Providing Relief for Pets in Pain
“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission—to be of service to them wherever they require it.” ~ Francis of Assisi
The team at Village Veterinary Medical Center is proactive in identifying and treating pet pain, from acute to chronic conditions. Our approach to pain management is deeply instilled in our general philosophy for proactive and compassionate care.
As your pet’s advocate, our job is to ensure no unnecessary discomfort or suffering. We will be certain to communicate to you if we feel your pet has a painful condition that needs to be addressed. We know your pet’s pain can be as stressful to you as it may be to them.
As an AAHA hospital, we include pain assessment in the health record of all patients. We offer the most up-to-date pain reduction modalities and will work with alternative treatment specialists to provide the newest and best care for our patients.
A Focus on Pet Pain Relief
Pain management has become an important issue in veterinary medicine, significant in improving the recovery process from illness, surgery, or injury. Research in people and pets has shown the positive effects of reducing pain on the overall healing process. Uncontrolled pain can lead to decreased quality of life and slower surgical recovery. Due to reduced stress and increased comfort, appropriate pain management may help your companion live a longer, happier, healthier life.
As a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, our professional team participates in promoting, enhancing, and advancing pain management in animals.
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Pain is not an option. If your pet is undergoing a potentially painful procedure or surgery, pain management is considered just as basic as oxygen and sterility. Pain management is included in our estimates, fees, and services. We will not perform surgery without pain management.
All patients receive an individualized pain management plan based upon their need, patient safety, and metabolic status. Our general anesthetic protocols are based upon recommendation by experts in veterinary anesthesiology. Several of our veterinarians are members of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Pain management is proactive. We don’t wait until pain is present to treat, but we recognize procedures that cause pain and take pre-emptive steps to block or control the pain. A simple analogy is when you go to the dentist for a cavity filling: They give the numbing pain injection BEFORE they start drilling, not after! We also use local anesthesia, or nerve blocks, at surgical sites or before dental extractions to prevent pain wind up.
Our pain management is multi-modal, meaning we balance pain control drugs from different categories to work together to control pain. Many drugs work synergistically, thus lowering your pet’s need for each product and minimizing side effects, such as sedation or lack of appetite.
We use advanced pain management techniques including epidurals, local nerve blocks, constant rate infusions, and pain patches. We also consider adjunctive therapies such as acupuncture, physical therapy, stem cell therapy, cold laser therapy, and Itherm.
Not all pain is the same and different types of pain must be treated appropriately. Acute pain refers to sudden pain resulting from an injury, surgery, inflammation, or infection; this type of pain is usually temporary and relief is achieved with treatment. Chronic pain is long-lasting and usually slow to develop. Chronic pain often results from age-related disorders, such as arthritis, or can be caused by illnesses such as cancer or bone disease. Treatment for chronic pain requires a plan that may include medications, therapeutic techniques, and even surgical procedures.
Any type of pain in pets is difficult for owners too, suffering along with their companions and desperate to provide comfort and relief. Our veterinarians use every resource to detect and treat all types of pain in companion animals with an approach that is aggressive and humane.
Treatment Therapies for Pet Pain
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative treatment for pets, especially those suffering from degenerative joint disease or arthritis. Stem cell technology enables veterinarians to extract adult adipose derived stem cells from a pet’s own body fat, virtually eliminating the risk of rejection or negative reaction.
Once implanted, stem cells have the ability to stimulate regeneration, reduce pain and inflammation, and assist in the repair of damaged tissue. This therapy is used to relieve pain and increase range of motion in pets suffering with joint pain, arthritis, tendon and ligament damage, hip dysplasia, and cartilage damage.
Watch this video to learn more about pet stem cell therapy.
Cold laser therapy reduces inflammation and is effective in treating acute pain such as back injuries or cruciate ligament tears, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Treatments are safe, painless, and fast.
Treatments to deeper tissues are administered in five to ten minutes and even chronic patients exhibit improvement in just a few treatment sessions. Treatments initiate a healing process, reducing inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.
Read more about Laser Therapy and Your Pet.
Pet Pain Management Resources
Learn to tell when your dog or cat is in pain. Animals tend to hide pain as a protective mechanism, so it’s important to learn the signs that they’re hurting. AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) worked together to create the AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats to help pet owners and veterinarians help our four-legged friends. This article shows owners how to help their hurting pets.
“The entire staff truly cares about the health and quality of life of their client’s pets... and the awareness of the feelings of the pet owner. In this day of awful or non-existent “customer service,” this Clinic proves daily that care and compassion can come naturally. One could not ask for more... ”
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“The caliber of the medical staff is exceptional. Even going beyond the education and the experience of the staff is their philosophy of superior patient care. The staff treats our pets as they would their own.”
“I have complete confidence in the judgment of the veterinarians. They have gotten to know me and my feelings are considered when treatment options are presented with the final decision being mine.”