Pain management can be one of the most complex aspects of being the caregiver of a sick animal. Animals have a natural instinct to hide pain. Therefore, signs of pain may be very difficult to detect and may include symptoms such as turning away a treat, slowly eating their food or sleeping loss. In cases of severe pain, your pet may show unusual aggressiveness, such as barking, snarling and snapping.
According to Heartland Animal Hospital, animal pain falls into two categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is almost always due to trauma or post-surgery. Our staff can offer short-term treatment, issuing higher doses of pain medication to ensure your pet’s comfort. Chronic pain is typically due to joint disease or displacement, arthritis, chronic skin conditions and chronic internal issues. Our staff uses low-dosage pain medications, laser therapy, and dietary guidance to ensure a smoother healing process for your pet.