What to Give a Dog for Pain at Home 

what to give a dog for pain at home

We never like to see our fur babies in pain. And they don’t appreciate the discomfort either. There are options for pain relief we can give a dog when it is in pain at home.

Important disclaimer: the Vitalize Team is not, and does not purport to be, a team of veterinary specialists. Don’t confuse this blog’s information for medical advice. We’re offering tips and tricks that you should only implement with the go-ahead of your veterinarian.

Now that we’ve said that, let’s begin!

First Things First: Determine the Cause 

First, we recommend you try to identify why your dog is in pain. A variety of issues can cause inflammation, including, but not limited to, infections, injuries and trauma, allergies, dental disease, arthritis and cancer. Without the whole picture, you can’t help solve the problem. 

Be sure to work with your local and trusted veterinarian to determine what is causing your dog’s pain and the best way to alleviate it. Consult with a veterinarian before administering any medication or treatment. Likewise, it’s also important that you not make any dramatic adjustments to your dog’s diet or routine without first having a conversation with your vet.

After all, the appropriate treatment for dog pain depends on the underlying cause. The severity of the pain, the dog’s health status, and other factors can further complicate matters. Your veterinarian is best equipped to support you in addressing these issues.

What To Give A Dog for Pain at Home 

The Vitalize Team will never try to dissuade you from taking your dog to the vet to diagnose an issue. There’s a lot you can do for your furry friend without a prescription. However, you should always consult a veterinary specialist before making changes to your dog’s routine or diet.

 If you’re looking for ideas about what to discuss with your vet, here are some options for what to give a dog for pain at home: 

1.  Joint Supplements 

Hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and omega-3 fatty acids are commonly used as joint supplements to support joint health and reduce pain associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis.  

MHB3 Hyaluranon  

MHB3® Hyaluronan is a natural hyaluronic acid (HA) bioidentical to the HA naturally produced by the body. That means there is minimal risk of complication or malabsorption.

MHB3 is unique to other hyaluronic acid ingredients on the market due to its oral liquid formulation that allows for quick absorption and maximum. Liquid supplementation with MHB3 is research-proven to be 3.8 times more effective than dry forms of hyaluronic acid. 

MHB3 currently holds 8 U.S. patents for its role in improving bone and joint health including. Some of those include: 

  • For the prevention and maintenance of osteoarthritis  
  • For the prevention and maintenance of osteopenia – the precursor to osteoporosis  
  • For the prevention of osteophytes or bone spurs  
  • More generally, it has a role in improving joint health.    
How MHB3 Helps

MHB3 improves the symptoms of osteoarthritis as well as symptom frequency.    

A 30-day course of MHB3 treatment reduces friction within the joint and preserves protective cartilage preventing the formation of bone spurs. This results in more fluid movement, less pain and increased range of motion.  

Treatment with MHB3 decreases markers of bone breakdown, having a positive impact on bone mineral density and bone formation.  

Study-backed outcomes associated with MHB3:  

  • Tissue hydration  
  • Anti-inflammation  
  • Cartilage protection  
  • Osteophyte prevention  
  • Pain reduction  
  • Increased range of motion   


Astaxanthin is known as nature’s strongest antioxidant. It is a natural red algae that acts as an antioxidant and assists with soft tissue health, muscular recuperation and exercise recovery. All those issues can lead to inflammation. Because astaxanthin is an aquatic algae, it has a briny aftertaste.  

MHB3 Hyaluranon and Astaxanthin are the key ingredients in Vitalize® Trisxyn® Canine Performance. Vitalize Trixsyn Canine Performance supports hip, joint and soft tissue health and helps maintain a normal inflammatory response and support normal exercise recovery.  

This product is simple to use, requires no prescription and doesn’t require the labor or mess of a shot or topical ointment. Trixsyn Canine Performance comes in an easy-to-use, pump bottle. Dosage is determined by dog size and weight, and each dog gets 1 to 3 pumps on their food twice daily, depending on size.   

2. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) 

NSAIDs such as carprofen (Rimadyl), meloxicam (Metacam) and deracoxib (Deramaxx) are commonly prescribed by veterinarians to relieve pain and inflammation in dogs. These medications should only be used under veterinary supervision, as they can have potential side effects and interactions with other drugs. 

3.  Exercise & Rehabilitation 

At-home therapy techniques such as massage, hydrotherapy and gentle stretching exercises can help relieve pain, improve mobility and promote healing in dogs with musculoskeletal conditions or injuries. Consult with a veterinary rehabilitation specialist for guidance on appropriate exercises and techniques. 

4.  Cold or Heat Therapy 

Applying cold packs or heat pads to the affected area can help reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and promote relaxation in dogs. Use caution when applying heat or cold therapy to prevent skin damage, and always monitor your dog’s response to treatment. 

5.  Weight Management 

Maintaining a healthy body weight is important for preventing and managing musculoskeletal pain in dogs, especially those with osteoarthritis or joint problems. Consult with your veterinarian to develop a balanced diet and exercise plan tailored to your dog’s individual needs. 

6.  Comfort and Support 

Provide your dog with a comfortable and supportive environment, including a soft bed or orthopedic mattress to help alleviate pressure on sore joints or muscles. Limit strenuous activity and provide opportunities for rest and relaxation as needed. 

Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication or starting any treatment for pain at home. Your veterinarian can assess your dog’s condition, recommend appropriate treatment options and provide guidance on safe and effective pain management strategies tailored to your dog’s specific needs. 

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No one wants their four-legged friend to be in pain. That is why knowing the cause of inflammation in your dog is so crucial. It’s also why we suggested the above tips about what to give a dog for pain at home. Vitalize is committed to supporting you and your pet, no matter the issue. 

We have made purchasing Vitalize as easy as possible. We know when your animal is in discomfort, you want to get them feeling better soon.   

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