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

Hopkinton Animal Hospital
1325 Hopkinton Road, Hopkinton NH 03229

Why is Pain Management Important in Veterinary Medicine?

Proper pain management is essential for several reasons:
  • Promotes comfort – Pain relief measures help animals feel more comfortable, enhancing their quality of life and allowing them to heal and recover more effectively.
  • Enhances recovery – Animals that experience pain may be less inclined to eat, exercise, or engage in normal activities. By effectively managing pain, we can promote faster healing and a quicker return to normal function.
  • Reduces stress – Chronic or severe pain can lead to increased stress levels in animals, which can have negative impacts on their physical and mental health. Adequate pain management helps minimize stress and anxiety, promoting a healthier overall state.
Animals can experience pain for various reasons (including but not limited to):
  • Post-surgical pain – Pain resulting from surgical procedures, such as spaying/neutering, orthopedic surgeries, or dental procedures.
  • Traumatic injuries – Pain caused by accidents, fractures, lacerations, or wounds.
  • Arthritis and degenerative joint diseases – Chronic pain resulting from joint inflammation, osteoarthritis, or age-related conditions.
  • Cancer-related pain – Discomfort associated with tumors, metastasis, or the side effects of cancer treatments.
  • Dental problems – Pain caused by dental diseases, tooth fractures, or periodontal issues.
Our approach to veterinary pain management employs a multimodal approach, combining different strategies to address pain effectively:
  • 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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