Chronic Pain Management
Thanks to recent advances in veterinary medicine and technology, pets -- especially dogs and cats -- are living longer than ever before. And while having more time with Fluffy and Fido is a fantastic thing, pet owners should be aware that as their pets age, they're susceptible to many of the same types of chronic pain that people are. Osteoarthritis, in particular, is a major cause of chronic pain in older animals. It's incredibly important to be able to recognize when your pet is hurting and take action so that they won't suffer through their golden years.
At Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner, we know that your pets are members of your family, and we provide pain care and management that's just as compassionate and thorough as you'd want for yourself.
What are the signs that a pet is experiencing chronic pain?
Many animals act stoically when they're in pain. In the wild, injured animals tend to be singled out by predators, so your dog or cat may instinctively hide their discomfort when they're ill or injured. As a pet owner, you are in the best position to notice when something isn't right with your pet, but the signs may be subtle. Your pet may be hurting and in need of pain relief if any of the following are true:
- Your pet has become less active and playful.
- Your pet moves stiffly, hobbles, or seems to have trouble getting around.
- Your pet seems to dislike being touched, held, or lifted.
- Your pet avoids taking the stairs or jumping up on things.
How can a Gardner veterinarian help you manage your pet's pain?
If you suspect that your pet may be in pain, bring them to our animal hospital. The veterinarian who sees your pet will start by performing a comprehensive exam to try to find out what is causing the discomfort for your cat or dog. Finding the source of the problem will allow us to come up with an appropriate treatment plan that effectively reduces or eliminates your pet's discomfort.
Our veterinary team usually recommends a number of things to people whose pets have chronic pain. These are:
- A nutritious diet. Good nutrition helps your pet recover from injuries and maintain muscle tone.
- Weight control. Being overweight or obese exacerbates some painful conditions, such as osteoarthritis.
- Environmental changes. An arthritic dog may need a softer bed and extra blankets to keep him warm, for instance.
Oakbrook Animal Hospital Veterinary Team Can Help You
Painful conditions like arthritis don't have to get the better of your pet. Call Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner today to help your pet live a pain-free life.