We all worry about our beloved pets being in pain. A major reason that people seek our services here at Last Wishes is for help identifying and managing their pet’s pain. Pain can affect areas of the body differently. Veterinarians can help determine whether pain is present, what type of pain your animal is in, and how best to manage that pain. Pain may present differently in a dog versus a cat. A cat with arthritis will need different therapy for pain than a dog with an abdominal tumor.
Your pet’s body language and behaviors can help us determine whether they are in pain. Watching your pet walk around, lie down, or sit down can give your veterinarian clues as to what areas are uncomfortable or painful. Getting a detailed history from you is also essential since some pain management may have already been attempted. The physical exam can pinpoint areas where your pet may be in pain. Some pets hide their pain so well that a trial of pain medication is needed to see if there is a positive response with their behavior or symptoms.
Veterinarians have various ways to treat pain. Multi-modal pain therapy is a combination of ways to treat pain. The multi-modal approach to pain management uses a combination of treatments to lessen pain and suffering. This can include different classes of drugs, laser therapy, acupuncture, supplements, and/or massage. Different classes of medications act differently within the body. Laser, acupuncture and massage are additional ways to address pain without side effects or drug interactions.
Wind-up pain is intense, chronic pain that is perceived by the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This pain must be treated differently since it has been present for a longer time. By using multiple drugs, we can better control pain and decrease the wind-up pain in order to get your pet more comfortable faster. We often are then able to decrease the amount of medications we need long term once the wind-up pain has been addressed. Your veterinarian can help determine whether your pet has wind-up pain.
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Each pet will have different needs depending on their illnesses, diseases, and injuries. We can manage your pet’s pain best by providing you with an individual plan for your pet after we consult with you. Do not give up hope – our team has lots of knowledge and training on how to help your pet.