A Pain-Free Pet is a Happy Pet
Avoiding or minimizing pain in your pet is always a top priority for our team. That’s why we create personalized pain management plans for all surgical procedures and for the treatment of chronic conditions.
Signs of Pain
Animals instinctively hide pain, so it’s important to be aware of common symptoms. This includes:
- Excessive licking or biting
- Loss of appetite
- Reluctance to move or jump
- Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
- Changes in behavior (e.g., growling or overt aggression)
If your pet displays any of these signs or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.
Dental Care and Pain Management
While dental cleanings are generally painless, other procedures (such as extractions) are potentially painful. In this case, we control pain through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) are used to keep your pet from ever experiencing pain. At-home medications may also be prescribed if we anticipate your pet will experience discomfort after leaving our hospital.
Our on-site pharmacy stocks a variety of pet pharmaceuticals. Our team is always happy to answer questions and to discuss appropriate dosage and administration techniques. For your convenience, we also offer online prescription refills.
On the Web
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