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

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.