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- Knapp Veterinary Hospital - Columbus, Ohio
Please do NOT give any human medications (over the counter or prescription) to your pets unless directed by a veterinarian. These medications are metabolized differently between humans, dogs, cats, etc. While one medication is safe for us, it may cause damage to (or even kill) your pet. Even when the same medication is appropriate, the dose can vary greatly between species.
From routine procedures such as spaying and declawing; to more advanced procedures like orthopedic (bone) or foreign body surgery; and even including chronic, painful conditions such as arthritis or back pain - we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient. We will help you to recognize the signs of pain so that we can modify your pet's pain management as necessary.
Pain can not only affect your pet's appearance, but their body's physical function and state of mind. Pain can make your pet depressed, causing them to hide or not eat properly. It is very important that we take care of our patients on every level possible and that's why we want to use proper pain control when needed. Your pet may act like nothing is wrong because it's their instinct not to appear weak. Even little things, such as increased heart rate or a change in breathing patterns, can possibly be due to pain.
Causes of Pain
Pain can be caused by many things and will present in many different ways. Acute pain starts suddenly, but doesn't normally last very long. That kind of pain should subside once everything is healed . Chronic pain, however, can go on for weeks or even years and may need life long treatment. It tends to be more of a dull, lingering pain.
By knowing the cause of pain, the doctor is better able to prescribe the correct medication and/or other treatments needed.
Signs of Pain
Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is our goal and we will do all we can to ensure your pet's comfort, well being, and recovery. We have various types of medications and supplements as well as a therapy laser that we can use to help your pet remain comfortable.
If you notice any of these signs you should contact us for an exam. Unfortunately, we won't be able to tell you what's wrong without seeing your pet.
Laser therapy is a surgery free, drug free, non-invasive treatment used to reduce pain and inflammation as well as increase the speed of healing. We use a class IV laser (different than the carbon dioxide laser used in surgeries) that is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece to the affected area without harming any deep tissues.
Many of our patients receive therapy for arthritis, but we also use the laser for other things such as faster healing of wounds and post-surgical sites. Your pet may feel a gentle, soothing warmth and will be treated in a matter of minutes. The treatment may be done alone or along with other treatments to meet your pet's needs. Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition so time and cost will vary.
Benefits of Laser Therapy