Pain is personal. Anyone who has ever experienced a throbbing, wracking headache while the rest of the world went about its business can attest to just how personal pain can be. In addition, it is only when we verbalize or otherwise indicate that we need assistance alleviating the pain that anyone will even consider coming to our aid. And so it is with managing pain in the dogs in our care. They too often suffer in silence.
You play a major role in this new effort to ease canine discomfort and pain, too! Not only must you learn to recognize the cues indicating pain or discomfort in your dog, but also be more proactive in your effort. Taking a posture that you will request pain-alleviating medications whenever your dog needs a major surgical procedure is one way of being an advocate for your dog. We need to be aggressive in dealing with the various types and causes of discomfort most dogs experience during their lifetimes.
Most dogs that are experiencing pain will change their behavior patterns. We will see them reluctantly climb stairs, observe them becoming more withdrawn and inactive, or notice them reacting negatively to being held or picked up. These subtle changes in behavior may be our only clue that the dog is hurting. Back pain is common in mature dogs and anyone who has witnessed an older dog struggle to arise or even refuse to stand after laying down knows the discomfort these arthritic dogs must endure. Look for these or other similar yet subtle behavioral changes, as they may be the only way your dog communicates a need for pain management assistance.
Here at Sarasota Veterinary Center, we want to help you recognize the symptoms of pain in your pets and work to relieve the suffering. We can offer your pet a multi-modal therapy that will work wonders for an ailing pet. Our clinic has top-of-the-line laser therapy equipment and surgery suites so you can have peace of mind that your pet will be well taken care of and monitored.