No animal should live in unnecessary pain. When your family pet is dealing with pain, it affects everyone in the household. The love we have for our pets makes their pain unbearable for us to watch. At Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital, it is apart of our ethic to prevent pain from affecting our patients to the greatest extent possible.
When managing pain, there are two general types which require different treatment and consideration: chronic pain and acute pain.
Chronic pain – is generally characterized by its duration. It can last weeks, months, or even years. Chronic pain is caused by conditions such as cancer or arthritis that are also considered chronic, or long-lasting.
Acute pain– is sharper and shorter-lasting. Acute pain can be caused by a trauma, or even by a veterinary procedure such as a surgery or tooth extraction. In cases such as these, it can be prepared for or mitigated in advance.
Both chronic and acute pain can be treated with both drug and non-drug methods. Depending on the severity, type, and cause of the pain, your veterinarian may prescribe pain medication to alleviate the pain, and will most likely discuss how to alleviate the pain through lifestyle methods.
If your pet is prescribed pain medication, it is critical that the directions for dosage be closely followed. Medication that is not prescribed to your pet should never be given, and their pain medication should never be given to another creature. Taking unprescribed pain medication can cause very serious complications, and even death.
Other pain management techniques pets respond well to include acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, weight control, added bedding or padding to their environment, and added warmth in cold weather.
Every pet handles their pain in their own unique way. Because pets cannot tell us what is wrong, it is up to us, their caretakers, to notice if they are living with pain and to assist them accordingly. The following are common signs of a pet in pain:
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