Dwight Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Pain Management: Pet Arthritis, Solensia & Librela

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.

Acute Pain

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

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.

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