Countryside Veterinary Hospital Manages Pain for Its Pet Care Clients
Compassionate care is the foundation of our practice at Countryside Veterinary Hospital. Nowhere is this more evident than in our emphasis on pain management. We work diligently so that your pet does not suffer unnecessarily. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, we emphasize pain identification, prevention, and management.
In veterinary medicine, pain might be acute (arising from surgery or trauma) or it can be chronic from diseases such as osteoarthritis, cancer, or neuropathic pain.
In managing pet pain, the ability to predict it is important. Foreseeing dog or cat pain is the first step in preventing it. This is a key factor in surgical situations. Today’s pain medications and anesthesia practices are safe and effective. We will manage pain prior, during, and after surgery. A pet that is comfortable post surgery heals faster, making for an easier recovery.
We also emphasize pet pain prevention in routine procedures. We take care to handle your pet gently and respectfully. Fear and anxiety can amplify pain, so we do our best to ease your pet’s apprehension. We provide soft, padded bedding and warm blankets as needed.
In cases of chronic pain, we will work with you to find options to alleviate discomfort. Options might include nutraceuticals (fish oil, glucosamine, etc.), NSAIDs, other analgesics, veterinary chiropractic care, stem cell therapy (an emerging treatment), or in some instances surgery.
Read more about pet pain medications from Pet WebMD.
How Can I Tell if My Pet is in Pain?
Sometimes it’s not easy to tell your pet is in pain and the signs can be subtle, often manifesting in behavioral changes. For cats and dogs, hiding pain is a protective mechanism. Cats in particular, mask pain to prevent becoming seen as prey. If you suspect your pet is in pain, call us immediately for an appointment. Often pain is an early indicator of disease.
Adapted from the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, indicators that your pet is in pain may include:
- Loss of normal behaviors
- Less activity, lethargy, decreased appetite and grooming (cats)
- Abnormal behaviors
- Inappropriate elimination, vocalization, aggression, decreased interaction (hiding in cats), altered posture or facial expression, restlessness or pacing
- Reaction to touch
- Increased body tension, biting, or flinching upon touch
- Physiological indicators
- Elevated heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure; pupil dilation