Pet Pain Management
Caring for pets is a commitment to their health and comfort. The professionals at Peninsula Center Pet Hospital are dedicated to personal, compassionate care for companion animals. This approach leads us to relieve pain from injury and illness, as well as predict and prevent pain associated with medical procedures.
Sources of Pet Pain
Pets are experienced at hiding pain, an instinct related to protecting themselves from predators. We work with you to help identify potential sources of pain and educate you in the signs your pet may be in distress.
Any pet suffering from an accident or injury is likely to have pain. You may notice a limp or excessive licking or chewing at a specific spot on the body. Your cat may continue to move about and purr, while your dog may tail wag and even try to play. This does not mean your pet is free of pain and, in such cases, we may recommend an examination to be certain.
If your animal companion requires surgery, we create a pet pain management plan that addresses the periods before, during, and after the procedure. We review the patient’s age, condition, and lifestyle concerns, and tailor a plan that meets your pet’s specific needs.
Symptoms of Pain in a Pet
While a change in behavior is the most obvious symptom, here are some of the most common indicators of pet pain:
- Withdrawal—Your pet may avoid exercise, play, or physical contact; certain movements may hurt; touching or petting may be uncomfortable.
- Weight changes—Pain in the mouth or abdomen may result in refusal to eat, while arthritis, bone, or ligament issues can cause pain and a reduction in exercise that results in weight gain.
- Abnormal eating—Pets that drop or play with their food, chew only on one side, or refuse kibble and chew treats may have mouth pain from dental issues.
- Inappropriate elimination—Pain from urinary infections or immobility issues may cause a dog or cat to experience a lack of control, resulting in accidents.
While these are common indicators, any change in behavior can be a symptom of pet pain. Contact our hospital to discuss concerns about pain in your pet.
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