Appointments & Questions

405.275.0990

New Clients Welcome!

Pain Management

At Shawnee Animal Hospital, we believe that every pet deserves the longest, happiest, and most comfortable life possible. Our goal is to eliminate the experience of pain for your pet to the fullest extent that is achievable for their condition.

In veterinary medicine, pain is typically categorized into two groups: chronic and acute.

Acute pain is sharp and typically has a sudden onset. Sudden trauma, surgeries, and dental procedures are examples of sources of acute pain. In some cases, such as the later two examples, an effective way of treating acute pain is to be proactive about pain prevention before a scheduled procedure.

Chronic pain is different because it is pervasive, and typically comes on slowly, caused by degenerative diseases such as cancer or arthritis. For chronic pain, a more long-term methodology might have to be established.

If you are suspicious that your pet may be in pain, look out for these signs:

  • Hiding from attention
  • Conversely; seeking more attention than usual
  • Increased vocalization, such as whining or crying
  • Shaking
  • Avoidance when a certain part of the body is touched
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Aggression
  • Excessively licking a certain body part

Depending on the severity of your pet's pain, your veterinarian may choose to prescribe pain medicine. In addition to medicinal intervention, some helpful steps to help your pained pet could include:

  • Limiting their mobility so they cannot hurt themselves further
  • Helping their space to be comfy and padded with blankets or pillows
  • Physical therapy

With these tips in mind, it is important to remember that there is no "one size fits all" for pet pain. Your veterinarian can help you decide on the best course of action, taking into account the source and severity of your pet's individual experience.