No pet should have to needlessly experience pain. Unfortunately, pet owners may have a difficult time determining if their canine or feline companion is experiencing discomfort. This is because, in nature, animals hide their pain as a survival technique so as not to appear weak to potential predators. The team at Mountainside Veterinary Hospital is committed to reducing or eliminating pain experienced by your furry family members. An integral part of managing pain is helping you, the pet owner, become aware of subtle changes in your pet’s behavior that might indicate he or she is experiencing discomfort.
Pet Pain Management in Reisterstown, MD
Recognizing Pain in Pets
- Decrease in activity or mobility
- Difficulty rising
- Stiffness or limping
- Decreased appetite
- Resistance to being picked up or held
- Excessive licking at one area, such as a wrist joint
- Vocalizing (whining or moaning)
- Becoming quiet and withdrawn, hiding or sleeping in remote areas
- Inappropriate aggressive behavior or irritability
- Personality changes
- Restless, unable to get comfortable, fitful at night, frequently changing positions
- Increased respiratory rate, panting
There are two kinds of pain: chronic and acute. Chronic pain is usually the result of degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or neuromuscular diseases. Acute pain is experienced quickly and normally associated with an injury or a surgical procedure.
Whether chronic or acute, pain can greatly affect your pet’s healing process and quality of life. Our practice offers a number of solutions for managing or eliminating pain in companion animals. At Mountainside Veterinary Hospital, we will develop a pain management plan based on the unique needs and requirements of each patient. Our goal is to minimize or eliminate pain in your pet to enhance their recovery process and to maintain his or her comfort for years to come.
There are a variety of pain medications available to give your pet some relief. Medications come in a variety of forms, including pills, oral liquid, and transdermals (absorbed through the skin). Referral for other procedures, such as therapeutic laser and physical therapy, may also be recommended. Find our vet services near you conveniently located in Reisterstown, MD.