Types of Pain that Your Pet May Experience
While most animals instinctively hide any pain or injury as a means of survival, there are usually some indications that things are not as they should be. There are numerous types of pain that affect pets, such as pain that is related to a physical injury, arthritis, or illness. If the pain is from a condition such as arthritis your pet will require a comprehensive pain management pain that will address the issue effectively and allow them to lead a full and healthy life.
Signs that Your Pet May Be in Pain
- Subdued behavior such as being withdrawn, inactive, and overly quiet
- Loss of enthusiasm for walks and other physical activities such as climbing stairs and playing
- Recoiling when touched
- Whimpering or making other sounds of distress
- Stiffness or limping
- Repetitive licking in an area that is painful or sensitive
- Changes in appetite
- Slowness on walks
- Holding their ears flat against their head
- Alterations in personality
- Exhibiting uncharacteristic aggressiveness when approached
Effective Pet Pain Relief
There are several drugs that are effective for quick pain relief. The veterinarians and staff at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital will determine the most appropriate type of medication due to the source of pain, the size and age of the animal, and any other factors that may influence their decision. Diagnostic tools, such as x-rays, may be used in the determination of the cause of the pain and how to best manage your animal's comfort and relief.
Pet Pain Management
In addition to medication, your vet may also recommend changes to the pet's nutrition and diet practices as well as their activity level. One of the following types of pain relief medications will likely be used in the treatment of your pet's pain:
- Corticosteroids are an effective medication for pain that is caused by allergies or arthritis. If used for a long period of time, it is important that you work with your vet to ensure that no harmful effects begin to occur.
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) should be used with a good deal of caution, and in close consultation with your vet, as they have been reported to cause damage to vital organs such as the liver and kidneys. This drug is most effective in cases of mild or moderate pain.
- Opioids are an effective treatment for pets that suffer from prolonged pain that is severe. These drugs should be used under the close advisement of your vet.
You can trust the entire staff at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital to provide effective and compassionate care to help relieve any pain that your pet may be experiencing.
How Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital Can Help with Pet Pain Relief
Just as our name implies, Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital approaches veterinary care with a high level of compassion. Please call our office today at (702) 259-9200 to schedule a pain review for your pet. Our hospital is conveniently located at 1550 South Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas.