Pain Management Strategies
Pain management is an important concern for many of our clients and their pets. It is difficult to see our loved ones struggle when faced with painful conditions such as arthritic joints, traumatic injuries, or post-procedural pain. Chronic pain, if left untreated, can lead to decreased mobility, withdrawal from everyday activities, and even depression. With proper management of our pet's discomfort, we can help them to remain active and happy members of the family. Today there are many options to choose from to address our pain control needs.
Common Supplements and Prescribed Medications for Pain Control:
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Fish oil containing EPA/DHA)
- Glucosamine Chondroitin (Dasuquin, Phycox)
- NSAIDs (Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox, Metacam)
- Controled Substances (Tramadol, Buprenorphine)
- Dermal Patches for extended release of analgesic medication
Injectable Options For Managing Joint Disease
Hyaluronic Acid injections into arthritic joints can help manage painful arthritis by providing lubrication and reduce joint inflammation. This noninvasive procedure can be done during an office visit and often times does not require sedation.
Injections of Adequan can be done conveniently at home by many owners and works to support healthy cartilage in the damaged or degenerative joint.
Options to Consider Beyond Pharmaceutical Intervention
We have several additional treatment options available at our hospital beyond pills, patches, and injections to manage the painful patient. Therapeutic laser has been shown to reduce inflammation and relax tight muscles as well as promote healing for many uncomfortable conditions that our pets face as they grow older. Canine rehabilitation programs that combine aqua therapy, laser, and massage can work to strengthen and exercise tired and stiff patients, allowing pain free mobility. Acupuncture therapy can stimulate the release of natural endorphins for pain relief, increase circulation, and reduce muscle spasms.
Every animal is unique and may respond differently to one type of therapy over another. That is why it is great to have such a variety of treatment choices available at Haven Lake Animal Hospital to consider when addressing the specific pain management needs of our patients.
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