Get Your Dog Care Questions Answered by Experts
Yes. Dogs do feel pain, much like people do. They just cannot express their pain in words.
If your dog is suffering from arthritis, he might benefit a great deal from anti-inflammatories, acupuncture or even simply a magnetic pet bed.
You can certainly discuss your options with your vet.
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Clinical trials are done each time a new medication comed out. Before they can be released to the public, they are tested and approved by the FDA.
With dogs in particular, the studies test the factors that might indicate pain. Some of these might be an increased heart rate, increased respiration, muscle tenseness. After the meds are given, there are marked improvements in each of these areas. This indicates that pain is diminished. You can find some of these studies and the results by doing a google search for "dog pain control studies."
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