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Keeping Your Pet Pain-Free

Preventing and managing pain in your pet is a top priority at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions, our team will help you develop a pain management plan that is tailored to your pet’s individual needs.

Dental Procedures and Pain Control

While dental cleanings are generally painless and fairly easy, other procedures, such as extractions, can be more difficult and potentially painful. In such cases, we control your pet’s pain through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) are routinely employed to stop pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet may experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.

Watching for Pain in Your Pet

Animals instinctively hide their pain, so owners should know what to look for in case their pet is experiencing pain. Common indicators include:

  • Excessive licking or biting
  • Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
  • Lethargy
  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panting
Kitty in Pain

Doggy in Pain

Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.

Our Pharmacy

Our pharmacy stocks a wide range of common pet pharmaceuticals, and our knowledgeable staff is available to discuss appropriate dosage and administration techniques. The Animal Hospital of Pittsford also provides convenient online pharmacy services so you can online refill requests and have them shipped directly to your home.

On the Web

The Pet Health Center of WebMD offers a guide to pain medications for:

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine offers this advice for treating pain in your dog.

The American Animal Hospital Association offers these pain management guidelines for dogs and cats.

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