Some of the drugs used by vets for pain relief for cats are:
So only ever give medication that is specifically made for pain relief for cats and prescribed by a qualified vet.
The most common complaints that I hear are that that a dog is slow to rise or reluctant to jump into the car, and a cat is defecating (or urinating) outside the litter box for the first time ever. If you feel your dog or cat is in pain, the first step is to schedule a physical exam. Routine blood work may be necessary to rule out other illnesses. X-rays will definitively diagnose DJD. There is a vast array of options for pets with DJD, but each pet’s situation is unique. Together we will formulate a plan works best for both you and your pet. Here are some of my typical protocols for dogs and cats:
Most of the pain relief medications we use are NSAIDs and date back to the introduction of aspirin by the Bayer Company in 1899. Ibuprofen in Motrin and Advil and naproxen in Aleve are the more recent NSAIDs most people are familiar with. Acetaminophen in Tylenol, another pain reliever that is also toxic to pets, is not strictly speaking an NSAID because it has no anti-inflammatory properties. Most doctors classify it with NSAIDs because the side effects are very similar.
So there are options available for effective pain relief for cats!
Magnetic Therapy is a Drug free Alternative for Cat Pain Relief
Degenerative joint disease involves the deteriorationof the articular cartilage and is most commonly associatedwith age-related changes from chronic use over the years. A joint is defined as any junction of two or more bones,whereas a synovial joint is defined as a moveable joint. Synovial joints are composed of a joint capsule that secretesprotective and lubricating synovial fluidthat nurtures the articular cartilage. The articular cartilage is the protective layerthat covers the surface of the junction of any synovial joint. These components allow for a smooth, controlled and protective movementof a joint. Degeneration of the articular cartilage leads to inflammatory changesof adjacent tissues within the joint and is then termed osteoarthritis. This inflammation results in an alteration in the synovial fluidof the joint capsule, ultimately decreasing the nutritional supplyto the articular cartilage and leading to increased damage. The most common joints that seem to be affected in the catare the shoulder and elbow. This could be attributed to the cat's propensityof jumping from tall or long distances and the resultingrepeated impact on these inflicted joints. Intervertebral disc disease is also a common sourceof chronic pain in the cat. Often resulting in the narrowing of vertebral segmentswithin the lumbar-sacral region, compression of the intervertebral discs,and associated impingement of exiting nerve roots to the limbs.Life-style changes including weight loss and physical therapyare excellent options for controlling the progression of the diseaseand offering the feline relief from discomfort. Weight loss is one of the most effective management toolsto alleviate the inciting cause of the pain. The loss of excessive weight with gradual diet restrictionis an ideal form of management that can have profound effectsthat decrease the strain and stress on affected jointsand ultimately improve the overall health of a cat. It is important that a cat's diet is adjustedunder the supervision of a veterinarian because catshave the potential of developing hepatic lipidosiswhen drastic reductions of food are made. Weight loss should be carefully monitoredto ensure a steady reduction.Cats tend to be fickle creatures, making their signs of painoften subtle and non-specific, therefore easily missed by a caregiver. Chronic pain in the feline is often accompanied with behavioral changesand only occasionally with an obvious physical impairmentsuch as lameness. These behavioral changes may be easily overlookedor assumed to be inevitable with the preconceptionof the effects of advancing age. The most common signs indicative of chronic pain in the feline patientinclude decreased grooming, reluctance to jump up or down,and soiling outside the litter box. Other changes might include altered sleeping habits,decrease in activity, withdrawing from human interaction,stiffness, hiding, and aversion to being stroked or brushed. can be applied topically to your pet's eye and skin for pain relief (as a steroid cream), taken orally, or as a steroid injection into the joints and muscles. Oral or injectible forms of prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone are used to treat pets with bone and joint pain. These medications require a prescription.