Primary Care

Pain Management

Effective Pain Relief & Management for Your Pet

Even though your pet cannot converse with us, we know that he or she can feel pain. It has been shown over and over that leaving a pet in pain impairs the healing process and, even more important, is not humane. We give the highest priority to your pet's comfort and well-being. At Loomis Basin, our view is that letting any animal suffer discomfort is unnecessary.

The Effect of Pain on Your Pet

Pain can significantly affect your pet's attitude and activity level. Managing pain successfully results in making pets much happier as well as helping pets to heal after an injury or surgery. When a surgical procedure is scheduled, the veterinarians at Loomis Basin make sure that your pet is comfortable by administering medication before, during, and after the surgery. This has a great impact on the amount of discomfort your pet may experience throughout his or her recovery.

An example of effective pain management includes using medication as a tool to ensure that routine dental care is not painful for your pet. In addition, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication can be a key to greater mobility and less pain for a pet suffering from joint problems.

Pet Pain Relief Methods

We have many strategies for controlling pain, which can include:

  • Oral medications
  • Injections
  • Constant intravenous infusions
  • Nerve blocks
  • Regional analgesia
  • Sustained-release pain patches

All of these methods are taken into consideration for every pet, every time. Most pain relief methods are very safe and beneficial; however, some medications do have risks for some pets. Your pet's veterinarian will weigh the risks when indicated and be sure to discuss them with you.

Special Care for Senior Pets

Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic appreciates how important your pet companion becomes to you over the years. As pets age, arthritis may make them seem slower and less able to do the things they love. Pain relief may help. Pets can be helped by the use of ongoing medication to relieve pain, improve mobility, and ultimately make them happier and more content.

Some pets with joint stiffness do well with supplements, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, or Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, to promote ease of movement. Your pet's twice yearly wellness exams will provide the opportunity for you and your pet's veterinarian to discuss how your pet may incorporate special nutrition and exercise to minimize further discomfort and prolong vigorous participation in your family's life.