Pain Management Options for Pets That Are Hurting

Pet Pain Management Services at ZimmVet

Pain is a symptom of disease or injury; and much like humans, animals that are in pain do not thrive. Whether chronic or acute, pain places undo stress on the body and over time can impact a companion animals overall health. When observing a senior dog or cat limping, many pet owners pass it off as simply a condition of old age. The truth is, if your furred housemate is limping, he or she is in pain.

Dogs and cats do not show pain the same way that humans do, however. Dogs are very good at hiding their discomfort, and cats are masters of disguise. As a result, we must be aware of subtle changes in our pet’s behavior that might indicate they could be experiencing discomfort or pain and be in need of veterinary treatment.

How to tell if your dog is in pain: To help you determine if your family hound is in pain, visit the AAHA article Signs of Canine Pain.

How to tell if your cat is in pain: To help you determine if your kitty companion is in pain, the AAHA website offers a Signs of feline pain article.

Treatment Options

Pain management starts by determining the source of the pain. Even if the source of the pain seems obvious, as in cases of injury, your doctor needs to determine if the pain is coming from more than one source. This is accomplished through a thorough examination, which may include blood work and X-rays. Our skilled veterinarians will then recommend a treatment plan.

There are a variety of pain medications available to give your beloved pet some relief. Our doctors are committed to creating a pain management plan that will work for your pet. Medications come in a variety of forms, including pills, oral liquid, and transdermal (absorbed through the skin). We are dedicated to staying up-to-date on the latest advances in pain management. Some long-term medications will require periodic blood checks to monitor for side effects.

It is very important that you do not give your pet any medication without consulting your veterinarian. Certain human painkillers, including acetaminophen (found in Tylenol), or combinations of medications can be toxic to pets in very small doses.

Client Testimonials

Last Saturday was our first time there and our experience was a 5! Everyone was very informative and welcoming! Thank you!

— Carole Lefebvre

Bringing both of our dogs to be cared for, we are extremely pleased with the care they are receiving. Sadie, Willow and I thank you all.

— Sue Lenz

I really appreciated the way the doctors at the clinic cared for Diamond. Over fifteen years of love with my wonderful dog and the quality of regular care she received at the clinic made it possible. I was especially touched by the sympathy card I receive after sadly having to put her to sleep, it shows they really care.

— Darryl Anton

After recently moving to Minnesota we researched many veterinarian options and we chose the Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic. The staff was honest, thorough and genuinely caring. Their follow-up on our pets care was outstanding. Itís worth the trip for your petís care.

— The Connorsí Family - Rich & Amy Maximus, Petie, Buster, Bandit, Shadow, Kodibear & Sammy

We have taken our pets to the Zimmerman Vet Clinic for 20 years. Even when our visit was a sad one, we were treated with kindness and courtesy. The staff has always been professional and friendly. We highly recommend Zimmerman Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet.

— Bratsch

The staff at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic has taken care of my dogs since 1979. I am especially pleased with the care of my last companion/friend, Ruby Mae. She received the best care I could have expected. The staff gave her loving care and attention during her whole lifetime. I canít thank them enough for being there for support. I will continue to use them with my new friend, Baily Sue.

— Sincerely, Dale Cannon

We love Zimmerman Vet! They give the best care & have a wonderful staff!

— Laurie Gansen Cramer

Thank you all for being such amazing people & taking such great care of my little man Bentlee! You will never know how much I appreciate all your information, fast actions & the care you put forth to all animals that come to your office! Thanks Again!

— Dani George

Iíve had dogs all my life and this is by far the best place to take your pet for their veterinary needs!!! Great service from the entire staff, they really care about the wellness of your pet, and my Gauge gets a little extra TLC (he is a senior now).

— Bonni Placek Cook