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Pain Management

We want your pet to live the happiest, healthiest, and longest life possible. In some instances, working towards this goal involves the management of chronic or acute pain. Relief or alleviation from pain can take many different routes. Our doctors and staff are here to help you decide what the best remedy is for both you and your pet.

Acute pain is sudden and sharp. It is not long-lasting, and typically is subdued when the cause of the pain is addressed. Some examples of what can cause acute pain include dental disease or a surgical procedure. Often the root of the problem can be anticipated, and therefore the best way to treat acute pain is pre-emptive.  

Chronic pain is constant and less easily thwarted. The onset is often gradual, accompanying diseases like arthritis or cancer. As our pets age, their chances of contracting a condition that may cause chronic pain increases. Appropriate pain management is intracetly associated with the afflicted pet’s quality of life.

Here are some common signs of pet pain:

  • Lethargy
  • Restlessness, or constantly seeking to find a more comfortable position
  • Increased vocalization
  • Aggression when approached or handled
  • Decreased grooming
  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Seeking more affection than usual
  • Licking or chewing a particular area of the body
  • Body language cues such as flattened ears and facial expressions

Our doctors and staff are here to help with any of these symptoms of pain with a customized treatment plan.