Callahan Drive Animal Hospital Offer Pain Management For Pets
Sometimes, animals suffer from painful conditions that impact their ability to move comfortably or enjoy a good quality of life. Your veterinarian can offer several options for pain management, to help your pet be more comfortable.
At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we can help pets that are dealing with painful health issues.
When Are Pain Management Measures Needed?
Animals can experience several conditions that cause ongoing pain that can be helped by veterinary treatment. Osteoarthritis is common in older animals, due to normal wear and tear on the joints that occurs throughout life. An animal may experience an accident that requires pain medication during the healing process. Pets may also need pain reduction after surgical procedures. Other health problems may also cause chronic pain that requires pain management measures.
Medications To Reduce Discomfort
Veterinarians used a variety of drugs to reduce pain in animals. These medications have been specially formulated for animals and have been carefully tested. Your vet may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid drugs or opioid drugs for ongoing pain. In some cases, the vet may administer the drug through an injection. In other cases, oral medications are used. Cats have special issues with pain medications and cannot take many of the pain-relieving drugs used in veterinary care. The vet must use only approved medications for felines.
Cold Laser Therapy for Pain Management
Laser light is often used in surgery to create precise incisions that heal more quickly. At low levels of frequency, this light can be used to stimulate biochemical processes deep within the skin tissues. This “photobiomodulation” increases blood flow to hasten healing, as well as releasing endorphins that help to moderate pain. Generally, several sessions are scheduled to maximize the effects of laser therapy. The vet will determine the schedule according to your pet’s individual needs.
Make Callahan Drive Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Knoxville
Dr. Hilla and the team at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital use their knowledge and experience to help their patients in Knoxville, TN, and nearby communities enjoy better health throughout life. We provide many veterinary services, including vaccinations, surgery, diagnostics, dental care, laser therapy, and boarding. We also treat ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets, and reptiles. Call Callahan Drive Animal Hospital today at (865) 938-0243 for an appointment to learn about options for pain management to keep your pet more comfortable.