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Pain Management for Pets
For many years, the veterinary community has been faced with the challenge of pain management for animals. It was not widely known that dogs and cats experience physical sensations such as pain quite similarly to humans, as our pets instinctively hide their pain to avoid being seen as weak by potential predators. Veterinary experts once believed that animals do not feel pain in the same frequency or intensity as humans; however, if something seems to cause you discomfort or pain, it is safe to assume that it probably does for your dog or cat as well. While there are different signs for cats and dogs in identifying pain, if you notice unusual behaviors from your pet, our veterinarians at Ashton Animal Hospital are prepared to provide pain management options for acute and chronic pains.
Pain Management for Dogs
If you see your dog behaving strangely, he or she may be experiencing pain. Whether your dog is being less active, more aggressive, or even whimpering or crying, these are signs that your pet is in distress. Pain management for dogs can involve the use of medications or surgical procedures. Many surgeries will require postoperative dog pain management to ensure proper healing of their wounds. Whether your dog is experiencing acute or chronic pain, make sure to visit your veterinarian to determine your pet's options for controlling their pain. By helping to provide pain relief for our pets, we can drastically improve the quality of their lives.
Pain Management for Cats
Instinctively, cats and dogs will try to hide signs of their pain to avoid becoming targeted, as in the wild, any weakened animal is fair game to a greater predator. If you notice any strange behavior in your cat, such as hiding more than usual, agitation, lost appetite, aggressiveness, panting, hissing, increased heart rate, altered movement, or any other unusual signs, your pet is likely suffering from pain. Pain management for cats is done through surgical procedures and through administering pharmaceutical drugs to deal with acute and chronic pain. If you suspect that your cat companion is experiencing discomfort, make a visit to your veterinarian to see all your options for cat pain management.
Pain Management in Animals
Dealing with pain is terrible, and although your pet may not openly displaying signs or symptoms of pain, they could still be hiding it. As we are all familiar with pain, we can relate to our pet companions; anything we see that seems like it would hurt or cause discomfort for us probably does for our pets as well. Thus, it is important to take notice of these things for the sake of our pets.