We’re committed to keeping clients and staff safe during COVID-19 with NEW admittance and check-out processes.  Click here to learn more about about our Covid-19 safety procedures.

Pain Management

For most sick or injured pets, pain management will improve the recovery process and allow the animal to heal more rapidly. Your veterinary professionals at VCA Acacia Animal Hospital will develop a pain management plan for every patient in pain or discomfort, tailored to address your pet????????s specific concerns.

The source of pain is the first concern in pain management: it may be acute pain caused by an injury or illness; it may be chronic pain from a disease or age-related condition; or it may be post-operative pain that tapers off as the patient recovers. While this may seem a simple task, it is often difficult to detect chronic pain that has developed slowly or pain that radiates away from the site of origin.

Animals instinctively hide pain to protect themselves from predators, so diagnosing the source of a problem is often tricky. Unless the pain is obvious????????say, from a wound????????the process requires skill and an eye for subtle details. Some indicators of hidden pain include the following:

  • Limping
  • Whining, whimpering, or howling
  • Unusually quiet, listless, or inactive
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Unusually restless
  • Uncharacteristically aggressive or submissive
  • Biting, licking, or chewing at one area
  • Trouble sleeping or irregular sleeping patterns
  • Inability to get comfortable
  • Trouble lying down or standing up
  • Shortened stride
  • Hunched posture

If your pet has any of these problems, consider pain as a possible cause and contact your VCA Acacia veterinarian at once.

Veterinary medicine offers many options for pet pain relief. Traditional medicine offers pain reducing medications and anti-inflammatory drugs, from NSAIDS to steroids. Medications come with some risks, however, such as uncomfortable or dangerous side effects.

Holistic medicine offers any number of treatment options, from acupuncture and laser therapy, to herbal supplements and even chiropractic care. Your VCA Acacia veterinarian will advise you of the options best suited to your special pet.

For a listing of articles discussing pain management in pets, visit the AAHA Healthy Pet website.

cat with veterinarian and otoscope

Pain Management

Our hospital offers primary care services that cover every pet’s basic needs. These services include spays and neuters, health exams,... More

cat with veterinarian and otoscope

Book an Appointment

Select an appointment type to get started.

My Pet is Sick

My Pet is Sick

Physical Exam or Vaccines

Physical Exam or Vaccines

Other

Other

Emergency

Emergency

Book an Appointment

Select an appointment type to get started.

My Pet is Sick

My Pet is Sick

Physical Exam or Vaccines

Physical Exam or Vaccines

Other

Other

Emergency

Emergency

VCA Care Club

Wellness Plans for Your Pet

Preventive nose-to-tail care.
West Highland White Terrier

Prescriptions, pet food
and more...So you'll

Never Forget It

West Highland White TerrierWest Highland White Terrier

Pet care you can count on - because VCA delivers.

Learn More

Get to Know Our Team

Highly knowledgeable and skilled veterinarians and well-trained, qualified staff are ready for your pet and you.
Loading... Please wait