How to Tell If Your Dog or Cat Is in Pain
|In recent years there has been increasing awareness of the need for pain management in our animals. From routine surgical procedures to every day medical cases, pain management has become an increasing part of veterinary practice and now considered to be an important standard of care. Sometimes pets may show no signs of pain. Particularly cats are great maskers of illness symptoms and discomfort. Other pets may show signs of excessive crying or vocalization when handled or upon moving. Other pets may have stiffness or lameness, particularly with acute injuries and/or with arthritis or back problems in older pets.|
Some pets may be restless, while others are reluctant to move at all, often laying in one place for hours. Whenever soft tissue and/or orthopedic surgical procedures are performed on our pets, it can be presumed that there will be some element of pain involved, and pain management should be considered. Amongst the many medications available include anti-inflammatory medications such as Rimadyl or Previcox in dogs, as well as opiate type medications such as Buprenex and Tramadol in both dogs and cats.
Joint supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer, Yucca Intensive and Glyco-Flex can often be helpful for chronic arthritis in pets. Finally holistic medical treatment options such as acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy, as well as physical rehabilitation can often help chronically painful pets, or to help with post-operative recovery, particularly in orthopedic cases or back surgeries.