Pets that are in pain often experience higher stress rates, a slower recovery time for injuries, and an overall decreased level of well-being. Unfortunately, pets cannot tell their pet owners when they are in pain. Whether your animals have a medical condition that is causing them chronic pain, such as arthritis, or recently suffered from an injury, it is important to help them with pain management. Here at Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown, our veterinary team is committed to helping each pet get back on his or her paws with pain management treatments. Here are some signs and symptoms that indicate your pet may be in pain and how to distinguish between acute and chronic pain.
Signs and Symptoms of Pain in Animals
If you notice changes in your pets’ behavior or have any of the below symptoms, schedule a veterinary appointment as soon as possible so that your vet can examine, diagnose, and treat your furry animals. Some signs and symptoms that may indicate your animals are in pain include:
- Frequent whimpering, crying, whining, or meowing
- Excessive shaking
- Change in appetite and water consumption
- Unable to get comfortable, such as constantly changing positions
- Difficulty sleeping
- Seeking extra attention or becomes depressed
- Unusual aggressiveness
- Heavy panting
- Being unusually quiet
- Rapid heart rate
Two Types of Pain
Although the severity of the pain will vary with each pet, there are basically two types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain may occur suddenly, and is often the result of an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, the pain will go away on its own.
Chronic pain is the result of a long-term illness, disease, or injury. This type of pain is oftentimes difficult to recognize either because your pets does so well at hiding it or some people associate their animals’ pain as a normal part of the aging process.
Veterinary Treatment in Leonardtown
Whether it is acute or chronic, your furry friends’ pain must be dealt with because both can worsen overtime. There are several ways your veterinarian can help with pain management for your pets. The type of management will depend on the severity of pain, the cause of the pain, and your pet as an individual. Some ways our vet provides pain management may include prescription medications, supplements, nutritional recommendations, and therapy. It is important to schedule a veterinary appointment at the first sign your beloved animals may be in pain.
To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, contact Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown at (301) 475-7808. Our team is ready to help treat your companion animals with our pain management services.