Mission Road Animal Clinic

Pain Management

Nobody wants to see an animal in pain, especially if they are a beloved member of our family. At Mission Road Animal Clinic, we fight to maintain the best quality of life possible for your pet which includes minimizing, if not eliminating, acute or chronic pain.

Acute Pain Management

Unfortunately, when our animals aren't feeling like themselves they can't tell us what is bothering them. Acute pain is a sudden, often sharp, onset of an uncomfortable sensation anywhere in the body. Unlike chronic pain, acute pain can catch you and your pet off guard. You could see a change in their behavior when they start to experience any pain. Signs that they are uncomfortable may include:

  • Sudden lack of mobility
  • Increase in vocalization when moving or affected area is touched
  • Excessive licking or biting of affected area
  • Lethargy
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Increase in grooming
  • Restlessness or pacing

If you notice any strange behavior or develop any concerns regarding your pet's wellness or immediate safety, we urge you not to hesitate in contacting us right away. We take animal discomfort very seriously as being in pain can have various negative effects on your pet's physical and mental health.

Chronic Pain Management

Unlike acute pain, once chronic pain shows up it tends to stick around. Think more of a consistent dull aching or ongoing discomfort that is always in the background. If your pet seems a little off and you notice them "settle in" to this new version of themselves, it could be an indication that they are suffering from a form of chronic pain. Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Your pet is less active or seems to be slowing down
  • Limping that does not resolve
  • Stiffness in movement or motion
  • Less willing to jump, climb stairs, run, or partake in other movements that require optimal joint and bone condition

While it can seem daunting, there are various ways we can treat both acute and chronic pain! Once we figure out the cause of discomfort, we will immediately begin forming a treatment plan, meaning your pet will feel better, sooner!