Pet Pain Management:
Providing Comfort & Care to Those in Need
Pets are extremely talented at hiding their pain. In the case of their ancestors, this was necessary in order to survive. However, for today’s pet, it can lead to needless suffering.
That’s one of the reasons why it is so critical to have regular pet wellness appointments, especially for senior pets. These check-ups enable our veterinarians to examine your pet and take note of subtle physical or behavioral changes that may indicate an underlying pet health condition. Should pain relief be needed, we have an array of resources available to assist your pet.
Pet Orthopedic Issues
While orthopedic conditions are more likely to arise in older pets, they can strike at any age. Whether it’s a knee injury, hip dysplasia, or cat or dog arthritis, these conditions can be debilitating and extremely painful. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms, he or she may be experiencing an orthopedic issue:
- Difficulty rising, jumping up, or climbing stairs
- Lagging behind during walks
- Limping of any kind
- Decrease in activity level
Depending upon the diagnosis, we offer a variety of pain management solutions. In some cases, veterinary acupuncture can provide much-needed relief. In others, pain management through pet medication is provided. If orthopedic surgery is required, our highly-skilled veterinarians are experienced at performing cruciate ligament and fracture repair procedures.
Once your pet reaches the age of 3, odds are that he or she will have some form of oral disease. If your pet is displaying any symptoms of mouth pain, please contact us right away. These include:
- Difficulty eating
- Unusual drooling
- Sensitivity to touch around the oral cavity
- Trouble swallowing
Oral issues can be extremely painful and may lead to serious health consequences if left undiagnosed. Our veterinarians will carefully review potential treatment options with you to determine the best course of action for your pet. This could range from tooth extractions, a root canal, or some other form of oral surgery, to a special dental supplement or prescription diet. We will do everything we can to provide your pet relief.
Not all pain is physical. Sometimes pets suffer from psychological or behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, aggression, obsessive behavior, or fear phobias. If your pet is experiencing one of these conditions, our veterinarians will first try to determine whether there is an underlying physical cause that needs addressing.
If additional care is needed after that, we will coordinate with renowned pet behaviorist Veronica Sanchez from Cooperative Paws, who can offer counseling about behavior modification techniques. These may be used in conjunction with pet medication therapy.
If your pet is in need of medication to manage pain, our veterinarians will coordinate closely with you to select the medicine that will best suit his or her needs. Our full-service pet pharmacy is stocked with the highest quality of veterinary medications.
In addition, when available, we offer pet medicine in a variety of formats to make it easier to administer. Whether it’s via pills, liquids, or transdermals that may be rubbed on the ear, we will make sure your pet receives the pain relief he or she needs.
I always appreciate the friendliness and helpful attitudes of the support staff at T&C. They are polite and knowledgeable, and very pleasant in handling our dog who is old and blind.