Helping to alleviate pain in dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and birds

Hopkinton Animal Hospital
1325 Hopkinton Road, Hopkinton NH 03229

Pain Management for Dogs

Proper pain management in dogs is essential for several reasons:
  • Enhances quality of life – Alleviating pain allows dogs to enjoy a better quality of life, engaging in normal activities, eating, sleeping, and interacting comfortably with their environment and human companions.
  • Improves recovery – Effective pain relief promotes faster healing and recovery after surgeries, injuries, or medical procedures. Dogs that are in less pain are more likely to resume their regular behaviors and regain their health sooner.
  • Minimizes stress – Chronic pain can lead to stress, anxiety, and behavioral changes in dogs. Proper pain management helps reduce stress levels, allowing dogs to relax and heal more effectively.
Dogs may experience pain from various conditions or situations, including:
  • Surgical procedures – Pain resulting from spaying, neutering, soft tissue surgeries, orthopedic procedures, or wound care.
  • Dental disease – Pain caused by periodontal disease, tooth decay, oral infections, or dental extractions.
  • Orthopedic issues – Chronic pain arising from conditions like hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, or intervertebral disc disease.
  • Traumatic injuries – Pain resulting from accidents, falls, fractures, or muscle strains.
  • Chronic diseases – Pain associated with conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, pancreatitis, or autoimmune disorders.
Our approach to pain management in dogs

In addition to the therapies listed below, we also offer Synovetin OA®, a unique intra-joint injection that lasts up to a year and works well on a number of both pre-existing conditions and current arthritis conditions. Read more about Synovetin OA®, including FAQs, testimonials, and more at the Hopkinton Animal Hospital website.

Pain management in dogs involves a multi-faceted approach, tailored to the specific needs of each dog.

  • 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.

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