Primary Care

Pain Management

At VCA Deer Creek Animal Hospital, we believe that pain management is one of the most important aspects of veterinary medicine. We are committed to keeping your pets’ pain minimized and to helping pet owners recognize the signs of their pets’ discomfort. Studies show that keeping pets free from pain improves the rate at which they recover from injury or illness.

VCA Deer Creek Animal Hospital’s veterinarians and staff follow the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA’s) pain protocol guidelines, which promote addressing and preventing pain before medical procedures and to monitor the pet’s condition following procedures so pain management can be adjusted as needed. As AAHA describes it:

“Incorporating pain management into the veterinary practice helps everyone. It benefits the patient through improved quality of life and reduced complications. It benefits clients through enhancement of the human–animal bond. It benefits the health care team through increased safety; improved morale, pride, and job satisfaction; and a less stressful environment. Contemporary approaches to pain management enable veterinarians to more effectively fulfill their responsibility to relieve animal suffering as pledged in the veterinarian’s oath.”

Integrative Approaches to Pain Management
In addition to providing pain medicines for pets, VCA Deer Creek uses multimodal pain management treatment options to curb the effect of pain on pets and to speed recovery, including:

  • Class IV laser therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Nutraceuticals—To include diet/nutrition, omega-3 fatty acids, and numerous supplements to improve joint fluid heath
  • Weight loss programs

In the home environment, there may be signs that a pet is in pain. You may note changes in your pet’s behavior that could be an indication he or she is experiencing pain. Some signs include:

  • Decreased activity and lethargy
  • Decrease appetite
  • Vocalization
  • Restlessness
  • Altered facial expressions
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Posture changes
  • Reaction to touch or being tense
  • In cats, decreased grooming or hiding

If you have questions regarding recognizing or managing pain in your pet, contact the compassionate staff and veterinarians of VCA Deer Creek Animal Hospital.