pain relief for dogs livonia mi

Conventional and Alternative Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats in Livonia, MI

Our pets can experience pain similar to how we experience it, and it can have a very serious effect on their quality of life. Pets that are in a lot of pain cannot function well and may develop other health problems as a result.

At our Livonia, MI, animal hospital, we believe that comprehensive pain management that is tailored to each pet’s needs is the best solution for any painful condition. Therefore, we offer not only conventional pain relief for dogs and cats in the form of oral and injectable medications; we also offer an alternative like laser therapy. Call us at (734) 464-6281 with any questions.

How to Know When Your Pet is in Pain

Dogs, cats, and virtually every other companion animal species will do their best to hide their pain. There are certain behaviors and symptoms you can look for to see if your pet is feeling pain. These may include:

  • Sleeping more often
  • Retreating/hiding
  • Lack of appetite
  • Cries, bares teeth, or snaps if touched
  • Trembling
  • Lameness
  • Reluctant to stand or walk
  • Will not jump up on things or jump down from a higher level
  • Licks or paws at themselves
  • Whimpering frequently

Managing Pain During & After Surgery

Keeping pain under control is crucial to helping pets recover successfully from their surgery. We do our best to minimize pain before, during, and after every procedure.

This may include the use of:

  • Laser surgery, which, unlike traditional scalpel surgery, results in less bleeding, less inflammation, and decreased pain.
  • Post-op laser therapy, which further reduces pain and swelling after your pet's surgical procedure.

Selecting a Treatment

We need to have in-depth knowledge of your pet's health and medical history in order to prescribe the appropriate medication for them. Certain medications can interfere with each other or be rendered ineffective if used incorrectly.

If your pet is not responding to medication or is difficult to medicate, we can try laser therapy. This therapy does not require drugs and is not invasive; it relies on the body’s own cells and healing abilities to treat various painful conditions.

If your pet seems painful or needs an alternative treatment plan for their condition, please call (734) 464-6281 to request an appointment so we can discuss your options.

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