Pain Management2018-09-05T19:39:36+00:00

Pain Management for Pets

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Dr. Stephanie Murphree works very closely with pet owners to understand every facet of their pet’s condition. This includes their pet’s breed, size, age, personality, condition, and comprehensive health history. Our goal is to find the treatments that are safest and most effective for every individual pet.

Pet owners are more likely to be alerted to changes in their pets’ behavior when acute pain strikes, though chronic pain can also produce telltale signals if it grows intense enough. You may find that your pet has grown strangely aggressive or seeks unusual amounts of comfort from the humans in the household. Pain from skin problems may result in your pet constantly biting, licking or chewing at the trouble site. Pets in severe pain may grow very still and reserved, their ears may flatten back against their heads, and they may cry, whimper or make other sounds of distress. Cats pose more of a puzzle than dogs, because they instinctively hide their pain whenever possible. Cats will sometimes even purr as a sign of pain. We urge owners to bring their pets in for an examination if they show any signs of pain or if owners suspect their beloved pets may be in pain.

Pain Medication for Pets

Pain control for dogs and cats may involve medication, non-invasive therapeutic measures, or surgery to correct the underlying health condition. A detailed examination can help us pinpoint the origins of the distress, and from there we can determine the proper course of action. Pain management for dogs with joint trouble, for example, may involve a combination of dietary changes to relieve pressure from excess weight, therapeutic massage, anti-inflammatory drugs or even corrective surgery.
Pain medication for pets is commonly prescribed following a surgical procedure to make recuperation easier. It bears noting, however, that pain medication for pets can differ significantly from humans, so owners should always consult our veterinarian for a proper prescription.
Post-operative pain management for dogs and cats may also include making sure they do not re-open their incisions through too much activity or licking and chewing at surgery sites.
Contact Republic Veterinary Hospital to learn more about pain management for dogs or cats. If your pet is in pain, we can help.
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