Pain Management for Pets

Do you know the signs of animal pain? If your answer is no; you should continue reading. Most often, animals exhibit pain or discomfort by showing behavioral changes. Behavioral changes are the most obvious sign that your pet may be in some distress.

Some signs of discomfort in animals are:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Increased whining
  • Trembling
  • Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Aggression
  • Not eating
  • Avoidance

Use caution when your pet is in pain

Considerations on grooming

Even the most loving animal can lash out when in pain, so make sure to use caution if you suspect your pet may be in some discomfort. Grooming pets with chronic pain like arthritis, sore joints, and other pain issues may make the grooming procedure difficult, especially if they are not on any medications. The comfort of your pets should always come first. Pain is not limited to senior pets; often, younger pets can exhibit pain, especially those who have had past injuries or genetic issues like hip dysplasia—allowing your pet to rest and lay down during the groom whenever possible is best. Not every part of the grooming process requires a pet to stand. Usually, with these pets, it is suggested to do a one-length trim all over rather than a breed-specific trim.

Breed pattern trims require a dog to stand longer to be sure the lines for the pattern are even on both sides. Doing one length all over is putting humanity before vanity. Also, keeping the nails trimmed and short can help alleviate joint and muscle pain. Long nails can expand the toes, causing a change in your dog’s gait. This can lead to joint problems and pain. Think of it when you are wearing two different shoes with varied sole thickness. If you are aware of your pet’s pain history, it might be best to bring your older pups in for a morning grooming appointment to get them in and out as quickly and safely as possible. So, they can get back home to enjoy the laid-back dog life.

 Medications are not the only solution

While your pet may need some form of medication, there are other avenues such as VOM, laser therapy, physical therapy, and weight management. Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that have fallen out of communication and re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing.

Veterinary Hospital for Pet Pain Management

You see your pet more often than we do at the vet’s office. If you are noticing any of those mentioned painful signs above, call us. We are always here to help. As part of a routine visit, we will check for any indications of discomfort. There are some easy ways to minimize pain. As a pet parent, it is your responsibility to keep an eye on your pets’ Dental Hygiene and weight as this may also be an underlying cause of pain. Proper nutrition and exercise go a long way. If you think your pet may be in pain, give us a call at 215-638-1595 to schedule a nose-to-tail physical exam at World of Animals’ at Bensalem to determine the best treatment for your furry loved one.


By Effie Golden
Surgical Nurse
World of Animals at Bensalem