Sweet Relief: Managing Your Pet’s Pain
It’s commonly accepted that animals experience pain in much the same way we do. 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 that something is wrong.
Thankfully, the staff at Statesboro Bulloch Regional Veterinary Hospital is experienced in interpreting your pet’s pain-related behavior and can help to alleviate or manage your pet’s aches and pains.
Often, the first signs that your pet is in pain come as changes in his or her behavior. If you have noticed a change or are seeing any of the following behaviors, it may be time to give us a call.
Here’s what to look for:
- Sudden or gradual changes in behavior, such as decreased energy, restlessness, or becoming clingy
- Aggressive behavior toward you or other animals
- Bad reaction to being touched, especially in a centralized location
- Atypical exhaustion after normal activities
- Relentless licking in one area
- Loss of interest in play or favorite activities
- Loss of appetite
- Increased vocalization, such as whining, whimpering, or meowing
If your pet is exhibiting any of these behaviors, we suggest you bring him or her in right away for an evaluation.
How We Can Help
We will work with you to understand your pet’s behavior and, if need be, use the diagnostic technology we have available in an effort to diagnose the root of your pet’s pain.
Once the cause of your pet’s pain has been determined, we will create an individualized care plan for managing his or her condition. Whether the solution is as simple as pulling an embedded thorn from a paw or requires a more complex procedure such as plating a bone or designing a comprehensive pain management plan for a chronic condition, we will hold their paw, and your hand, every step of the way.
Our pain management services also extend to providing the local anesthetics for minor procedures and the general anesthesia required for orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures. Whether your pet’s surgery is a planned procedure or the result of an emergency, our in-house lab is available day or night to ensure that your pet is capable of undergoing the anesthesia process.
Likewise, our pharmacy is stocked with the pain medications your pet needs for post-op or chronic pain management.
If you suspect that your pet is in pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us day or night.