Pain Management

Pain management is a crucial factor in veterinary medicine. As veterinarians, we believe it is our job to help your pet on two fronts. We want to not only provide exceptional care for a pet’s physical functioning, but we want to also be there to provide psychological and emotional support as well. From this, we hope to guide pets on the paths to long, happy and healthy lives. 

There are two main types of pain, acute and chronic. They can affect pets in different ways and thus pain management and treatment approaches are different for each one. 

Acute pain is typically the result of an injury from an accident or procedure. The pain is sharp and sudden, but can often be addressed quickly (six months or less). Before any surgical procedure we conduct here at Family Pet Clinic, we take all necessary steps to minimize any potential acute pain your pet may experience before, during and after the procedure. 

Chronic pain is typically the result of conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Oftentimes chronic pain is lifelong and not curable. Your pet may have to live with the pain the rest of their lives, but there are numerous management approaches we can use to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible. 

Sometimes the physical pain can also cause pets to suffer emotionally and experience symptoms of stress and even depression, similar to humans. Physiologically, this can cause the healing process to be slowed or even exaggerate and worsen symptoms. This is why it is important to bring your pet in at least once per year to ensure that they are not suffering from such pain. The sooner we catch pain, the easier it is to treat. 

Our veterinary professionals here at Family Pet Clinic have years of experience detecting and treating various forms of pain. If we detect such pain, we can discuss a custom plan for your pet and their available treatment options. 

For surgical procedures, advanced medical treatments, and chronically painful conditions, we can manage such pain with medication plans. 

Below is a list of the most common signs of pets in pain: 

  • Hiding
  • Crying, whining, or howling
  • Decreased grooming or not grooming
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Uncharacteristic aggression and/or irritability
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Seeking more affection than usual 
  • Not wanting to be handled 
  • Lethargy
  • Not moving from one area
  • Restlessness
  • Protecting the affected body part
  • Shaking and/or trembling
  • Vacant and glassy-eyed

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