The professionals of Care Veterinary Clinics are committed to managing or eliminating pain in every patient. This humane approach to veterinary care is more than kind—our pet patients heal faster and experience more mobility when pain is effectively addressed. Our compassionate pain protocols allow for pain to be anticipated and relieved even prior to a procedure or surgery, as well as during recuperation.
It was once believed that pain in animals aided the recovery process by keeping the patient quiet. It was also thought that companion animals didn’t experience much pain because they showed little or no symptoms. This was wrong on both counts. We now know that animals mask pain instinctively, presumably to hide their vulnerability in the wild. And veterinary science has demonstrated that patients who have their pain controlled heal faster and more completely.
Types of Pet Pain We Treat
There are three types of pain for our pet patients: acute, chronic, and imposed pain.
- Acute pain – Sudden onset pain resulting from an injury, inflammation, infection, or other disease.
- Chronic pain – Long-lasting pain that develops over a period of time may be age-related, such as arthritis, or illness-related, such as bone disease.
- Imposed pain – This pain is resulting from a surgery or other veterinary therapies necessary to treat or heal a larger problem.
Acute pain is treated as soon as the cause is discovered and is most often temporary. Chronic pain can be hard to detect, as the slower development of the condition or disease allows the patient to cultivate a tolerance for the growing discomfort. We can treat this type of pain once the source is diagnosed, and dosages are often adjusted through observation of the pet’s behavioral changes.
Imposed pain is incurred through such advances as veterinary surgery or physical therapy. This pain is anticipated and treated prior to the procedure or treatment, during the procedure, and afterwards for the most effective approach. Anesthesia and pain medications are relatively safe and effective when applied properly and approached with the best interest of the patient in mind. In surgical pain, we often perform diagnostic lab tests to determine the patient’s ability to withstand anesthesia.