Pain Management at Suburban Animal Hospital
Preventing and managing pain in your pet is a top priority at Suburban Animal Hospital. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions, our team will help you develop a pain management plan tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
Watching for Pain in Your Pet
Animals instinctively hide their pain, so owners should know what to look for if their pet is experiencing pain. Common indicators include:
- Excessive licking or biting
- Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
- Loss of appetite
Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.
Dental Procedures and Pain Control
While dental cleanings are generally painless and fairly easy, other procedures (such as extractions) can be more difficult and potentially painful. In such cases, we control pain through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) are employed to keep pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet will experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.
Our pharmacy stocks a wide range of common pet pharmaceuticals, and our knowledgeable staff is available to discuss appropriate dosage and administration techniques. Suburban Animal Hospital provides convenient online pharmacy services so you can online refill requests and have them shipped directly to your home.