Conventional and Alternative Pain Relief for Dogs and Cats
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 Levan Road Veterinary 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 alternatives like laser therapy and acupuncture.
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
- Lack of appetite
- Cries, bares teeth, or snaps if touched
- 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 and 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 acupuncture and/or laser therapy. These therapies do not require drugs and are not invasive; they rely 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.
We have been bringing our pets here since the 1970's and would never think of going anywhere else. The staff is so compassionate and caring for both the animals and their families.
Wonderful staff! Excellent service all the way around! Most of all our Murray loves going there! Highly recommended!
Levan Road Veterinary Hospital has the area's best vets and staff around (the Livonia area). I would highly recommend this practice to my friends and anyone else who needs a caring staff for their beloved pets
Dr. Fleming and the staff are SO Wonderful. Such caring and compassionate. We had to put our beloved fur-baby to sleep and they stayed open late so our family could come say good-bye.
I have been taking my dogs to Levan Vet for 19 years now. The staff is very caring and friendly. It is obvious how much they care about the animals they are treating.