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.