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.
No one wants to see their pet in pain, but sometimes it is unavoidable. At Oakdale Animal Hospital we can help with pet pain management even if we cannot eliminate the pain. Cats and dogs often don’t show any blatant signs of distress, so you may have to look for subtle clues. If you suspect your pet is in pain, bring your pet to our animal hospital for a proper diagnosis. If you live in Brandon, Flowood, or the surrounding area, contact our veterinarians today to schedule an appointment.
Types of Pain
There are two types of pain in veterinary care: acute and chronic. Acute pain is generally intense and usually caused by a recent event related to an injury or an illness. Recent surgery is also a possible cause. However, it is a pain that will heal in time, though it may be hard for you and your pet in the meantime. Acute pain serves the purpose to tell the pet an area of the body needs protection. A pet will try to protect such an area, such as keeping weight off an injured paw.
Chronic pain does not serve any protective purpose. It is more of a long term or constant pain that cannot be cured. Arthritis is a prime example of this kind of pain. Often, this can be a degenerative condition that will get worse. Pain management can slow the illness, and even keep it under control.
Veterinary Care Treatments
Your veterinarian may prescribe pain medication and recommend rest for a pet that is injured and has acute pain. Medication can help manage pain that is chronic or ongoing. You can try to determine what is causing your pet’s pain by observing the pet closely. Some vets are also seeing the benefits of using CBD oil for pet pain management.
Some signs of pain in cats and dogs include:
- decreased activity
- withdrawing from the family
- snapping at people
- laying still, refusing to move
- decrease in appetite
- chewing or excessive scratching
Is Your Pet In Pain? Come See Us!
If your pet is in pain, bring him or her to Oakdale Animal Hospital for veterinary care in the Brandon and Flowood, MS area. If the vet does prescribe pain medication to your pet, be sure to provide it on the recommended schedule. If your pet is suffering, do what you can to make the animal comfortable, and try to avoid unnecessary stimulation. Call us today at (601) 829-9949 to schedule an appointment.