Perhaps the most complex area for any animal caregiver to practice is pain management. Animals have a natural instinct to hide any pain. Some signs of pain are very subtle, such as not wanting a treat or eating their food slowly to even just sleeping more. In cases of severe pain, your pet may show unusual aggressiveness that includes barking, snarling and even snapping at you.
Many animals will not show obvious signs of pain or sickness due to the ingrained “survival of the fittest” instinct. Many people do not realize the most common sign of pain is change in behavior. “Old age” or “slowing down” are not diseases and are often used to brush off signs of pain in pets.
Did you know if pain medication is given BEFORE a surgery is performed your pet will hurt much less AFTER the surgery, require less anesthesia & post-operative pain medicine, and recover more quickly from the procedure performed?
Our goal at The Animal Clinic is to provide the most effective medication and management strategy for each individual pet and family.
Common Signs of Pain:
- Decreased Activity
- Lagging behind on walks
- Difficulty standing up
- Pacing, Restlessness, Biting
- Slow to Sit or Lay Down
- Avoidance of Stairs
- Muscle Atrophy (loss)
- Hesitation to Move
- Neck Weakness
- Depressed Appetite
- Running with “Bunny Hops”
- Unusual Crying or Whining
- Arched Back, Head Lowered or Tilted
- Panting (Increase in respiration)
Acute pain is almost always due to trauma or post-surgical care. Our staff will treat your pet in the short-term with a higher dose of pain medication in order to keep your pet comfortable while healing. Chronic pain is usually due to joint disease or displacement, arthritis, chronic skin conditions and even chronic internal issues. Our staff uses low-dosage pain medications, laser therapy as well as recommends proper food choices to help your pet stay healthy and active as long as possible.