If your dog or cat is recovering from a recent surgery or illness, we are here to provide pain management programs to ease your pet’s pain and discomfort. At The Bluffs Pet Clinic, we have developed pain management programs designed to treat both acute and chronic health conditions.
Acute & Chronic Pain
Pain can either be acute or chronic. Acute pain is sudden, typically resulting from a surgery, injury, or infection. Although usually acute pain does not indicate a long-term condition, it can still be uncomfortable and even limit your pet’s mobility. Chronic pain develops slowly over time, and is often linked with long-term conditions. Common causes of chronic pain include arthritis, cancer, dental disease, and diseases of the skin and ear. The pain caused by chronic conditions can be especially troublesome as the effects are long lasting.
Recognizing Pain in Your Pet
Many times it can be difficult to recognize the signs of pain since an animal’s first instinct is to hide their pain. That’s why it’s important to look for changes in your pet’s behavior, including any of the following signs:
- Listlessness or unresponsiveness
- Whining or whimpering, or persistent barking or meowing
- Biting or snipping at people
- Loss of appetite, panting, inactivity and hiding
- Frequent licking or chewing
- Trouble sleeping or eating
- Inability to get comfortable
- Exhibiting behavior that is out of character
- Difficulty in walking up or down stairs
- Difficulty in getting up or laying down
- Reluctance to go on walks (dogs)
- Reluctance to jump up onto perches (cats)
If your pet is showing any of these signs, he or she may have a medical condition that requires immediate veterinary care. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to find the pain management plan that is best for your pet.