Our team at Derry Animal Hospital cares about your pet as if they were our own.
It’s our goal to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible, and we can offer cat and dog pain relief for pets in Londonderry, NH. Pets feel pain just like we do, except unlike us, they can’t communicate when they are feeling any pain or discomfort. In fact, they’re more likely to mask any symptoms of pain which makes diagnosing and treating any type of pain more difficult. Fortunately, we can help educate pet owners on what to look for and offer effective pain management for your companion.
Symptoms of Pain or Discomfort in Pets
Pets are masters at hiding any signs of pain, so it’s not always obvious if they’re uncomfortable. The following symptoms or behaviors may indicate your pet is hurting and requires veterinary attention:
- Frequent licking or chewing one part of the body
- Whining, whimpering, howling or repetitively meowing
- Extra affectionate
- Acting unusual (more quiet/restless; aggressive/submissive, etc.)
- Difficulty sleeping or eating
- Flattened ears
- Hesitant to move
Common Types of Pain in Pets
As an experienced veterinarian in Derry, NH, we usually see acute and chronic pain in pets. Our team can help you recognize the symptoms of pet pain and provide prompt treatment to manage your pet’s symptoms and improve their overall well-being.
Acute pain may occur due to an injury, surgery, inflammation, or infection. Because it has a treatable cause, acute pain can be relieved when the cause is treated or healed. This means that acute pain is usually temporary. Despite this, acute pain can still cause a lot of discomfort for pets and potentially restrict their mobility.
Chronic pain is most often caused by age-related disorders or conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or bone disease. It can last for an extended amount of time including years or even the entire lifetime of a pet. Chronic pain develops gradually, which makes diagnosis and treatment more difficult to provide, because pets may acquire a tolerance to the pain.