Pain management can be one of the most complex aspects of being the caregiver of a sick animal. Animals have a natural instinct to hide pain. Therefore, signs of pain may be very difficult to detect and may include symptoms such as turning away a treat, slowly eating their food or sleeping loss. In cases of severe pain, your pet may show unusual aggressiveness, such as barking, snarling and snapping.
Barry Veterinary Hospital understands that animal pain falls into two categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is almost always due to trauma or post-surgery. Our staff can offer short-term treatment, issuing higher doses of pain medication to ensure your pet’s comfort. Chronic pain is typically due to joint disease or displacement, arthritis, chronic skin conditions and chronic internal issues. Our staff uses low-dosage pain medications, laser therapy, and dietary guidance to ensure a smoother healing process for your pet.
If your animal has been injured, one of the best ways to hasten the recovery process and build strength is through physical therapy. Physical therapy may be strenuous at first, but will ultimately help your pet manage the pain caused by injury or disease. Our staff is here to help you develop an effective therapy regimen specific to your animal’s illness and needs.
Because animals are often unable to remain cooperative during treatment, anesthesia is used more frequently with pets than with humans. Whether it is for routine treatment or a surgical emergency, anesthesia may be necessary to keep your pet immobile, unaware of the procedure, and spared from any pain. Any medical treatment, including anesthesia, comes with risks, but rest assured that our veterinary team takes every precaution in order to prevent any complications.
We are more than happy to talk to you about specific concerns you may have concerning your pet’s health and pain management. Call Barry Veterinary Hospital to speak with one of our veterinarians today.