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Dog Pain Management

When it comes to managing your dog’s pain, our practice offers and the highest quality of care utilizing compassion and the most effective medical treatments available. We develop a unique pain management plan to best serve the individual needs of your pet. This plan may include pain medications for your dog, complementary treatment or a combination of both.

Research has shown that animals experience pain the same way humans do. Therefore, you may recognize some medications, techniques, and care that our Veterinarians recommend to assist in relieving your pet's pain. However, many human grade medications are toxic to your pets, so never give your medications or over the counter drugs to your pet.

We may also suggest lifestyle changes for your pet. A specific diet, soft bedding, rugs on the floor, raised food and water bowls can sometimes help too.

Many pets experience successful pain relief through complementary medicine like acupuncture.

Determining whether your pet’s pain is acute or chronic is the first step to identifying the cause. Acute pain is often sudden and triggered by a specific event. For example, if your pet has had a recent injury, he or she may experience acute pain. However, chronic pain persists over the long term and may be caused by many conditions such as joint inflammation, arthritis, or unattended tooth decay.

Early intervention is important when it comes to managing your pet’s pain. Some common signs of pain in your pet may include:

  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Vocalization
  • Change in temperament or behavior
  • Licking a specific area
  • Change in bathroom habits
  • Panting
  • Appearance of the third eyelid
  • Hiding

Pain relief for dogs can include oral or injectable medications. Many medications are safe for long term use and can improve your dogs quality of life!

Contact us right away if you notice any of the above signs so we can take action to assist your pet.

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