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Dog and Its Owner


Understanding and managing pain in dogs is a crucial aspect of ensuring their well-being, especially as they age or face health challenges. At Vet At Your Door, we recognize the importance of identifying and treating pain in your beloved pets. Our team, equipped with Fear Free certification, is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective pain management solutions right in the comfort of your home. We specialize in various pain management strategies including examination, lab work, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and chronic disease management, ensuring a balance between a long life and quality health span for your pet.

Here are some commonly asked questions about dog pain management: 

How can I tell if my dog is in pain?

Dogs often exhibit behavioral changes such as restlessness, panting, limping, excessive licking, or changes in sleeping and eating habits when in pain​​. We can help assess these signs during a home visit, ensuring a stress-free environment for accurate diagnosis.

What are the safe pain medication options for dogs?

Safe options include veterinary-prescribed and dog-friendly NSAIDs like Carprofen and Meloxicam, Librela (a new injectable long-lasting pain medication), and Gabapentin for nerve pain​​. At Vet At Your Door, we carefully select the most appropriate medications considering your dog's unique needs, ensuring safe and effective pain relief.


Can human pain medications be given to dogs?

Human medications like Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Naproxen are not safe for dogs and can cause severe side effects​​. We provide tailored prescriptions that are safe and effective for your dog’s specific pain management needs.

What non-medication treatments can help with dog pain?

Joint supplements, CBD, and certain over-the-counter options may be beneficial, but should always be used under veterinary guidance​​. Our home visits include advice on supplements and lifestyle changes that can aid in pain relief.

How does Vet At Your Door approach pain management in dogs?

Our approach combines medical treatment with lifestyle adjustments. We utilize techniques like acupuncture and cold laser therapy, and advise on exercise and diet modifications to improve your dog’s comfort and mobility. We are also really excited about a medication called Librela, which is a long-lasting injection that stops pain at the site of the receptor on the nerve. 

Is it normal for dogs to experience pain as they age?

Yes, older dogs commonly face conditions like arthritis which can cause pain. Early intervention and management are key to maintaining their quality of life. Our in-home services make managing these age-related pains more convenient and less stressful for your pet.

What should I do if I suspect my dog is in pain?

Contact us immediately. Avoid self-medicating as it can be harmful. Our team will provide a comprehensive assessment and create a customized pain management plan for your dog.

Can pain management improve my dog's life expectancy?

Effective pain management can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life and potentially its lifespan by reducing stress and promoting overall health. Our goal is to ensure your pet lives a happy, comfortable life.

Are there any side effects of pain medications in dogs?

Like all medications, pain relief options can have side effects. We closely monitor and adjust treatments to minimize these risks, ensuring your dog's safety and comfort.

Can lifestyle changes help with pain management in dogs?

Absolutely. Adjustments in diet, exercise, and living environment can greatly support pain management. We provide tailored advice to enhance your dog's comfort at home.

Managing your dog’s pain effectively is crucial for their quality of life. At Vet At Your Door, we are committed to providing compassionate, professional, and personalized care to manage pain right in the comfort of your home. Our Fear Free certified approach ensures a stress-free experience for your pet. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us at (207) 536-8387, email, or fill out our online form.

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