Dwight Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Pain Management in Dwight, IL.

As pet owners, we want our pets to live long and healthy lives. However, just like humans, animals can experience pain and discomfort. It is important for pet owners to be aware of the signs and symptoms of pain in their pets and to seek proper veterinary pain management solutions, and our Dwight, IL veterinary team is here to help!

What is Veterinary Pain Management for Pets?

Veterinary pain management is the practice of identifying and treating pain in animals. It involves a comprehensive approach that includes diagnosing the source of pain, managing the pain, and monitoring the animal's response to treatment. This field of veterinary medicine is constantly evolving, with new techniques and medications being developed to improve the quality of life for animals in pain.

Acute Pain in Pets

Acute pain is defined as a sudden and intense pain that is typically caused by an injury or illness. This type of pain is short-term and usually resolves once the underlying cause is treated. Some common causes of acute pain in animals include surgery, trauma, and infections.

Signs and Symptoms

Pet owners need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of acute pain in their pets. These may include:

  • Vocalization (whimpering, crying, or yelping)
  • Restlessness or pacing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Changes in behavior (aggression, hiding, or lethargy)
  • Changes in posture or gait
  • Increased heart rate and breathing

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. Acute pain can be very uncomfortable for animals and can lead to further complications if left untreated.

Pain Management Solutions

There are various pain management solutions that veterinarians may use to treat acute pain in animals. These may include:

  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Rimadyl or Galliprant for canines or Onsior for felines are commonly used to manage acute pain in animals. These medications can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. Galliprant is the preferred option for canines with pre-existing liver and kidney value changes.
  • Local anesthetics: These are used to numb a specific area of the body and can help manage pain after surgery or during a procedure.
  • Physical therapy: In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended to help improve mobility and reduce pain in animals.

Chronic Pain in Pets

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for an extended period, typically longer than three months. This type of pain can be caused by conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or nerve damage. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain may not have an obvious cause and can be more difficult to manage.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of chronic pain in animals may include:

  • Limping or difficulty walking
  • Changes in posture or gait
  • Decreased activity or exercise intolerance
  • Irritability or aggression
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in grooming habits

Pain Management Solutions

Managing chronic pain in animals can be challenging, but there are various options available. These may include:

  • Medications: Similar to acute pain management, medications such as Rimadyl or Galliprant, both NSAIDs for canines, or Onsior for felines be used to provide relief for chronic pain. Galliprant is the preferred option for canines with pre-existing liver and kidney value changes.
  • Supplements: Some supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, may help improve joint health and reduce pain in animals with conditions like arthritis.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can also be beneficial for managing chronic pain in animals. This may include exercises to improve mobility and reduce discomfort.
  • Solensia is the first and only FDA-approved Anti-NGF Monoclonal Antibody Therapy administered monthly at our office that can help control osteoarthritis pain in cats.
  • Librela is the first and only monthly injectable Anti-NGF Monoclonal Antibody Therapy administered at our office to help control osteoarthritis pain in dogs.
  • Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, and is safe for pets of all ages.

Tips for Managing Pain in Pets at Home

Monitor Your Pet's Behavior

As mentioned earlier, changes in behavior can be a sign that your pet is in pain. It's important to monitor your pet's behavior and take note of any changes. This can help you determine if your pet's pain is improving or worsening, and if any adjustments need to be made to their pain management plan.

Keep Up with Veterinary Appointments

Regular check-ups with us are important for managing pain in pets. We can assess your pet's pain levels and make any necessary adjustments to their pain management plan. We can also monitor for any potential side effects from medication and provide guidance on how to best manage your pet's pain.

Provide Emotional Support

Pets can experience emotional distress when they are in pain, just like humans. It's important to provide emotional support for your pet during this time. This can include spending quality time with them, providing comfort and reassurance, and engaging in activities that they enjoy.

Be Patient and Understanding

Managing pain in pets can be a long and sometimes frustrating process. It's important to be patient and understanding with your pet during this time. They may not be able to do the things they used to, and it's important to be patient with them as they adjust to their new limitations.

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Located off of Highway 55 and W Mazon Ave. on Old Route 66.

Phone: 815-584-2732

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