Managing pain plays an important part in the healing process and maintaining quality of life for your pet, whether your pet suffers from a chronic painful condition or illness, or if the condition is temporary like an injury, or from a surgical procedure. At Watauga Animal Hospital, rest assured that your veterinarian is keeping up with the many advances being made in this area of veterinary medicine.

You are the best advocate for your pet. Your pet can’t communicate to you in words if they are in pain. They may provide other clues, however; while some discomfort will be obvious, such as limping, wobbling or whimpering, you may have to trust your instincts regarding changes in your pet’s mood or behavior. For instance, if your normally affectionate pet suddenly doesn’t want to be held, goes off into a corner or quiet space away from humans or other animals, or if you notice changes in the way they play or engage in activities they usually enjoy.

Understanding pain management in pets has moved to the forefront of veterinary medicine and education in recent years in efforts to promote healing and improve quality of life. From ingestible medications to I.V. therapy, there are several treatment options to help make your pet comfortable and get them on the road to recovery. Your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian will be happy to discuss them with you.