Whether we like to admit it or not, we all talk to our pets. Along with being our cuddle buddies, travel companions, workout partners and more, our furry friends are some of our best listeners. And while we technically speak a different language from our animal companions, the fact of the matter is that we usually almost always understand each other. However, for the times when we can’t exactly decipher what they are trying to say, this communication breakdown can prove unpleasant, especially when our pets are in pain.
Animals who are suffering from illness or injures often try to hide their discomfort, especially as they get older. But, as responsible pet owners, we can stay on top of this by remembering that we need to always be cognizant of any changes in our pets’ behaviors. If you notice anything off, or if you suspect your best friend is silently suffering, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so we can configure a plan to manage their pain.
There are a lot of long-term and short-term avenues for managing pain and helping our pets feel good. Our vets follow a protocol of pain identification, which focuses on the pain source, type of pain and severity of pain. These factors allow us to ultimately create a customized plan for each pet.
Often, these plans result in approaches which combine several forms of therapy, including physical modalities, medications, laser therapy, acupuncture, stretching, massage, heat and cold therapy and more. For animals who are suffering from weakness or restricted movement, we suggest physical rehab to help them become stronger and more active, eventually helping to minimize pain.
As far as pets who are experiencing long-term pain from chronic diseases, additional layers of medicine or other types of treatments may be necessary—it just all depends on the situation.
If your pet is in visible pain, or if their usual routine has been off, we encourage you to contact us at 407-833-8868 as soon as possible. With proper veterinary care, we can explore all avenues of treatment to help reduce or even eliminate pain for your furry friend.
At Integrative Animal Hospital of Central Florida, we live by our “Why”:
- To relieve pain and suffering.
- To expand the boundaries of traditional medicine.
- To not just think outside of the box, but to remove the box.