At Alexander Animal Hospital, we understand that your pet is part of the family. When they're in pain, you're in pain. That's why we're dedicated to providing the best possible care for your furry friend. Many conditions could cause pain, so it’s always best to get to the root of the problem. Here are five tips for pain management in pets from a professional vet.
Know the Signs of Pain
Like humans, animals can exhibit physical and behavioral signs when in pain. These can include panting, restlessness, crying or whimpering, aggression, loss of appetite, and lethargy. If you notice these signs in your pet, you must bring them to the veterinarian at our animal hospital as soon as possible for comprehensive pet care.
Keep Them Comfortable
When your pet is in pain, it's essential to ensure they're as comfortable as possible. This comfort requires keeping them warm, providing a soft bed or cushion to lie on, and ensuring they have access to food and water. In addition, if your pet is having trouble moving around, you may need to help them with activities like going to the bathroom or getting up on the couch.
Avoid Giving Them Human Medication
It's tempting to give your over-the-counter pet medication, like Ibuprofen or Tylenol, when they're in pain. Still, it's important not to do this without first consulting with a veterinary specialist. Medication safe for humans can be dangerous or even deadly for animals. So always follow the dosage instructions provided by your vet.
Try Natural Remedies
In addition to traditional medication, several natural remedies can help your pet find relief from pain. These include supplements like omega-3 fatty acids and CBD oil, as well as acupuncture and massage therapy. Talk to your veterinary specialist about which pet care options might suit your pet's needs.
Think Beyond the Obvious Causes of Pain
Some conditions that cause pain may not become immediately apparent. For example, arthritis is a common source of pain in older dogs and cats, but can often be confused with simple stiffness or soreness from exercise. Do you think your pet may be in pain but unsure why? It's best to err on the side of caution and bring them in for an examination by a qualified veterinarian.
Make an Appointment for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pain Management
At Alexander Animal Hospital, our vet understands how difficult it can be to see your pet in pain. We hope these tips will help you provide some relief for your furry friend until they can see one of our skilled veterinarians at our animal hospital locations in Durham, NC. Call us today at (919) 484-9900 to schedule your first appointment.