One of the most difficult areas of animal healthcare is pain management. Our pets are unable to describe to us the location or degree of pain they are feeling. In fact, due to ancestral traits, our pets will hide their pain from us because of the predator/prey instinct they possess. As a pet owner, you will have to watch for identifiable clues or changes in your pet’s mood or behavior. Some signs of pain can include lack of appetite, social withdrawal, whimpering, limping, and in some extreme cases: aggression. Fortunately, the veterinarians at St. Francis Hospital for Animals are well-versed in recognizing the signs and symptoms of pain.
Whether your pet suffers from a chronic pain condition or illness, or if the condition is temporary like an injury, or from a surgical procedure, adequately managing pain reduces emotional stress, which in turn, helps to promote healing. Our veterinarians at St. Francis Hospital for Animals will work with you and will develop an individualized plan for managing pain in your pet.
From routine procedures (such as spays or dental cleanings) to more advanced medical treatments (such as bone surgeries) to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient. We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary.
At St. Francis Hospital for Animals, recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is at the very heart of our quality, compassionate patient care. We don’t take pain management for granted and will employ all our skills to help ensure your pet’s comfort, well-being, and full recovery.
If you live in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area of North Carolina, and you think your pet may be experiencing pain, please give us a call today.