Unfortunately, at some point in a dogs life, all dogs experience pain. One indicator is when your dog seems to be gradually slowing down, or just doesn’t quite seem to be themselves. You may have wondered, “Is my dog actually in pain?” Let’s take a look at some of the subtle signs of a dog in pain:
- A change in energy level: either low energy, or, the opposite, unable to sit still
- Loss of interest in socializing
- Breathing changes such as panting or breathing faster and shallower
- Loss of appetite
- Not drinking as much water as usual
- Constantly grooming or attentive to a specific area on themselves
- Increased heart rate
- Uncomfortable being touched or being picked up such as biting, growling, or whining
- Mobility changes such as refusing to climb stairs
Talk to Your Veterinarian
Ultimately, this is your first step. Seeing your Vet can help you determine if the underlying issue causing the discomfort is serious. Sometimes injuries and wounds are not immediately noticeable and may require x-rays and the like.
If the issue is Inflammation related, you have options
We think that most will agree that pain medications may work as a temporary fix, but the ultimate goal needs to be more permanent and, naturally. This is when nutrition plays a key role. Your dog’s pain may be alleviated by adding natural anti-inflammatory agents.
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids may help with inflammation. Dozens of studies show that pets who get omega fatty acids tend to have better outcomes in terms of inflammation.
Standard farm raised fish oil supplements are not the best choice because these fish often contain high amounts of toxins such as mercury and arsenic. Naturally derived wild caught Salmon Oil is rich in healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. In addition, properly sourced wild salmon sourced naturally feed on phytoplankton. Phytoplankton produce oxygen and nutrients which are beneficial to the salmons’ diet. This source is important when extracting the oil for use in your dogs health.
We take the benefits of wild caught salmon oil further by also extracting ETA (EicosaTetraenoic Acid, a polyunsaturated Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid) from the flesh of the salmon as well.
CBD Oil and Hemp Oil
Please read this section closely. We are very familiar with CBD, also referred to as cannabidiol, as well as hemp oil. There are so many brands of CBD, CBD isolate, and hemp oil in various forms such as creams, supplements, dog treats and more. CBD may help decrease discomfort, and just like humans, dogs also have an EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). Unfortunately, what is often not considered is the Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) that comes from hemp. GLA is a key anti-inflammatory Omega 6 fat that also helps regulate hormones. It is also linked to healthy skin and coats.
We extract with the intention of utilizing GLA and not just as an after thought. We also acquire other minerals, including zinc and manganese. In addition, we extract for SteariDonic Acid (SDA) which is a shorter long-chain omega-3 fatty acid composed of 18 carbons. SDA is a precursor to longer long-chain fatty acids such as EPA and DHA which brings us back full circle to the original benefit of wild caught salmon oil, but intensified.
Vitamins and Antioxidants
Lets assume that you agree we have the anti inflammatory part covered. If you have read to this point and it is unclear, just give us a call or send us a message. In addition to our formula’s anti-inflammatory properties we are boosting your dogs’ immune system, promoting heart health, healthy joints, healthy skin and coat and cognitive function. In quick summary, the vitamins already included up to this point are:
- Vitamin B12 helps your dog maintain a healthy nervous system and brain function.
- Vitamin D regulates the balance and retention of calcium and phosphorus of dogs.
- Calcium promotes stronger, healthier teeth, bones, nails, and coat in dogs.
- Iron performs important functions for your dog such as carrying oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells.
- Potassium helps dogs by aiding in the functioning of electrical charges in the heart, nerves, and muscles.
- Zinc is important for your dogs immune system function and thyroid (metabolism) function.
Now we add Naturally Mixed Vitamin E Tocopherols which are fat-soluble and serve as antioxidants in the body your dog. Our formula scavenges potentially harmful free radicals that can damage dog cells. Since your current dog food more than likely does not contain any olive oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, nuts, seeds, nor leafy green vegetables (such as spinach) we introduce those benefits by way of a group of fat soluble Vitamin E compounds. In summary, these compounds play a role in strengthening your dogs’ immune system, as well as assist with preventing clogged arteries and stabilizes cell membranes.
Kos Tonics are Complete Formulas
What Not to Do if Your Dog is in Pain
You may be thinking that something from your medicine cabinet that helps you, may help your dog. Please stop thinking that. While it is true that many dog-approved NSAIDs are similar to common human over-the-counter medications, these can be very dangerous to a dog. Some of the key differences come down to dosages and metabolism. We can not stress enough that the canine digestive system is different. Just one pill could exacerbate health issues and even result in death.
Never give pain medication to your Dog without first consulting your Veterinarian.