Pain Management Center at VMC
The Veterinary Medical Center makes keeping our patients pain-free a top priority. Veterinary pain management is a rapidly developing area, and we consistently update our protocols to stay up to date with the most effective and safe methods available.
How do we know our pet is experiencing pain?
Pets feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans: dental problems, infections, arthritis, disease and cancer as well as discomfort after surgical procedures. There are certain signs and changes in behavior that can indicate when a pet is suffering. As a pet owner, you are in the best position to notice those often subtle changes. The sooner your dog’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.
Out of instinct, many animals will hide their pain. This is most common in our cats. In the wild, animals that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. For this reason, our pets often disguise the fact they are in pain.
Also true is that our pets do not simply slow down because they are aging. Age is not a disease! If your senior dog or cat is less active, it is likely because there is something wrong and may very well be that he is suffering from arthritis pain or some other type of pain.
The most obvious signs of pain are crying, whimpering, growling and limping. A common misconception is that a pet that is limping is not painful because he/she is not vocal or is still willing to play and chase the ball. The fact is, an animal that is not painful does not limp (assuming that there are no anatomical abnormalities that result in an abnormal gait). If your dog or cat is limping, it is because his/her leg hurts. There are many reasons the leg may hurt but the bottom line is that your pet is in pain!
Behaviors that may indicate pain:
Michelle Burnett, DVM, CVA
Director, Pain Management Service
|Veterinary Medical Center of CNY - 5841 Bridge Street, Suite 200 East Syracuse, NY 13057 TEL: 315.446.7933 - FAX: 315.446.0920 - EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org - Site Map|