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Treating Pain in Companion Animals


Many years ago, the control of pain was entirely secondary to the control of disease in both human and veterinary medicine.The obvious consequence, of course, was a great deal of unnecessary discomfort and suffering.The good news is that there has been a clear shift in philosophy toward recognizing pain as both a symptom and, in some cases, a disease entity in its own right.As a result, patient comfort, i.e. timely, appropriate and effective management of pain, is included among the primary goals in compassionate health care.


Many health concerns in companion animals are associated with pain.Examples include elective surgery such as ovariohysterectomy (spay), castration, or declaw, trauma, osteoarthritis, back and neck disorders (so-called disc disease), ear infections pancreatitis, and cancer.Pain is actually helpful in that the response to it is somewhat protective.For example, in touching a hot object our pain response is protective because it causes us to pull away quickly.However, pain can have adverse consequences including distress, delayed healing, poor quality of life, sleep disturbance, poor appetite, depression, altered social interaction and in fact, progression to more serious levels of pain; pain that can be much more difficult to treat.Pain associated with health concerns is almost universally detrimental and concerted efforts to alleviate it are warranted.


When our pets are in pain it is distressful to them as well as to us.Certainly we want to treat pain as quickly as possible.It is P.A.W.S. Pet Hospital's highest goal and responsibility to honor the bond you share with your companion with compassionate care.P.A.W.S. Pet Hospital will take the time to accurately diagnose the cause(s) of pain and to determine the safest and most appropriate therapy. Your observations of your pet's reactions to pain can be very helpful in our diagnosis.