One of the hardest symptoms for doctors to treat is pain. Fortunately Dogwood Animal Hospital’s veterinarians are well-equipped and extensively experienced to recognize the signs of pain and the appropriate treatment for pain. Animals are predominantly reclusive when they are suffering from pain due to the fact that showing pain in the wild is the same as becoming the main target for predators. Some signs to watch for in your animal if you suspect they are in pain include:
• Decreased appetite
• Whining or whimpering
• Inability to rest or stay still
Typically pain is divided into 2 categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is a sudden onset of pain that is usually brought on by injury or trauma. Our staff can treat this type of pain through medication, surgery and rehabilitation exercises. Chronic pain is usually attributed to lengthy illness, joint disease, degenerative nerve and bone disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and recovery from surgery. Chronic pain is treated through medication, surgery, rehabilitation and a variety of other techniques. If you suspect that your pet is needlessly suffering from pain issues, call Dogwood Animal Hospital for an examination and a consultation on the appropriate treatments available.