Pain Management

Pain is a significant factor that affects quality of life. Managing pain is key to your pet’s health and happiness.

Pain is the brain’s perception of an unwanted stimulus. Although it is hurtful, it plays an important role it lets us know something is wrong. And because your pet cannot communicate when they are in pain, it is the pet parent’s responsibility to be aware of pain symptoms and seek veterinary help when something is wrong.

If you notice several of the following signs, or one or two of these signs to an extreme degree, it may be time to seek help for your pet:

  • Hiding from attention
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Whining or crying
  • Diarrhea
  • Seeking more affection than usual
  • Inability to defecate
  • Changes to mobility
  • Inability to get comfortablerestlessness
  • Changes to eating patterns/loss of appetite
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Body language that displays discomfort such as flattened ears or tail between the legs

Of course, although pain is important, it is unwanted. In particular, chronic pain, or pain that is associated with a chronic condition such as cancer or arthritis, must be managed long-term to reduce suffering.

Some ways that we are able to manage pain in our patients include:

Medication for severe or chronic pain, prescribed by a veterinarian is often the best and easiest option. Remember to never give your pet pain medication that has not been prescribed to them this is highly dangerous, especially human medication, which could be deadly to them.

Supplements can help to manage pain in a more natural and holistic way. Ask your veterinarian if this could be an option for your pet.

Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment for pain that also aids in healing. After only one session, you will be able to see a decrease in your pet’s symptoms, in most cases. Depending on the severity of the pain, the doctor may recommend several sessions.

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We are aware of Texas Governor Abbot's announcement to rescind the mask mandate effective 10 March 2021. For the safety of our clients and team, our hospital will continue to follow CDC Guidelines: masks required and practice social distancing.

As a reminder, here's what you can expect when visiting us for an appointment:

  • • When you arrive in the parking lot, please call 214-726-0838, followed by option 2. This will allow you to check-in for your appointment.
  • • As soon as we have a fully disinfected exam room available, one of our team members will come to get you and your pet.
  • • Please note we are only allowing one client in each exam room. If you have children with you, we kindly request you remain in your car, and we will perform your appointment via car-side service.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and support. Together we can minimize exposure and keep everyone we love safe.

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The Team at Highlands-Eldorado Veterinary Hospital