Post by Page Masters, a wedding photographer in Gainesville Florida.
Art Of Affection
We know dogs to be tough animals. Before domestication dogs have survived in the wild even without the help of man. Dogs are injured and get sick too. Even though some skeptics would say that dogs can take care of themselves, dog owners would never stand and see the pet suffering from pain. Because of the dogs’ outstanding qualities, these animals have become well loved members of the family. Would it be surprising if the dog owner would be alarmed to see a wounded and bleeding dog?
No matter how careful a pet parent is, there is always a possibility that the pet can get sick. A dog owner can easily treat the visible wounds and injuries of the pet. However, pain associated with undiagnosed illnesses would be rather hard to perceive. Because an owner is highly attuned to the feelings of the pet, signs that the pet is in pain can be easily seen.
An owner only need to see the face of the pet to know that it is in pain. The change in behavior will show that the pet is sick. Dogs are lively animals but a dog weighed down with pain would refuse to budge. The affectionate pet will prefer to sulk in corners to nurse the pain instead of being with the family. In spite of being good eaters, dogs that are in pain will turn away from food.
Owners would run to the vet to alleviate the suffering of the pet. However, there are instances when a vet may not be available. An owner may have no other recourse but to rely on his/her own resources. To ease the pain of the pet, a dog owner would have to use available medications on the medicine cabinet. For pain management, analgesics or the all-pain relieving medication can be given to the pet. Although we are aware that human medications should not be given to animals, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are commonly given to dogs.
A bottle of aspirin is a permanent fixture in medicine cabinets. Because humans have proven the efficacy of aspirin for pain, this pain wonder drug is given to the pet too. As these medications were prepared for humans and not for dogs, the dosage given to the pet may not be accurate. Pain medication must be given to the pet before the pain worsened as the drug may not have an effect on the dog and the owner may be tempted to increase the dosage. Under dosage though is better than over dosage as it can have serious side effects on the dog.
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