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Pain Management

The management of acute and chronic pain in patients is at the heart of compassionate veterinary medical care. At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we partner with you to help prevent, manage, and eliminate pain in your pet, all in an effort to give them the quality of life they deserve.

The two main categories of pain include acute pain and chronic pain. Each category affects pets in different ways, and dictates the pain management approach our experienced clinical team will take. 

  • Acute Pain is oftentimes brought about as a result of trauma, injury, or post-operative recovery. Acute pain can be described as sharp and sudden, and can typically be resolved in a few days.
  • Chronic Pain is oftentimes brought about as a result of chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. In these cases, the pain may only be able to be managed, not cured. We will work with you to reduce your pet’s pain to an all-time low, and manage it accordingly with a variety of potential treatments, such as acupuncture treatment, herbal therapy, science diet, and more. 

Pain can take many shapes and forms. Over time, pain can have an effect on not only your pet’s physical functioning, but also their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Physiologically, this can set back healing progress and contribute to worsening symptoms. That’s why it’s critical to address and relieve the source of the pain without delay. 

When possible, pain is managed preemptively with pain medication. Typically, these cases involve surgeries, advanced treatments, and certain chronic pain conditions. Medication can be modified throughout the recovery process.

To follow is a list of common signs of pain in pets. If you observe any of the following at home, please schedule a visit with your veterinarian right away. 

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

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