The study of pain management and the role it plays in overall health and recovery on both humans and pets has increased in the last 15 - 20 years. Pain is stressful on the body. Even if the cause is being treated, pain can interfere with the body’s attempt to heal. Chronic pain is also thought to affect long-term health.
Managing pain plays an important part in the healing process and maintaining quality of life for your pet. Whether your pet suffers from a chronic painful health issue or illness, or if the condition is temporary like an injury, or from a surgical procedure, there are many options to help treat the pain and help your pet recover or better manage their chronic condition. Pain management therapy can include oral medications, injections, I.V. or laser therapy. Our veterinarians can discuss a pain treatment protocol to help improve your pet’s quality of life.
You are the best advocate for your pet. Your pet can’t communicate to you in words if he or she is in pain, however, some indications of pain may be present. Some signs will be obvious such as limping, vocalizing, panting, and restlessness. Other more subtle signs may be that your normally affectionate pet may not want to be held or engage in activities he usually enjoys. If you suspect your pet may be in pain, call one of our staff members today at (601) 829-9949 to schedule your pet's appointment. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.