Mile High Animal Hospital of Aurora offers an array of options for pain management for dogs and cats. Whether your pet is experiencing chronic pain from aging, arthritis, or a chronic illness, or experiencing temporary pain from injury or surgery, our veterinary team offers a variety of pet pain management solutions.
By first identifying and then managing your pet’s pain, the Mile High Animal Hospital veterinary team can help your dog or cat live a higher quality of life, and you as their pet parent will have peace of mind that your pet is not suffering in silence.
Pain management options for dogs & cats include:
Pain relief medications
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Tramadol (has opioid-like effects and works well in concert with NSAIDs
- High does of omega fatty acids
- Opioids (typically reserved for acute pain situations or hospice and end-of-life situations)
- Gabapentin (blocks neurological pain)
Alternative/Holistic pain management
- Acupuncture for dogs & cats
- Laser therapy for dogs & cats
Alleviating and managing your dog or cat’s pain is not just about making him or her more comfortable. Stopping their pain cycle literally can help your pet go into recovery mode and heal rather than being stuck in a state of dull shock from ongoing pain that slows the healing process. To that end, both the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners jointly introduced expanded guidelines for pain management for dogs and cats in 2015. The guidelines detail how important it is for the pet parent to identify behavioral changes that indicate their pet’s in pain. They also give early intervention recommendations and solutions that include using a combination of pharmacological and non-med-based solutions to help manage pain for dogs and cats.
Mile High Animal Hospital of Aurora is a state-of-the-art animal hospital offering advanced veterinary care for dogs and cats, and our offerings in pain management for dogs and cats follow the new guidelines and include pharmacological options and alternative options that reduce pain including acupuncture and laser therapy.
If you need help assessing whether your pet’s in pain and how to deal with it, please contact Mile High Animal Hospital to schedule a consult on pain management options for your dog or cat.