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Pain Management for Pets: Because Every Pet Should Feel His or Her Best

Knowing a pet is in pain is upsetting and, to some extent, confusing. Unlike us, they cannot communicate their pain in words. In veterinary medicine, we now know much more about how pets express their pain and are better able to treat pet patients with the same level of compassion and understanding as we would addressing pain in people.

Cat Portrait At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, pain management is our focus—including helping pet owners care for pets experiencing a chronic ailment or a recent surgery. During any examination performed at our clinic, your pet is assessed for pain or discomfort.

Your input as the loving pet owner is also important, since you might notice changes that could indicate pain. After all, you know your pet better than anyone. You play a vital role as we work to help your pet feel better.

Pain in pets often appears as:

  • Decreased exercise
  • Increased vocalization (whining, howling, etc.)
  • Flinching when touched or held
  • Favoring one limb or side
  • Inability to get comfortable
  • Disruption in sleeping, eating, or elimination habits
  • Hiding
  • Crouching (most often a sign in cats)
  • Lack of grooming (in cats)

Along with traditional anti-inflammatories and pain medications, we advocate for a multimodal approach to managing pain, including weight management and laser therapy. For many pets, adjustments in lifestyle and diet can have great outcomes.

If you believe your pet may be in pain, or if he or she is behaving differently, please schedule an appointment. Your best friend does not need to experience discomfort. We can help by creating a pain management treatment plan specifically for your pet.

For surgical patients, we take great care in assisting pet owners with at-home pain management and recovery. All surgery patients receive pain management prior to and after surgery.