Protecting Your Pet From Pain
Preventing and managing pain in your pet is a top priority at Bayview Animal Hospital. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions (such as cancer or arthritis), we help you develop a pain management plan that is tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
Dental Procedures and Pain Control
While dental cleanings are generally easy and painless, other procedures, such as extractions, can be more difficult and potentially painful. In such cases, we control your pet’s pain through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) are routinely employed to stop pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet may experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.
Watching for Pain in Your Pet
Animals instinctively hide their pain, so owners should be aware of common indicators such as:
- Excessive licking or biting
- Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
- Loss of appetite
Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.
Our pharmacy stocks a wide range of commonly used pharmaceuticals, which allows your pet to begin medications immediately. Our knowledgeable staff is also available to discuss appropriate dosage and administration techniques. With 24-hour notice, prescription refills can be phoned in for quick and easy pick-up, and we also offer convenient access to online refill requests.
On the Web
The Pet Health Center of WebMD offers a guide to pain medications for:
The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine offers this advice for treating pain in your dog.
The American Animal Hospital Association offers these pain management guidelines for dogs and cats.
Protect your family and pets by properly disposing of unwanted medications. Monroe County also organizes pharmaceutical waste collections for its residents. If you live in a different county, please check your county’s website for specific instructions.