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Pain Management

Pet Pain Management

No pet owner wants a beloved animal to experience acute or chronic pain; fortunately, veterinary science now offers a variety of ways to relieve or control many kinds of pain that can afflict pets. Here at Willard Veterinary Clinic, we make quality of life a priority for all our patients. Our South Shore veterinarian provides pet pain relief, geriatric pet care, and other services to help your pet get the most of life.

Pain tends to make its most dramatic appearances in acute problems such as fractures, lacerations, burns, infections and other sudden-onset conditions. You may notice your pet limping, whining, panting, avoiding human touch or refraining from his usual activities. If he suffers from oral, dental or digestive pain, he may avoid eating. A trip to our South Shore animal hospital will allow us to diagnose and treat the condition for prompt pet pain relief. We can prescribe pain relievers as needed during your pet’s recovery. These medications may range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for infections or minor pet surgery recovery, to opioid drugs for major surgery or cancer pain.

Chronic pain is also a reality for countless pets of all ages, though it becomes more common in cases involving geriatric pet care. Older or overweight pets, in particular, may be subject to pain from degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. This type of pain can develop so slowly that owners are unaware of their pet’s discomfort for some time. This may be especially true for cats, who instinctively hide any signs of pain or weakness. If your pet displays personality changes, stands up or lies down with difficulty and/or avoids human contact, he may be in pain without actually vocalizing it. Annual wellness evaluations can help our South Shore veterinarian monitor your pet’s overall condition and provide pet pain relief in response to signs of distress. Geriatric pet care may involve two wellness checks per year instead of one.

Your Resource for Pet Pain Relief

Depending on the severity of your pet’s chronic pain problem, our South Shore veterinarian may prescribe NSAIDs or a corticosteroid drug such as prednisone to combat inflammation and provide pet pain relief. Progressive joint conditions such as hip dysplasia may respond to surgery that limits the joint motion or even replaces the hip joint entirely, giving your pet new freedom of motion and a respite from chronic pain. Excess weight is often a factor in sedentary pets, especially senior pets who already have enough joint pain to discourage regular exercise. In these cases, weight control measures such as increased activity, nutritional and dietary changes, medications and other forms of treatment can all work together to provide pet pain relief.
Learn More at Our South Shore Animal Hospital

Contact our South Shore veterinarian today for more information about our pet pain relief and geriatric pet care services. We can help your pet feel his best for life!

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