Pain has been linked to poor wound healing, immune suppression, poor appetite, and other problems. Response to pain is individual for pets as well as people. We anticipate pain for surgical procedures and address and administer pain medications prior to anesthesia.
We also aim to make our patients more comfortable in their everyday activities and to prolong their quality of life. Our veterinarians will work to assess and discuss pain management options with you and help you choose the best approach that fits your pet’s unique needs and lifestyle.
Some signs that your pet might be experiencing acute or chronic pain include:
- Heavy panting
- Decreased activity
- Reluctance to jump up on surfaces (cats)
- Overgrooming or licking a particular area
- Difficulty standing after lying down
While acute or urgent pain is obvious, chronic pain can be subtle and pet owners may see it as simply “getting old” or “slowing down”. In fact, recurring or prolonged pain can be treated and sometimes even prevented when the cause is found early. Contact us as soon as you can if you think your pet might benefit from our pain management services.
A note on hospitalization: because we know that no one wants to be separated from their furry families for long, we only hospitalize patients when it is absolutely necessary. Our hospitalized pets receive treatments like intravenous fluids and medications that cannot be given at home. Every effort is made to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible.
In addition to our wonderful technicians and kennel staff, we have employees whose only duty is to care for our patients. They provide reiki treatments, as well as talk to and comfort your best friend. We also feature separate dog and cat wards to help minimize stress during extended stays.
If you have questions about our approaches to pain management or hospitalization, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (207) 743-6384.