The management of acute and chronic pain in patients is the core of veterinary medical care. At Parkville Animal Hospital, we work with you to help prevent and control pain in your pet, all in an effort to give them the best life possible.
The two main categories of pain include acute pain and chronic pain. Each category affects pets in different ways, and determines the pain management approach our experienced clinical team will take.
Acute pain is often brought about as a result of trauma, injury, or post-surgical recovery. Acute pain can be described as sharp and sudden, and can typically be resolved in a few days.
Chronic pain is often brought about as a result of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis. In these cases, the pain may only be able to be managed, not cured. We will work with you to reduce your pet’s pain to an acceptable level, and manage it accordingly with a myriad of potential treatments, such as laser therapy, medication, or even acupuncture.
Pain can take many shapes and forms. Over time, pain can have an effect on not only your pet’s physical functioning, but also their psychological and emotional state. This can delay healing progress and contribute to a decreased quality of life, which is why it’s so important to address and relieve the source of the pain as soon as possible.
When possible, pain is managed preemptively with pain management medications. Typically, these cases involve surgeries, invasive treatments, and some chronic pain conditions. Medication can be tailored to your pet throughout the recovery process.
We also offer laser therapy which reduces pain and inflammation and increases healing time. You can read more about this service here.
If you observe any of the following symptoms at home, please schedule a visit with your veterinarian right away, as they may be signs of chronic pain.