Pain Management

When your pet is in pain, they cannot voice their struggle. As a pet owner, you have the responsibility to provide relief to their pain. At Lakeland Veterinary Hospital, we are able to help you identify the source of your pet’s pain, and provide relief for them through a variety of treatment options.

The first step to pain management is recognizing that there is a problem. If you are concerned that your pet may be suffering, pay attention for one, two, or a cluster of the following symptoms:

  • Hiding from attention, often in a secluded area
  • Decreased activity levels
  • Whining or crying
  • Licking a certain body part excessively
  • Sudden changes in eating patterns
  • Sudden changes in sleeping patterns
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bloody stools
  • Aggression
  • Fearfulness

Additionally, any sudden or extreme change in your pet’s behaviour or disposition can be a warning sign. If you notice a cluster of these symptoms, or one symptom to excess, please call a veterinarian’s office for further advice.

In general, there are two distinct types of pain that require different treatment approaches: chronic and acute. The main difference between the two is their duration. Chronic pain is long-lasting, while acute pain will usually dissipate not long after the source is treated and/or healed.

Chronic pain is often caused by conditions, such as cancer or arthritis, that are complex and challenging to treat. Treatment options for chronic pain include lifestyle changes, medication, and long term therapies. Senior pets are at greater risk for chronic conditions. Often, managing chronic pain is an ongoing task that can span months or even years.

Acute pain can be caused, for example, by a sudden trauma or a surgery. Treatment options for acute pain include medication, preemptive treatments (for example, anesthesia before surgery), and curing the source of the pain.

Concerned your pet may be experiencing pain? Click here to answer some questions that may help you and your pet!

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