The subject of pain management for animals has become a high priority for veterinarians everywhere. Vets are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of treating both the obvious and hidden symptoms of pain in animals. It can be very difficult for owners to recognize symptoms, because many animals have a natural instinct to hide pain. Even vets may have difficulty recognizing when there are deeper underlying illnesses causing your pet pain.
Often times, we can recognize that an animal is experiencing pain: for example, after a noted injury or post-surgery. If the symptoms are more subtle, you may require the opinion of a veterinary professional. Because animals cannot communicate their pain level to you directly, it is important to observe your pet’s natural tendencies and recognize when they change their habits. These small, but significant changes may be your pet’s only way to communicate their need for pain management.
Most pets that experience pain will demonstrate noticeable changes in behavior. You may notice they reluctantly to hop in the car or slow to retrieve a ball. They may become more inactive and withdrawn, no longer interested in activities they once loved. Other symptoms of pain may include:
Lack of or change in appetite; loss of intake or rapid weight loss
Biting, scratching or rubbing of painful areas
Altered behaviors such as restlessness, depression, circling or shiftlessness
Changes in sleeping patterns
Reluctance to move or change positions; reluctance to interact with others
Animal pain is categorized as either acute or chronic. Acute pain is almost always due to a more obvious trauma or post-surgery. Our staff can offer short-term treatment options, issuing higher doses of pain medication to ensure your pet’s comfort in these cases.
Chronic pain is typically due to joint disease or displacement, arthritis, chronic skin conditions and chronic internal issues. We offer a variety of treatments for chronic pain, including low-dosage pain medications, laser therapy, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional guidance. Our goal is to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, your pet’s pain and speed up their recovery to a healthy lifestyle.
Contact our offices at Block House Creek Animal Hospital with any questions regarding pain management for pets in Cedar Park, Texas.