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Posted on 08-12-2014
Pain Afflicting Younger and Older Pets
If your pain suffers from acute or chronic pain, you would probably do anything to take that discomfort away. Fortunately, modern veterinary medicine offers many different pain relief and pain management options, including:
NSAIDs - These medicines are commonly used for temporary relief of pain, swelling and inflammation. As mild as these drugs may seem, they can cause organ damage in large doses, so it is best to follow your vet's dosage instructions precisely.
Steroidal anti-inflammatories - These drugs have proven useful for treatment of severe arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, eye infections, and pain from spinal disk problems -- but they may also cause serious side effects.
Opioids - These strong painkillers are generally reserved for severe, untreatable pain, such as that associated with advanced arthritis or cancer. They may be prescribed for a pet who cannot obtain relief from other treatments.
Nutritional therapy - Many pets respond well to changes in their diet. Weight loss, for instance, can help relieve joint pain, as can supplements such as turmeric or omega-3 fish oil. Older pets in particular may need smaller portion sizes to accommodate their less active lifestyles.
Surgery - A pet lamed by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament can experience pain relief and restored function from reconstructive knee surgery. Hip surgery can help relieve dysplasia pain, while spinal fusion surgery can relieve nerve impingements that refer pain throughout the body.
Laser therapy - Therapeutic laser light can relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing to injured joints. This non-invasive therapy has no known side effects.
Acupuncture - Acupuncture has become increasingly common as a pain relief method for animals as well as humans. The practice appears to encourage the release of natural pain relievers known as endorphins.
Relief for Sick, Injured, or Older Pets
No matter how mild or severe your pet's pain may be, our team at Mobile Vet of Western Mass is ready to help. We can travel to you for an evaluation!
Does your pet have pain? Does it limit their activities?
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