Pain Management

Our goal at Rea Road Animal Hospital is to help your pet live their healthiest and longest life possible, beginning with knowing how to manage their pain. Since your pet can’t tell you when or where they’re in pain, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms in order to help manage pain and seek the appropriate treatment timely.

Two types of pain your pet can suffer from are acute pain and chronic pain.

  • Acute pain is sudden, sharp, and not long-lasting. This type of pain is subdued when the pain is addressed. For example, dental disease or a surgical procedure can produce acute pain.
  • Chronic pain is harder to identify, as it is constant and overtime can develop into diseases such as arthritis and cancer. The chance of having chronic pain increases as a pet ages. In order to reduce chronic pain, a long-term pain management plan must be in place.

Whether acute or chronic pain, providing appropriate pain management is vital for your pet’s quality of life.

Common signs or symptoms of pet pain can include:

  • Lethargy or lack of energy
  • Restlessness or seeking comfort
  • Aggression when handled or approached
  • Changes to mobility and walking
  • Crying or Whining
  • Inability to defecate or diarrhea
  • Seeking more or less attention than usual
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Decreased grooming
  • Body language that can imply discomfort, such as tail between legs or flattened ears

In order to manage pain in pets, some treatment plans may include:

Medication: Typically the best and easiest option, medication is prescribed by a veterinarian and is most recommended for chronic pain. It is important to note that medication should always be prescribed to your pet, as certain medications (including human medication) can be dangerous and potentially life threatening.

Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is a great option for a non-invasive treatment which helps with the healing process. In most cases, after only one session you will see a difference in your pet’s behavior and symptoms. Veterinarians can recommend the duration and number of sessions depending on the severity of your pet’s pain.

Supplements: Supplements are another way to manage your pet’s pain in a holistic and natural way. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if this is an option that should be considered for treatment.

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