Veterinary science is always evolving and moving forward. It is our belief at Clarke County Animal Hospital that it is important to keep up with this advancement so that we can provide our clients the best that veterinary science has to offer. Recent research supports the fact that mammals have the same neuro-anatomical structures that humans have in the perception of pain. Keeping that fact in mind, Dr. Sellers believes that medication should be used to manage your pet’s pain.
Animals instinctively hide their pain, often making it difficult for pet owners to recognize a health problem. Some symptoms of pain in dogs and cats include:
- Refusal to play or respond to commands
- Excessive licking or biting a body part
- Howling, whining or vocalizing
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Change in behavior, such as growling or aggression
Should your pet begin to exhibit any of the above symptoms, call us and make an appointment to have your pet examined.
Studies have shown that pets who receive appropriate pain medication following surgery recover more quickly and experience fewer complications. Uncontrolled pain can increase the production of stress hormones that slow wound healing, increase blood pressure and lengthen the period of recovery. At Clarke County Animal Hospital, a variety of medications are available to manage your pet’s pain before, during and after surgery. All animals having surgical procedures performed will be administered pain medications and will be discharged with pain medications and specific instructions for the pet owner.
Chronic pain (from arthritis and other degenerative conditions) may be a more difficult type of pain to control. Dr. Sellers keeps up to date on the most recent advances in pain management so that he can recommend a program that will benefit your pet’s pain. Contact us to schedule an appointment to see how we can help manage your pet's pain.