Pain Management

If you suspect your pet may be in pain, you should bring them in to see the doctors at Apollo Animal Hospital for an examination. Pain is a subjective, not objective symptom of a problem and it takes a skilled eye and observative mind to identify exactly what is going on with your pet. Animals have a natural instinct to hide pain due to a trait to keep predators from getting near them. Some signs of pain are:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Whimpering
  • Limping
  • Sleepiness
  • Aggressiveness

Pain can be classified in two ways: acute and chronic. Acute pain is usually due to an injury, trauma or surgery. Higher doses of pain medication and even sedation is given to help the pet heal peacefully and fully. Chronic pain is usually due to arthritis, illness, degenerative joint disease and possibly orthopedic issues that are unable to be helped with surgery. In cases such as these, low doses of pain medication are usually given to give a good quality of life to your pet.