Pain Management at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital
Identifying pain is a core function of our veterinary team, and we will respond quickly and effectively to your pet’s situation. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions (such as cancer or arthritis), we develop a pain management plan that is tailored to your pet’s individual needs. Pain control for potentially painful dental procedures (such as extractions) is achieved through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections are routinely employed to prevent pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet may experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.
Animals instinctively hide their pain, so owners should be aware of common symptoms that may signify pain or health problems in their pets. Such indicators include:
- Excessive licking or biting
- Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
- Loss of appetite
Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.