Pain Management: Keeping Pets Comfortable at All Times

Boston Terrier with cast on pawWhen your pet is in pain, the experience can be traumatic for both you and your pet. It does not matter whether the cause of the pain is injury, illness, arthritis, hospice care, or even recovery from surgery, Animal Care Clinic hates to see our four-legged family members in pain. Our goal is to provide the best possible care to ease this discomfort and suffering. We will provide top-notch pain management services and will educate you about how to continue your pet’s pain management at home.

Hiding the Pain

If there is one thing at which pets excel, it is hiding pain and discomfort. It can be tough to spot when a pet is in pain if you do not know what to look for. This can lead to serious medical problems down the line.

Animal Care Clinic veterinarians know how to teach you to spot a pet in pain. We can help you and diagnose the root of any problems present.
Some symptoms of pain in your companion can be:

  • Acting out or unusual disobedience
  • Excessive licking, biting, or scratching
  • Refusing to play
  • Panting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vocalization, yowling, mewling, or whimpering
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Restlessness or lethargy
  • Limping
  • Hiding

Whenever your loyal companion acts against their normal personality, you should schedule an immediate veterinary examination.

Pain Prevention

A regular and routine course of wellness and preventative care is an important part of keeping your pet pain free and healthy. This routine should include regular vaccinations and diagnostic lab work. Proper nutrition and diet are vital to preventing health issues that can cause pain.

Surgery and Pain Control

When your pet needs surgery, we will use a general anesthesia to keep your pet calm and still as well as prevent unnecessary pain. While he or she is anesthetized, they will be monitored by one of our expert veterinary technicians the whole time. During surgery we will use an EKG to monitor your pet’s Doppler blood pressure and oxygen levels, ensuring he or she is safe.

It is common following surgery for a pet to experience pain and discomfort as they recuperate. We will tailor the pain management plan for your pet to their unique needs. Some of the options we have include pain patches and oral medications. We will use whatever methods are safe and necessary to maintain your pet’s comfort.

Prescription Medications

When necessary, we will set you up with a course of any prescription medications that may be required. We will schedule refills when necessary, and can provide home delivery of pet prescriptions. If you need further information regarding pain management or think your pet may be in pain, please contact us for an appointment today. We are eager to help.

Your pets … our family.