Recognizing Pain in Pets
The first step in managing pain in pets is recognizing the signs of pain. Pets can't tell us when they're in pain, so it's important to be aware of the signs.
Common signs of pain in pets include:
- Changes in behavior, such as increased aggression or decreased activity
- Changes in eating or drinking habits
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Panting or heavy breathing
- Licking or biting at a specific area
- Limping or favoring one side
- Loss of appetite
If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it's important to schedule an appointment with our team as soon as possible.
Pain Management Strategies
Once we have diagnosed the cause of the pain, there are a variety of methods we can use to manage your pet's pain.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): These drugs are often used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in pets.
- Pain medications: These medications are designed to reduce the sensation of pain in pets.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help strengthen weakened muscles and improve mobility.
- Massage: Massage can help reduce stress and improve circulation, which can help reduce pain.
- Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese practice can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Dietary supplements: Certain dietary supplements can help reduce inflammation and improve joint health.
Book an appointment with our team to discuss how we can help your pet.