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Pain Management

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When it comes to managing your pet’s pain, our practices offer 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.

What can I do to Manage my Pet's Pain?

Common medications that 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 first consulting with us. 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, or raised food and water dishes are just some of the things that may help your pet’s pain at home.

Many pets experience successful pain relief through medication. Acupuncture, chiropractic care, nutritional support, and physical therapy often assist us to better manage your pet’s pain. We sometimes employ the use of cold laser therapy for both dogs and cats, as well as ultrasound or a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) to relieve pain.

Determining whether your pet’s pain it 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 received 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 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:

  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Vocalization
  • Change in temperament or behavior
  • Licking a specific area
  • Change in bathroom habits
  • Panting
  • Appearance of the third eyelid
  • Hiding

Schedule a veterinary appointment right away if you notice any of the above signs, so that we can take action to assist your pet.

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