Pain Management

When it comes to managing your pet’s pain, our practice offers and the highest quality of care utilizing compassion and the most effective medical treatments available. We develop a unique pain management plan to best serve the individual needs of your pet. This plan may include medication, complementary treatment or a combination of both.

Pets often share traits in common with their humans like a love of popcorn or an achy hip. Research has shown animals also share the way they experience pain. Therefore, you may recognize some medications, techniques and care for animal pain that your own doctor similarly prescribed for you. Common medications we prescribe for pets include analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflamatories (NSAIDs), anti-anxiety medications or topical anesthetics. However, it is very important to note that you should never give your pet medication designed for a human unless first consulting with us. Many medications designed for humans can cause life-threatening and irreversible reactions in animals. As with small children, medications should be kept out of reach of your pet.

We may also prescribe lifestyle changes for your pet. A specific diet, soft bedding, a few more rounds of fetch, raised food and water dishes or an extra snuggle now and then are just some of the things that may help your pet’s pain at home.

Many pets experience successful pain relief through complementary medicine. Acupuncture, chiropractic care, nutritional support or physical therapy often assist our practice to better manage your pet’s pain. Therapies such as massage, heat or strength building may seem familiar while some of our newer technology and machines might sound new to you. Our practice sometimes employs the use of a low level laser, ultrasound or a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) to relieve pain. Acupuncture is another commonly used modality.

Determining whether your pet’s pain it is acute or chronic is the first step to identifying the cause. Acute pain is often sudden and triggered by a specific event. For example if your pet receives a recent injury, they may experience acute pain. However, chronic pain persists over the long term and causes may include conditions such as joint inflammation, arthritis, or unattended tooth decay.

Early intervention is important when it comes to managing your pet’s pain. Some common signs of pain in your pet may include:

  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and / or vomiting
  • Vocalization
  • Change in temperament or behavior
  • Licking a specific area
  • Change in bathroom habits
  • Panting
  • Appearance of the third eyelid
  • Hiding

Notify our practice right away if you notice any of the above signs so we can take action to assist your pet.

Alternative Therapies

In addition to using medical pain reduction practices, All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care utilizes nonpharmaceutical and noninvasive pain management options, such as:

  • Massage Therapy
    On top of giving a pet additional enjoyable attention, pet massages release muscle tension, stiffness, and soreness, causing increased mobility and blood flow for the pet.
  • Heat Therapy
    Use of heat can reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to areas needing healing. The added comfort can also allow pets to relax and allow nervous energy to be diverted to the healing process.
  • Water Treadmill
    When pets are in too much discomfort to exercise, their muscles can become weaker, creating a vicious circle of pain leading to less mobility, leading to less ability, and so on. Our water treadmill allows pets to continue to exercise without bearing full weight on sore joints and muscles.
  • Pet Physical Therapy
    Many exercises can be used therapeutically to ease pain and increase mobility and strength.
  • Laser Therapy
    Laser therapy promotes healing and reduces inflammation and pain by encouraging cell growth.
  • Acupuncture
    The veterinarians at All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care can refer pets to acupuncture services, which have proven helpful to some pets.