Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. At Trinity Pet Hospital, we know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.
Studies show that pain relief may be able to speed the recovery process, whether from surgery or injury. Most importantly, pain relief may help your pet live longer because it reduces stress and increases his or her sense of well-being.
Acute pain is a sudden onset as a result of an injury, surgery, or infection and can make your pet extremely uncomfortable and sometimes limit his or her mobility. This pain seldom lingers, usually disappearing when the condition that caused it is treated.
Chronic pain usually develops slowly and is long lasting. Common sources of chronic pain are age-related disorders such as arthritis, but it can also be caused by illnesses such as cancer or bone disease. This pain is the hardest to deal with because it can go on for years, sometimes even for the rest of your pat's life. And because it develops slowly, some animals learn to tolerate the pain and live with it, making detection difficult.
Since animals can't tell us in words that they hurt, it's important that you watch them closely if you detect any change in their behavior. Your pet may be in pain if he or she:
- is unusually quiet, listless, restless, or unresponsive
- whines, whimpers or howls for no discernable reason
- bites or snaps
- frequently licks a particular part of his or her body for extended periods
- acts funny or out of character, either aggressively or submissively
- flattens the ears against the head
- has trouble sleeping or eating
- seeks a lot more affection than usual
If you suspect your pet is in pain, it is important that you bring them in for a consultation. We can help you pinpoint the problem and discuss available options for solving and managing your pet's pain.