Pets in Pain

When faced with the fear of being injured or sick, our major concern is how much it’s going to hurt. When confronted with a medical procedure we must endure, likewise, we stress over the pain. We seem to feel even more anxious when a family member, and that includes a pet, is faced with a potential painful event. This anxiety is associated with our inability to control the situation, knowing that a loved one might suffer, feeling helpless.

Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. As a pet owner, you can take control of your pet’s comfort when he or she is faced with surgery or is in the hospital being treated for an illness. You can even be in control when he or she is affected with a chronic disease such as osteoarthritis or cancer. To obtain this control, you must educate yourself. That is, your must learn what pain is and how to fight it. There are multiple therapeutic options to combat and control pain such as epidural injections, NSAID’s and other narcotics. With help, you can be actively involved in the “pain management plan” for your four-legged family member.

For more information, contact Colvin Run Veterinarian Clinic at 703-759-4500

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