No one enjoys watching a pet in pain, though animals will instinctively do what they can to hide the fact. This survival mechanism can make it hard to know when your pet is in pain. So, if you suspect your pet is in pain, do not hesitate to bring them in for a diagnosis.
At La Jolla Veterinary Hospital, we offer high-quality, compassionate care to manage your pet's pain. We will develop a management plan tailored to serve your pet's needs.
The two main types of pain we see in vet care are chronic and acute pain. Chronic pain is a constant long-term pain that is usually incurable. This type of pain is generally degenerative, getting worse over time. Pain management helps keep the pain under control or slows down the illness.
Acute pain is intense, often resulting from a recent injury or illness. It can also be due to recent surgery. The pain is difficult for the pet, but it heals over time. Protecting the affected or injured area can help provide relief.
Some signs can indicate that your pet is in pain. They include limping, reduced activity, anxiety, withdrawing from people, avoiding physical contact, refusing to move, and losing appetite.
Increased aggression, vocalization, nausea and vomiting, and excessive scratching or chewing can indicate that your pet is in pain. It would be best if you also looked out for excessive panting. If you notice any signs, bring your pet in for veterinary care.
Several treatment options can provide pain relief for your pet. At La Jolla Veterinary Hospital, we offer several treatment options based on your pet's condition. The treatments include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), analgesics, topical anesthetics, and anti-anxiety medication.
We also recommend alternative treatments such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, and nutritional support. Diet and lifestyle change can play a crucial role in pet pain management.
Choosing the best treatment option will help provide lasting relief. The best treatment will depend on the pet's overall health, as well as pain type, severity, and duration. Specific medication is helpful for particular species.
If there is extensive tissue damage or injuries, the vet may prescribe several medications. Massage compresses, and laser and ultrasound technologies can help with pain management. Our team will assess your pet for pain before creating a customized treatment plan.
Early intervention is an essential factor in pain management. If your pet has just had surgery, you can safely assume they will be in pain. But in some cases, the cause of pain is not obvious. Call the veterinarian immediately if you notice signs that your pet is in pain. When the signs become apparent, your pet may be suffering greatly. Prompt diagnosis and early intervention can help save your pet's life.
Just like humans, pets have a nervous system to make them susceptible to pain. Outward demonstrations of suffering may not be apparent, but that does not mean your pet is not in pain. Pain should never go untreated. Recognizing and managing the pain will allow your pet to enjoy their life.
To learn more about pain management, visit La Jolla Veterinary Hospital at our office in La Jolla, California. Call (858) 454-6155 today to schedule an appointment.