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Detroit Dover Animal Hospital Inc
27366 Detroit Rd
Westlake, OH 44145
|Pain Management |
Pets can often hide the fact that they are in pain. In the wild, animals that appear sick or injured are perceived to be more vulnerable to predators. There are different types of pain. Acute pain is a sudden onset of pain that is usually relates to an injury, surgery, inflammation or infection. It usually responds quickly to treatment and goes away completely when treatment is finished. Chronic pain is long-term pain. Common sources are age related disorders such as arthritis, but pain can be related to long term illnesses like cancer or bone diseases. It is slow to develop and therefore can be difficult to diagnose. Some pets may learn to cope with constant pain because it can gradually increase over years or an entire lifetime. It is important to you that your pet has the happiest and most comfortable life possible. We want them to have that too.
Your pet may be experiencing pain if you see any of these signs.
Symptoms of pain in Cats:
Meowing, Purring, Hissing, Growling
Withdraws from social interaction, Decreased appetite, Changes in sleeping or drinking, Fails to use the litter box, Urinates frequently, Won’t groom or grooms less, looks unkempt, Sleeps more
Licking, Biting, Scratching a particular part of its body
Restless ,Reluctant to move ,Has difficulty getting up from a laying position, Repetitively gets up and lies down, Limps ,Can’t leap as high ,Seeks more affection ,Avoids being petted or handled ,Hides
Generally lays with feet underneath, Arches back or tucks in abdomen
Grimaces, furrowed brow, vacant stare, Glazed, wide-eyed or looks sleepy, Enlarged pupils, Flattened ears, Pants when at rest
Protects a part of its body, Doesn’t put weight on a limb, Doesn’t want to be held or picked up
Especially a previously friendly cat
Acts out of character, Growls, hisses, bites, Pins ears back
Symptoms of pain in
Pain management is especially important as a part of surgical recovery. After invasive procedures pets may not only be in pain but, weak or disoriented. Once your pet is back at home it is most important to consistently follow your discharge instructions carefully. If pain medication is prescribed give it as directed. Limiting your pet’s activity will also help with their discomfort. If any problems arise contact us as soon as possible.
Serving the Western Cleveland communities and Northeast Ohio including: Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Lorain, North Ridgeville, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River, Westlake, Western Cleveland, and Northeast OH.
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