Irondequoit Animal Hospital Pain Management: Relieving Discomfort With Medicine and Compassion
It is heartbreaking when your pet is in pain, whether the cause is illness, injury, or recovery from a medical procedure. At Irondequoit we are experts in pain management. We will provide the best possible care to alleviate your pet’s discomfort and will educate you on the options you have at home.
One of the problems with pain management in pets is that they do not often let you know that they are in discomfort. Our veterinarians and staff can detect the symptoms of pet pain and teach you what to look for.
A few symptoms of a dog or cat in pain are:
- Loss of appetite
- Vocalization such as whimpering or yowling
- Acting out or unusual disobedience
- Growling or aggression
- Excessive licking
- Refusal to play or respond to commands
If your pet displays behavioral changes in general, it is important to contact us for an immediate exam.
Routine health and wellness care is vital to keeping your pet healthy and free of pain. This should include a course of vaccinations as well as routine diagnostic lab work. Proper nutrition is also important in preventing health issues that can cause pain.
During surgery, we normally use a general anesthesia. In order to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort, a human technician will monitor your pet for evaluation the entire time. We use several methods to monitor your pet, including:
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen levels
Following surgery, your pet will often experience some pain during recovery. Irondequoit tailors the course of pain management for your pet. This can include pain patches, oral medications or other options to keep your pet as comfortable as possible as they recover.
Medications from our Pharmacy
Our in-house pharmacy will get you started with a course of any necessary medication and is on hand for necessary refills. If you think your pet is in pain or have any questions about pain management, please contact us. We hate to see animals in pain and are eager to help.
On the Web
The Pet Health Center on WebMD has a guide to pain medications.
Other web links of interest include:
- AAHA pain management guidelines for dogs and cats
- FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine pain management for dogs
- How to dispose of unwanted medications
For more information, contact us or make an appointment today.