Effective Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats
Rea Road Animal Hospital’s veterinarians use pain relief as an effective tool to ensure that your pet does not experience distress from dental cleanings and other treatments, surgery, or chronic conditions like arthritis. Our veterinarians can help to determine when your pet is in need of treatment for pain.
Senior Pets May Need Pain Relief
As our pets live longer, we see an increase of the symptoms of arthritis that may make them slow down. Chronic pain can make your pet uncomfortable and very unhappy as well. Older dogs and cats just don’t seem like themselves. We can help your pet with a multi-modal approach.
Prescription pain medications can be effective. Dietary supplements or “nutraceuticals” can also help the joints of both cats and dogs. These products offer health and medical benefits, including preventing and treating disease. We may prescribe any of these alone or in combination. Exercise and counseling can also help.
Orthopedic surgery may also be the right option for a pet in pain.
Pet Pain Management During Surgery
Pain management is an important a component of veterinary surgery. We administer analgesic medication before, during, and after every surgical procedure to make sure that your pet is comfortable and able to go home with you as soon as possible. We create an individual pain relief and management plan for each pet we see. Pain management for your pet may include medications; warm blankets or warming devices; a quiet, soothing environment; and the tender, compassionate care of our veterinary technicians and veterinarians.
Post-Surgical Pet Pain Relief
Pain management is important in recovery as well. Many factors are taken into consideration when we create the individual plan for your pet, including:
- Type of procedure and the length
- The age, breed, and overall health of your pet
- What kind of pain relievers were given before and during a surgery
- Blood test results for organ functions