Pain Management at Fairview Veterinary Hospital
Whether the pain is from illness, injury, or recuperating from surgery, our goal is to manage, minimize, or eliminate your pet’s pain. At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, we will provide the highest quality of care to alleviate your pet’s discomfort. We will also teach you methods and pain relief options to use at home.
Routine health and wellness care is vital to keeping your pet healthy and free of pain. This should include a course of vaccinations as well as routine diagnostic lab work. Proper nutrition is also important in preventing health issues that can cause pain. One of the problems with pain management in pets is that they do not often let you know that they are in discomfort. Our veterinarians and staff can detect the symptoms of pet pain and teach you what to look for.
A few symptoms of a dog or cat in pain are:
- Loss of appetite
- Vocalization such as whimpering or yowling
- Acting out or unusual disobedience
- Growling or aggression
- Excessive licking
- Refusal to play or respond to commands
If your pet displays behavioral changes in general, it is important to contact us for an immediate exam.
During surgery, we normally use a general anesthesia. In order to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort, a human technician will monitor your pet for evaluation the entire time. We use several methods to monitor your pet, including:
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen levels
Following surgery, your pet will often experience some pain during recovery. Fairview tailors the course of pain management for your pet. This can include pain patches, oral medications, or other options to keep your pet as comfortable as possible as they recover.
Medications from Our Pharmacy
Our in-house pharmacy will get you started with a course of any necessary medication and is on hand for necessary refills. If you think your pet is in pain or have any questions about pain management, please contact us. We hate to see animals in pain and are eager to help.