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Pain Management

No living creature deserves to live in pain. Our pain management services are designed to offer a better quality of life to pets who are afflicted with taxing conditions. Pain management services can take many forms, including medication, environmental accommodations, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine.

Pain is categorized into two different categories that require different sets of treatment. These are acute and chronic.

Acute pain is sharp and sudden, such as pain associated with a surgery or sudden trauma. In most cases, once the source of pain is addressed, the acute pain will dissipate. If the pain is associated with a surgical or dental procedure (such as tooth extraction) it can be managed preemptively, meaning that the veterinarian will take steps to mitigate the pain before the procedure even begins.

Chronic pain becomes more severe with time, slowly and surely. Unlike acute pain, pets may have to live with chronic pain for years on end. Senior pets are more likely to contract conditions that cause chronic pain, but young animals can also be susceptible. Examples of these conditions include cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and more.

Are you worried your pet may be experiencing pain? Look for these signs. If they appear in a cluster, or one sign is extremely significant, please schedule an appointment.

  • Changes in eating/appetite
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Restlessness, it may be more difficult for a pet in pain to get comfortable
  • Seeking more affection than usual
  • Uncharacteristic avoidance behaviors such as hiding
  • Increased vocalization in the form of whining or crying
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Inability to defecate
  • Decreased mobility or energy

If your pet has a sudden onset of one or several of these symptoms, please call us immediately. Often, the sooner a disease is caught, the easier it is to treat, and your pet will not have to live with the burden of pain for as long.