Pain Management and Control
Pain management techniques have advanced greatly in recent years. The focus has changed from wondering how pets experience pain to anticipating and preventing pain and discomfort for our furry friends.
Dogs and cats naturally disguise signs of pain to protect themselves from predators. However, the lack of obvious signs does not mean they aren’t experiencing pain.
Other signs that your pet may be experiencing pain include:
- Being unusually quiet, listless, restless, or unresponsive
- Whining, whimpering, howling, or constantly meowing
- Constantly licking or chewing at a particular part of the body
- Out of character behavior, either aggressively or submissively
- Flattening ears against the head; Having trouble sleeping or eating
- Seeking a lot more affection than usual
- Unable to get comfortable (pacing to find the most comfortable position)
There are different types and causes of pain:
Acute pain comes on suddenly as a result of an injury, surgery, inflammation or infection. It can be extremely uncomfortable for your pet and it may limit her mobility. The good news is that it’s usually temporary. It generally goes away when the condition that causes it is treated. Medications and non pharmaceutical approaches to pain management can be discussed.
Chronic pain is long lasting and usually slow to develop. Some of the more common sources of chronic pain are age-related disorders such as arthritis, but it can also result from illnesses such as cancer or bone disease. This pain may be the hardest to deal with, because it can go on for years, or for an animal’s entire lifetime. Also, because it develops slowly, some animals may gradually learn to tolerate the pain and live with it. This can make chronic pain difficult to detect. Neglected dental disease is often a source of chronic pain and suffering for our pets.
We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of nutritional choices and medications available to manage your pet’s pain . We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet and create a Care Plan for your pet’s specific needs.