Pain Management

The Right Combination of Treatment

There are many pain receptors throughout the body that communicate pain to the brain; the focus is to determine the type of pain and the receptor that communicates with the brain. In many cases there are multiple sources of the pain and because of this it is agreed upon by experts, that pain management should be “multi-modal”, meaning…best results come when many different approaches are used concurrently. A common pain management plan will consist of supplements, medication, weight management, physical therapy, and laser therapy. The focus is to use the minimum effective dose of pain relievers for minimal side effects.

The Right Medications for Pets

Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital stresses the importance of consulting with one of our Doctors before attempting to treat from home. Our pet’s systems are not as forgiving as humans when it comes to pain relievers. While NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen, work well for us humans; they cause gastrointestinal irritation, ulcers, reduced blood flow to the kidneys and result in kidney damage in pets. Cats are particularly susceptible to painful toxicity with many pain medications.

There are several pain relievers approved for veterinary use. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers relieve pain and do so by altering the disease process. Straight pain relievers do nothing for the disease process, but they do help with pain. Different pain medications target different receptors, so the right combination of medications can do wonders for your pet. The proper dosing of these medications is crucial; as we’re dealing with pain medications, there is potential for drowsiness that can make a weak animal weaker and thus discourage mobility. Mobility is key to the treatment of pain.

Signs of pain include (but are not limited to):

  • Whimpering or vocalizing
  • Becoming quiet, withdrawn, and inactive
  • Showing uncharacteristic aggressiveness when approached (an attempt to protect themselves from further pain)
  • Holding the ears flat against the head
  • Increased licking of a painful/sensitive area
  • Decreased appetite
  • Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or play
  • Stiffness or limping

Let our team of experienced Doctors at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital provide the guidance you need to determine the safest approach to treating your pet’s pain. Through a proper pain management plan, we can have your pet back to living a happy, longer, pain-free life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As veterinarians we deal with a wide range of complicated issues in the course of our day-to-day work. If you don’t have all the answers, we might. We have some FAQ documents on a wide range of subjects for your pet. Whether you’re looking for answers to common questions or just curious, our FAQs could be the fastest route to the answers you need.

A puppy’s critical development period is 8 – 14 weeks, training is crucial during this period and is fine, given they’re at the appropriate level of vaccines. Puppies can meet other vaccinated puppies…we require all training participants to be at the appropriate stage of vaccination for their age.
They pose a variety of health and safety hazards. Without knowledge of the other dog’s backgrounds, it’s a risky situation at best. Other pet owners may not be aware of the risks…nor mindful of their pet.
Imagine not brushing your teeth for five years? Infection occurs when bacteria collects between the gums and teeth as they separate; it then enters the blood stream and sets up in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Absolutely, NOT! Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dogs are extremely sensitive to the gastrointestinal effects of NSAIDs, resulting in pain, bleeding, and ulceration.
Change in appetite, lethargy, low energy, aggressiveness, inappropriate elimination, and vocalization are all signs of an underlying issue. Though the symptoms began recently, the issue began well before the symptoms began to show.
Our wellness plans spread out the cost of services throughout the year…much easier on your wallet. Part of your savings includes no exam fee when you come for a visit.
It provides a baseline of values to reference the next time your pet needs treatment. It also detects early signs of cancer, infection and disease, and ensures organs are properly functioning.
On July 19, 2018, the U.S. FDA issued an alert regarding grain-free diets and a possible link to dilated cardiomyopathy (a decreased ability to pump blood); often resulting in congestive heart failure. The correlation of peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and potatoes is the focus of the investigation and if your pet is currently on a grain free diet, the FDA urges pet owners to consult their veterinarian.

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