Effective Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats

pain management

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
"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer