Pet Pain Management: Tell Us Where It Hurts
Animals experience pain much the same way as humans. Unfortunately, they can't tell us where it hurts. Instead, it is up to you, and us, to read the signs your pet is exhibiting to let us know there is something wrong.
Thankfully, the knowledgeable staff at Hanford Veterinary Hospital has nearly 70 years of experience in interpreting your pet's behavior and managing the aches and pains your pet suffers from. If your dog or cat's behavior has recently undergone an unexpected change, it may be time to give us a call.
Here's what to look for:
- Changes in behavior, such as decreased energy, restlessness, or becoming clingy
- Unusual behavior after strenuous activity
- Relentless licking in one area
- Aggressive behavior toward you or other animals
- Loss of interest in play or favorite activities
- Loss of appetite
- Bad reaction to being touched
If you have noticed any of these symptoms in your pet, it could mean there is something wrong.
When you bring in your pet for an evaluation, we will work to diagnose the root of your pet's pain and move forward from that diagnosis. And, whether the solution is as simple as pulling a thorn from a paw, a more complex procedure such as resetting a bone, or even helping you manage your pet's end-of-life care, we will hold your hand, and their paw, every step of the way.
Our pain management services also extend to providing the local anesthetics for minor procedures and the anesthesia required for orthopedic or soft tissue surgical procedures. Likewise, our pharmacy is stocked with the general pain medications required for you to administer at home to keep your pet comfortable after any of these procedures.
If you have any questions regarding your pet's behavior and possible symptoms, any medication we have prescribed, or any general concerns regarding your pet's health, please contact us. We are happy to help.