Chronic Pain Management
One of the most important determinants of a pet's quality of life is whether they are experiencing pain. Chronic pain is very prevelant in our companion animals, but is often unrecognized, untreated or undertreated. Many behavior changes associated with chronic pain are simply written off as "old age". Chronic pain and it's associated mobility challenges are a leading consideration in the decision to euthanize a pet, especially large breed dogs.
Our approach to pain management starts with identifying the sources, causes and degree of pain in your pet, initiating treatment and regularly assessing their response to treatment. Excellent chronic pain management often utilizes a number of different treatments, referred to as a mulitmodal approach. Our goal is to affect as many pain pathways as possible by addressing the "normal", or adaptive pain, as well as the maladaptive pain that can develop when there has been longstanding inadequately managed pain.
With a dedicated family and an effective pain management plan, many pets will experience an increase in their daily activity and a renewed interest in life!