Pain is often an unfortunate fact of life, both for humans and for the animals they cherish. It can also assume many forms, from acute traumatic injuries to the slow, progressive encroachment of chronic pain and stiffness on your pet’s everyday life. Here at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital, we understand that when your pet hurts, so do you. That’s why we take great pride in offering many different kinds of pet management for pets just like yours.
When Your Pet Struggles With Pain
Sometimes it’s easy to tell when your pet is in pain, especially in the wake of a serious infection, fracture, strain, laceration or surgical procedure. Crying, yelping when touched or limping are some of the clearest indicators. At other times, however, you may not always pick upon the signs that your pet is hurting. This is especially true of cats, who have an instinctive resistance to showing pain or weakness. Look for red flags such as:
- Change from active to sedentary behavior, unwillingness to move quickly, or difficulty in standing up or lying down (all signs of possible joint pain or musculoskeletal injury)
- Change in appetite or refusal or eat crunchy foods (a sign of dental damage or infection)
- Resistance to being touched on the head (possible ear infection or head injury)
- Constant licking at the same spot of skin (potential skin infection or wound)
Chronic pain conditions can sneak up on your pet as the years go by. Joint problems such as osteoarthritis commonly develop as the cartilage in the joints wears down. Hip dysplasia may grow more painful with age, while degeneration in the spinal joints and discs may cause a combination of spinal arthritis and bulging discs, the latter of which can also produce pain by pinching nerves. Advanced stages of cancer can be extraordinarily painful.
A Variety of Answers From Our Veterinarians in Winnipeg
Our veterinarians in Winnipeg, Dr. Mander and Dr. Weebbadda, are highly skilled and experienced at recognizing both different types of pain symptoms and the underlying issues that cause them. We can perform a thorough evaluation of your pet’s health while asking you about any behavioral changes that might indicate a pain disorder. Our pet pain management for pets includes such helpful options as:
- Pain medication – Depending on the type and severity of the pain, we may prescribe NSAIDs, anti-inflammatory steroids or even (in the most extreme cases) opiate pain medication.
- Nutritional supplementation – The right supplements can provide pain management for pets. For example, our Flexadin Chewable glucosamine/chondroitin tablets can help control painful cartilage degeneration in joints. (We can also help your pet lose weight to relieve joint pressure.)
- Surgery – Dental, orthopedic or cancer surgery may reduce or alleviate severe pain.
Schedule Pain Management at Our Animal Hospital
Help your pet enjoy life again. Call our animal hospital today at 204-452-9010 for a pain management consultation with our veterinarians in Winnipeg!