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Dog Pain Management


This collection of Dog Pain Management articles has been curated for you by Willard Veterinary clinic. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (617) 767-0294.

Recognizing Signs of Pain in Your Pet

Pain is a clinically significant symptom that can adversely affect an animal’s quality of life—and the first step in treating it is recognizing and acknowledging it.

Our pets share the same anatomical and biochemical pain pathways that we do; therefore, we can expect their level of discomfort with certain conditions to be similar to ours. Unfortunately, they cannot tell us with words how they feel or where they hurt, but they can give us clues about their level of discomfort.


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An Integrative Approach to Pain Management

In Western medicine, pain is defined as a complex phenomenon that includes both the sensation and the subsequent behaviors that occur as a response. In Eastern medicine, pain is the manifestation of stagnant Qi or blood. Essentially, it is energy that is caught in one area creating pain and loss of function. Longstanding stagnant energy eventually leads to permanent structural changes, such as arthritis.


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How You Can Ease Your Senior Dog's Arthritis Pain

You recognize the signs. The slow hobble to greet you at the door where once your dog practically leaped at the chance to put his paws on you. The laborious clamber from a resting position to standing.

These are clear signs of arthritis pain and it affects between 60 – 70% of dogs.

Other signs include limping, reluctance to go up and down stairs and generally, a lethargy where you once had an active pooch.


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Benefit of Laser Therapy for Dogs

Would your dog benefit from laser therapy? Quite possibly. In fact, many pet lovers aren’t aware of this safe, non-invasive procedure even though it’s been used on humans for over 40 years.


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