When it comes to managing your pet’s pain, our practice offers the highest quality of care utilizing compassion and the most effective medical treatments available. We develop a unique pain management plan to best serve the individual needs of your pet. This plan may include medication, complementary treatment, or a combination of both.
How We Manage Your Pet's Pain
Pets often share traits in common with their humans, like a love of popcorn or an achy hip. Research has shown animals also share the way they experience pain. Therefore, you may recognize some medications, techniques, and care for animal pain that your own doctor similarly prescribed for you. Common medications we prescribe for pets include analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), anti-anxiety medications, or topical anesthetics. However, it is very important to note that you should never give your pet medication designed for a human unless you first consult with your vet. Many medications designed for humans can cause life-threatening and irreversible reactions in animals. As with small children, medications should be kept out of reach of your pet.
We may also prescribe lifestyle changes for your pet. A specific diet, soft bedding, a few more rounds of fetch, raised food and water dishes, or an extra snuggle now and then, are just some of the things that may help your pet’s pain at home.
Many pets experience successful pain relief through complementary medicine. Nutritional support and/or physical therapy often assist our practice to better manage your pet’s pain. Therapies such as massage, heat, or strength building may seem familiar, while some of our newer technology and machines might sound new to you. Our practice sometimes employs the use of cold laser or ultrasounds to relieve pain.
Determining whether your pet’s pain is acute or chronic is the first step to identifying the cause. Acute pain is often sudden and triggered by a specific event. For example, if your pet receives a recent injury, they may experience acute pain. However, chronic pain persists over the long term, and causes may include conditions such as joint inflammation, arthritis, or unattended tooth decay.
Early intervention is important when it comes to managing your pet’s pain. Some common signs of pain in your pet may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Change in temperament or behavior
- Licking a specific area
- Change in bathroom habits
- The appearance of the third eyelid