Veterinarians everywhere are becoming more and more aware of the value in developing a comprehensive pain management plan for pets. This involves both the subtle and obvious symptoms of pain in pets. It can be very difficult for owners to recognize symptoms because many animals have a natural instinct to hide their pain. Even veterinarians may have trouble recognizing when there are more complicated illnesses causing your pet discomfort, but our veterinary staff at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable vets in Kerrville, Texas.
Because animals cannot communicate their pain level to you directly, it is important to observe your pet’s natural tendencies and spot differences in their habits. These small, yet notable changes could be your pet’s only way to communicate their need for pain management.
Most pets that go through pain will demonstrate noticeable changes in behavior. You may notice they are reluctant to hop in the car or slowly climbing stairs. They may become more inactive and withdrawn, with no interested in activities they once loved. Other symptoms of pain may include:
Lack of or change in appetite; loss of intake or rapid weight loss
Biting, scratching or rubbing of painful areas
Altered behaviors such as restlessness, depression, circling or shiftlessness
Changes in sleeping patterns
Reluctance to move or change positions; reluctance to interact with others
Animal pain is characterized as either acute or chronic. The acute pain is nearly always due to a more obvious trauma or post-surgery. Our staff can offer short-term treatments, issuing higher doses of pain medication to ensure your pet’s comfort in these cases.
Chronic pain is typically due to joint disease or displacement, arthritis, chronic skin conditions, and chronic internal issues. We offer a diverse amount of treatments for chronic pain, including low-dosage pain medications, Chinese herbal medicine laser therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional guidance. Our goal is to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, your pet’s discomfort and pain and speed up their recovery to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Contact our offices at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic with any questions regarding pain management for pets in Kerrville, Texas.