Pets experience pain just as intensely, and for many of the same reasons, as their human owners. Your pet may suffer acute or chronic pain from a variety of conditions ranging from dental troubles to serious internal issues that require surgery. Surgery itself, even routine procedures such as tooth extractions, spaying and neutering, creates its own pain temporarily, even if the successful procedure ultimately eliminates another kind of discomfort. It’s a difficult situation for owners and pets alike, which is why our team at Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles provides pain control for dogs, cats and other animals. From pain medication for pets to surgical procedures that bring long-term pain relief and improved health, we take pain management as seriously as every other aspect of our work.
Pain may be acute or chronic. Acute pain occurs in immediate response to a specific event, such as a fracture from a car accident or labor pains during delivery. Chronic pain may progress slowly over a period of months or years; examples include joint pain from osteoarthritis or a slipped vertebral disc that pinches a nerve.
Pet owners are more likely to be alerted to changes in their pets’ behavior when acute pain strikes, though chronic pain can also produce telltale signals if it grows intense enough. You may find that your pet has grown strangely aggressive or seeks unusual amounts of comfort from the humans in the household. Pain from skin problems may result in your pet constantly biting, licking or chewing at the trouble site. Pets in severe pain may grow very still and reserved, their ears may flatten back against their heads, and they may cry, whimper or make other sounds of distress. Cats pose more of a puzzle than dogs, because they instinctively hide their pain whenever possible. We urge owners to bring their pets in for an examination if they show any signs of pain.
Treatment Methods and Pain Medication for Pets
Pain control for dogs and cats may involve medication, non-invasive therapeutic measures, or surgery to correct the underlying health condition. A detailed examination can help us pinpoint the origins of the distress, and from there we can determine the proper course of action. Pain management for dogs with joint trouble, for example, may involve a combination of dietary changes to relieve pressure from excess weight, therapeutic massage, anti-inflammatory drugs or even corrective surgery.
Pain medication for pets is commonly prescribed following a surgical procedure to make recuperation easier. It bears noting, however, that pain medication for pets can differ significantly depending on the diagnosis, so owners should always consult our veterinarian for a proper prescription. Post-operative pain management for dogs and cats may also include making sure they do not re-open their incisions through too much activity.
Contact our office to learn more about pain management for dogs or cats. If your pet is in pain, we can help.