Pain Management for Pets

Dogs and cats feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. At Riverside Animal Care Center, we know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. We take special care in considering pain management in all medical and surgical situations. All surgical patients receive preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative pain management and their response to therapy is assessed before discharge from the hospital.

Pain can be acute such as that from an injury or a surgical procedure or chronic from conditions such as osteoarthritis or spinal disc disease. All of our doctors and technicians are trained in recognizing and assessing pain in our small animal patients. In may cases we need your help by giving us a detailed history of things that your pet is doing or not doing.

Signs that your pet might be in pain include:

  • Depression and/or inactivity
  • Rising slowly or “collapsing” to lie down
  • Walking with a stiff gait, especially after getting up
  • Standing or sitting in unusual positions
  • Trembling
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Whining, whimpering, howling, or constantly meowing
  • Constantly licking or chewing at a particular part of the body
  • Acting funny and out of character, either aggressively or submissively
  • Unable to get comfortable (constantly changes positions to find the most comfortable position)
  • Develops new and inappropriate behavior like chewing on objects such as wood (may indicate a dental issue).

If your pet is exhibiting any of the above signs or just not acting right or “acting old” they may be experiencing chronic pain. We have many options for pain management including, nutritional supplements, drug and non drug options. We want your pet to have a great quality of life especially in their older years. Please talk to us about the many pain management options that we can provide.