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Main Street Veterinary Clinic Main Street Veterinary Clinic

(540) 951‑1002 Blacksburg, VA

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Managing Pain in Pets in Blacksburg, VA

One of our patients licking its lips

Nobody wants to see their pet in pain. Health issues that cause pain can negatively impact your pet’s quality of life. Main Street Veterinary Clinic puts heavy focus on pain management in pets to ensure you and your pet can live happy, healthy lives together.

Our pets cannot verbally tell us when they’re feeling bad, which is why we need to be observant to their behaviors and aware of any changes. Even a tiny alteration to a routine can indicate that something is amiss with your pet’s health. The following are often signs of pain in pets:

  • Loss of appetite or not eating as well
  • Difficulty rising
  • Panting, excessive licking of lips
  • Not walking as far as normal
  • Licking an area excessively
  • Limping

Depending on the patient and the source of the pain, we have a few different modalities we use to target problem areas and relieve symptoms. These include: pharmaceuticals, referral for physical therapy, or more significant prescription medications. No matter which modality we recommend, we will walk you through every step of the process.

Conditions that Require Pain Management

We provide pain management after any surgical procedure, which we feel is an important step in the recovery process.

Pain management can also benefit:

  • Dental issues
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Limited mobility for senior pets
  • Some illnesses (like pancreatitis)
  • Benign skin mass removal

Bringing your pet in for regular wellness exams provides an opportunity for your veterinarian to discuss any signs and symptoms of pain they may be experiencing. If a full physical exam doesn’t identify the cause we may perform diagnostics tests to get a better picture of what is going on with your pet.

Pets in pain require a little extra love and affection, and we are happy to bring it. If you think your pet could benefit from pain management, give us a call or request an appointment online.