If you have ever witnessed an animal in pain, you know how heartbreaking it can truly be. The worst part, perhaps, is that they don’t even understand why they’re hurting. They don’t have the same perspective we do; all they know is the physical sensation of pain. Fortunately, we do know that animals experience the same levels and types of pain that humans experience, which gives us the necessary insight to help them manage or alleviate that discomfort. Continue reading for an overview of the pain management options we offer here at our Haines City veterinary hospital.
Haines City Veterinary Pain Management
At Heart of Florida Animal Hospital, the comfort and well-being of our patients are of utmost importance. Each and every one of our highly-skilled veterinary professionals is focused on making sure that your pet enjoys the highest possible quality of life. So, whether you are talking about chronic pain (which is often associated with aging, cancer, and other certain types of illnesses) or acute pain due to sudden illness or injury, we have a solution that will make your loved one much more comfortable. Examples of useful medications might include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (specifically for your pet’s species; remember that some human medications are dangerous for pets!)
- Corticosteroids by injection or by mouth
- Opioids by transdermal, sublingual, intravenous, intramuscular, or oral administration
Of course, we’ll also offer guidance to you and your family for other ways to help control your pet’s pain. You may be taught how to give your pet a certain type of massage, or your vet may show you how to do passive range of motion exercises to minimize joint and muscle discomfort. There are several non-medical veterinary pain management techniques, and at Heart of Florida Animal Hospital, we believe in taking a well-rounded approach to your pet’s quality of life.
Does your dog, cat, or exotic pet appear to be suffering from unmanaged or poorly-managed pain? If so, give us a call today at 863-421-2338 to schedule a consultation.