No pet owner wants to see their pet in pain. They're more than pets — they're part of the family. If you notice your furry buddies sleeping more, limping more, or are having trouble getting off of the couch, it is time to bring your pet to the veterinarian for an examination. Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital offers comprehensive veterinary care to Long Beach, CA, and the surrounding areas.
Untreated pain slows down your pet’s capacity to heal itself, interferes with its sleep, and inhibits its white blood cell activity. By managing your pet’s pain, we can improve its breathing, improve its mobility, and enhance its ability to heal itself. Here are some effective ways of managing pain in pets.
Opioids – Opioids may be prescribed when your pet is in severe pain. This class of pain-relief medication includes morphine, codeine, fentanyl, buprenorphine, and hydromorphone. Opioids are usually reserved for treating severe surgical pain and in advanced cases of cancer. Opioids are also used in treating severe arthritis pain. In certain cases, opioids have a place in improving your pet’s quality of life.
Alternative Pet Pain Management Treatment – Treatment plans including acupuncture, physical therapy, and supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin are effective methods of pet pain management. Adequan Canine, an arthritis medication, can be injected to control arthritis symptoms and provide relief. Following a full examination, our veterinarian will recommend the most effective treatment for your pet based on your pet’s individual needs.
Seek Expert Advice – Some veterinarians recommend pain medication when appropriate. Many owners are apprehensive about accepting this medication because they are concerned about side-effects. If you are not comfortable giving your pet prescription medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also have a part to play in pet pain management. Much like in humans, the appropriate pain management medication for your pet is specific to the circumstance.
What the Best Option for Your Cats and Dogs?
Our approach to pet pain management will vary depending on your pet’s lifestyle, family concerns, and the actual source of pain. No matter the treatment settled upon, we are primarily concerned with your pet’s long-term health, mobility, and comfort.
Pet Pain Management in Long Beach, CA
At Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital, we have years of experience providing long-term relief to pets in pain in Long Beach, CA, and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions about pet pain management, call us at (562) 439-4228 or visit us online today.