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Pain Management

Pain management is at the core of compassionate, exceptional veterinary medicine. The practice of managing pain considers the patient as a whole in an effort to not only protect a pet's physical functioning, but their psychological and emotional wellbeing as well. We prioritize the mitigation, management, and elimination of pain in all of our patients in an effort to give them comfortable, active, and happy lives.

Acute pain and chronic pain are the two main types of pain. These two categories of pain affect pets differently, which means the pain management approaches are different as well.

Acute pain is often the result of trauma from an accident or procedure. It causes sharp and sudden pain, but once it is addressed, the pain will cease. Acute pain is typically remedied in six months of less. Prior to surgical procedures, precautions are taken to manage acute pain before onset.

Chronic pain is often the result of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. Oftentimes, chronic pain is not entirely curable and the pet will need to live with some degree of pain for the rest of their lives. In these cases, we will help to keep pain at an all-time low so your pet can live as comfortable and happy life as possible.

The psychological and emotional component of pain can elicit symptoms of dysfunction and depression, similar to human medicine. Physiologically, this can lead to delayed healing, worsening symptoms, and exaggerated stress in pets that are already suffering from an illness or injury. For this reason, it's key to be active in relieving pain as soon as possible. As with any medical condition, the longer a condition is endured, the less likely for successful treatment outcomes.

The veterinary professionals at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate have years of experience detecting various indications of pain in pets-even the most subtle. We know what to look for that may easily go unnoticed at home. If we recognize signs of pain in your pet, our veterinarians will create an individualized plan to provide your pet with relief as quickly as possible.

In cases of routine surgical procedures, advanced medical treatments, and chronically painful conditions, we are able to manage pain preemptively with pain medications. This plan will continue through the treatment and recovery process and be modified along the way based on the pet's progress.

Below you will find the most common signs of pain in pets. If you recognize any of these signs in your pet, please do not wait to let our clinical team know so we can help your pet physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

  • Hiding
  • Crying, whining, or howling
  • Decreased grooming or not grooming
  • Decreased appetite
  • Uncharacteristic aggression and/or irritability
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Seeking more affection that usual
  • Not wanting to be handled
  • Lethargy
  • Not moving from one area
  • Restlessness
  • Protecting the affected body part
  • Shaking and/or trembling
  • Vacant and glassy-eyed