Green Hills Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Pain Management in Moberly, MO

As pet owners, we never want to see our furry friends in pain. Unfortunately, our pets can experience pain just like we do. Whether it's from an injury, illness, or chronic condition, pet owners need to be aware of effective strategies for veterinary pain management, and we are here to help.

Chronic Pain vs Acute Pain

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for an extended period, typically longer than three months. This type of pain can be caused by conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or nerve damage.

Acute pain is sudden and short-term, usually caused by an injury or illness.

Pet owners need to understand the difference between these two types of pain, as they may require different treatment approaches.

Signs of Pain in Pets

Pets cannot verbally communicate when they are in pain, so it is important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of pain in their furry friends. Some common signs of pain in pets include:

  • Changes in behavior: This can include increased aggression, decreased activity, or changes in eating and drinking habits.
  • Changes in posture: Pets may hold their body in an abnormal position or have difficulty getting up or lying down.
  • Changes in grooming habits: Pets may groom themselves less or avoid certain areas of their body.
  • Vocalization: Pets may whine, whimper, or yelp when touched or when moving.
  • Changes in sleep patterns: Pets may have difficulty sleeping or may sleep more than usual.

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to consult with us for proper pain management.

Pain Management Solutions

Managing chronic pain in animals can be challenging, but there are various options available. These may include:

  • Medicationa such as NSAIDs for canines, or Onsior for felines, can be used to provide relief for chronic pain. 
  • Supplements: Some supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, may help improve joint health and reduce pain in animals with conditions like arthritis.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can also be beneficial for managing chronic pain in animals. This may include exercises to improve mobility and reduce discomfort.
  • Solensia is the first and only FDA-approved Anti-NGF Monoclonal Antibody Therapy administered monthly at our office that can help control osteoarthritis pain in cats.
  • Librela is the first and only monthly injectable Anti-NGF Monoclonal Antibody Therapy administered at our office to help control osteoarthritis pain in dogs.

There are various pain management solutions that we may use to treat acute pain in animals. These may include:

  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for canines or Onsior for felines are commonly used to manage acute pain in animals. These medications can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. 
  • Local anesthetics: These are used to numb a specific area of the body and can help manage pain after surgery or during a procedure.
  • Physical therapy: In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended to help improve mobility and reduce pain in animals.

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