Effectively Managing Your Pet’s Pain
Identifying pain is a core function of our veterinary team, and we will respond quickly and effectively to your pet’s situation. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions (such as cancer or arthritis), we develop a pain management plan that is tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
Pain control for potentially painful dental procedures (such as extractions) is achieved through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections are routinely employed to prevent pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet may experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.
Watching for Signs of Pain
Animals instinctively hide their pain, so owners should be aware of common symptoms that may signify pain or health problems in their pets. Such indicators include:
- Excessive licking or biting
- Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
- Loss of appetite
Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.
Our in-house pharmacy stocks a wide range of commonly used veterinary pharmaceuticals, which allows your pet to begin medications immediately. Our knowledgeable staff is also available to discuss appropriate administration techniques as well as recommended daily doses. With 24-hour notice, prescription refills can be phoned in for quick and easy pick-up, and we offer a convenient home delivery option for online refills.
On the Web
The Pet Health Center of WebMD offers a guide to pain medications for:
The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine offers this advice for treating pain in your dog.
The American Animal Hospital Association offers these pain management guidelines for dogs and cats.
Protect your family and pets by disposing of unwanted medications properly.