Pain Management

LimpingDogOur pets may experience acute pain (e.g. after trauma or surgery) or chronic pain (e.g. secondary to arthritis or diseases such as cancer).  We have many different options to prevent and treat pain in our cats and dogs:

  • Medications

  • Supplements

  • Physical Therapy

  • Acupuncture

Most cats and dogs benefit most from multimodal pain management – using a combination of drugs and/or therapies to achieve maximum pain control.  Please call to set up a pain assessment and to start therapy if you think your pet is experiencing pain.  Signs of pain may include the following:

  • Lethargy

  • Limping, not wanting to move, or hunched posture

  • Poor appetite, hesitating to eat, or difficulty eating

  • Changes in behavior, such as hiding, grouchiness, or clinginess

  • Crying

  • Changes in breathing, such as rapid breathing, shallow breathing, or panting.

  • Vomiting

Please seek veterinary attention as soon as possible if you think your pet is in pain.  Please note that over-the-counter pain medications (such Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Advil) should not be given to dogs or cats.