THE HARDEST THING ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR PET IS NOT KNOWING IF THEY’RE IN PAIN.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY PET IS IN PAIN?
Multimodal arthritis management involves attacking and preventing pain using multiple pain pathways and using different approaches. With multimodal management, less medication can often be used. We use weight management, Adequan, nutritional supplements, and a variety of prescription medications as indicated for your patient. No one drug is the answer for most pets, but a combination can be explored in order to manage your pets arthritis most effectively. Many patients suffer in silence and cues for arthritis are often missed by owners. Signs of osteoarthritis (arthritis) may include:
Reduced activity or refusal to move
Loss of interest of decreased social interaction
Changes in behavior including aggression, anxiety, or submission
Decreased appetite, weight loss, or excessive licking (grooming)
Definitive diagnosis with physical exam and radiographs will help us determine the most effective treatments.
IS MAGGIE OR OLIVER NOT AS ACTIVE OR MISCHIEVIOUS AS USUAL?
Behavior changes, especially lethargy and disinterest in enjoyable activities, could be a sign your pet is in pain. We can evaluate and establish a tailored plan for managing your companion's pain.
HOW CAN I ALLEVIATE MY PET'S PAIN?
One indicator that your pet is in pain due to hip dysplasia is the abnormal disbursement of weight between the front and back legs. The front legs should be directly under the shoulders, however if your pet suffers from hip dysplasia then the front legs are shifted to under the chest to take the weight of the hind legs.
Felines are much more tolerant of pain and more difficult to evaluate. There are many different techniques that are used to assess the pain level in cats. One of the most common methods (used in combination with additional approaches) is to observe facial expressions including the positioning of the ears, the distance between the ear and mouth, and characterization of the area around the mouth.
There are a wide range of treatment options available which include not only pharmaceutical medication, but also acupuncture, laser therapy, conditioning, and massage. We believe in taking a holistic approach to pain management and there is no “one size fits all” methodology.