Pain Management

Pain Management

Pets age much faster than human counterparts, a pet is considered a “senior” from 7 years of age and this is usually when we start to see the effects of wear and tear on the joints. Some pets can suffer from arthritis and joint issues from a young age due to their anatomy or underlying conditions. While your pet’s life may not be in danger, these problems can cause them chronic pain and detract from the quality of life they enjoy.

Reasons why your pet needs pain management

There are some common symptoms to look for in your pet which might indicate they are experiencing pain or discomfort. These include:

In dogs:

  • Regular, heavy panting
  • General restlessness (getting up and lying down constantly)
  • Licking a certain part of the body, especially joints
  • Avoidance of stairs
  • Whimpering or vocalising
  • Lack of energy or trouble getting up
  • Changes in behaviour

In cats:

  • Not using litter tray
  • Biting or licking legs, especially at joints
  • Being aggressive – scratching people when trying to be rubbed
  • Not climbing or jumping
  • Constant calling or whining
  • Lethargic, lack of energy

What Can be Done to Help Pets in Pain

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for pets suffering from chronic pain or discomfort. At our veterinary clinics qualified veterinary staff will assess your pet and create a tailored pain management plan for them. This may include:

    • Physiotherapy to improve mobility
    • Traditional or alternative pain relief
    • Nutritional changes for pets who have become overweight from lack of activity
    • Surgery for orthopaedic issues such as and cruciate ligament disease

 

How a pain management works

Our team of vets and nurses at our animal hospitals are acutely aware of how stressful this time can be for an animal that is already in pain so our facilities have been specially designed to reduce anxiety and give your pet a comfortable visit.