your dog is in pain all you want is make them feel better. While it may be tempting to run to your medicine cabinet, avoid giving your pet over-the-counter medication or anything intended for humans. Instead, take your pet to see their veterinarian.

A licensed professional will give them a full evaluation, diagnosis, and prescribe the right pain relief for dogs to get them back on track. Keep reading to learn about the different medications and anti-inflammatory treatments available for your pet.

What Can You Give a Dog for Pain?

Every canine’s pain is different. It can be trauma to their tissues after surgery, aching joints, stiffness, or chronic pain. Whatever the case, the goal is to keep them comfortable and limit the amount of unpleasantness they experience so they can go about their daily routine. Petco carries a variety of prescription pain medicine for dogs that will get your pup back on track. Here is a list of all the pain meds and anti-inflammatory for dogs available:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs for dogs): Relieve pain associated with surgeries and arthritis including swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Both Metacam and Previcox fall under this class of medication.

Metacam: Reduces inflammation and discomfort associated with arthritis. It works by preventing cells from creating chemicals that trigger inflammation. The liquid form and honey taste make it easy to dose with a syringe for dogs 6 months of age or older.

Previcox: Relieves arthritis and post-surgical pain, inflammation, and other joint abnormalities. Just like Metacam, it inhibits the cell’s production of chemicals that trigger inflammation. Chewable flavored tablets are safe for dogs weighing over 12.5 lbs.

Gabapentin: An anticonvulsant that treats seizure disorders and chronic pain is safe for dogs and cats. There are two prescription strengths available in tablet or capsule form.

Dexamethasone: A corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and treats autoimmune diseases like lupus, pemphigus, hemolytic anemias, and spinal cord diseases. It works by modifying the body’s immune response to prevent substances that trigger allergic and inflammatory actions. Oral tablets are safe for dogs and cats.

Prednisolone: A synthetic corticosteroid that blocks the production of substances that spark allergic and inflammatory actions. It’s used to treat arthritis, skin and eye conditions, cancer, severe allergies, breathing problems, and immune system disorders. Both dogs and cats can take this medication in in liquid or tablet form.

Prednisone: An anti-inflammatory medication that reduces swelling by decreasing the activity of certain cells and chemicals that cause inflammation. It is used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, brain swelling, cancers, kidney diseases, and specific types of colitis. Tablets are available for both dogs and cats.

How Much Pain Medicine Do I Give My Dog?

The amount of pain medicine you give your canine will depend on the product and their condition. Your pet’s veterinarian may decide to start them out on a higher dosage that is reduced over time. For this reason, follow their dosing recommendations and pay attention to special instructions like administering medication with food, vitamins, or supplements.

How Do I Order Prescription Pain Medicine for Dogs?

Ordering pain relief for dogs from Petco is simple. Just add the item to your cart, fill in your pet and veterinarian’s information, and our team will handle getting the prescription.