Pain Management for Cats
Pain management plays a vital role in veterinary medicine for cats
- Improves quality of life – Alleviating pain enhances a cat’s overall well-being, enabling them to engage in their daily activities, eat, groom, and interact comfortably with their environment.
- Enhances healing and recovery – Effective pain relief promotes faster healing and recovery after surgeries, injuries, or medical procedures. Cats in less pain are more likely to resume normal behaviors and regain their health sooner.
- Reduces stress – Chronic pain can lead to stress and anxiety in cats, negatively impacting their physical and mental health. Adequate pain management helps reduce stress levels, allowing cats to relax and heal more effectively.
Common sources of pain in cats:
- Surgical procedures – Pain resulting from spaying, neutering, soft tissue surgeries, or orthopedic procedures.
- Arthritis and join disease – Chronic pain arising from degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, or intervertebral disc disease.
- Traumatic injuries – Pain resulting from accidents, falls, fractures, or wounds.
- Chronic diseases – Pain associated with conditions like kidney disease, cancer, pancreatitis, or urinary tract disorders.
Our approach to pain management in cats
In addition to the therapies listed below, we also offer Solensia, a unique monthly injection that neutralizes Nerve Growth Factor, a key player in arthritis in cats, and reduces pain. Read more about Solensia here.
General feline pain management requires a tailored approach, considering the unique physiology and behaviors of cats. Cats cannot be given many of the medications that are available for other species.
- Medications – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, local anesthetics, and other analgesics are used to alleviate pain in animals. These medications are administered based on the individual’s condition, species, and age.
- Alternative therapies – Our primary alternative therapy is laser therapy and pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF).
- Nutritional management – Specialized diets or nutritional supplements containing joint-supportive ingredients can aid in managing pain associated with arthritis or joint diseases. In overweight pets, weight reduction can significantly decrease pain.
- Environmental modifications – Creating a comfortable and safe environment for animals with appropriate bedding, temperature control, and easy access to resources, can minimize pain and discomfort.
- Physical rehabilitation – Therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, and other physical rehabilitation techniques can help manage pain, improve mobility, and enhance the overall well-being of animals.