Lakewood Animal Hospital

Veterinary Pain Management in Locust Grove, VA

As pet owners, we want our furry friends to live long and healthy lives. However, just like humans, animals can experience pain. Whether it's from an injury, illness, or old age, pain can greatly affect a pet's quality of life. That's why a strong understanding of veterinary pain management for dogs and cats is so important. We will discuss the different types of pain, signs, and symptoms to look out for, and effective pain management solutions for your beloved pets.

Pain Management at Lakewood Animal Hospital

Our approach to pain management involves using multiple types of pain medications that work in different ways. By doing this, we can effectively control and alleviate pain while also reducing the necessary dosage and lessening the likelihood of side effects typically associated with higher doses.

Types of Pain in Pets

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There are two main types of pain that animals can experience: acute and chronic.

  • Acute pain is sudden and usually caused by an injury or illness. It can be intense and short-lived, but if left untreated, it can turn into chronic pain.
  • Chronic pain, on the other hand, is ongoing and can last for weeks, months, or even years. It can be caused by conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or nerve damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Pain in Pets

Changes in Behavior

One of the most obvious signs of pain in pets is a change in behavior. If your pet is usually active and suddenly becomes lethargic or withdrawn, it could be a sign that they are in pain. They may also become more irritable or aggressive, especially when touched in the affected area. Keep an eye out for any changes in your pet's behavior and consult with us if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Decreased Appetite

Just like humans, pets may lose their appetite when they are in pain. If your pet is not eating as much as usual or refusing to eat altogether, it could be a sign that they are experiencing discomfort. It's important to monitor your pet's food and water intake and consult with us if you notice a significant decrease.

Changes in Grooming Habits

Cats in particular are known for their cleanliness, so if you notice a change in your pet's grooming habits, it could be a sign of pain. They may avoid grooming certain areas of their body or become less meticulous in their grooming routine. This could be a sign that they are experiencing pain in those areas and are trying to avoid further discomfort.

Limping or Difficulty Moving

If your pet is limping or having difficulty moving, it could be a sign of pain. This is especially common in older pets who may be experiencing joint pain or arthritis. Keep an eye out for any changes in your pet's mobility.


Some pets may vocalize when they are in pain, whether it's through whining, whimpering, or growling. This is their way of communicating their discomfort to us. If your pet is vocalizing more than usual, it's important to pay attention and consult with s to determine the cause.

Changes in Posture

Pets may also change their posture when they are in pain. They may hunch over or avoid putting weight on a certain limb. This is a clear sign that they are experiencing discomfort and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Diagnosing Pain in Pets

When you bring your pet to us, we will perform a physical examination to check for any signs of pain. This may include checking for any areas of tenderness or swelling, as well as assessing your pet's range of motion and mobility. We may also take X-rays or perform other diagnostic tests to get a better understanding of your pet's condition.

Pain Management Solutions for Pets

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There are various pain management solutions that we can use to help alleviate pain in animals.

  • Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to manage both acute and chronic pain.
  • Physical therapy can help improve mobility and reduce pain in animals with conditions such as arthritis.
  • In some cases, surgery may be necessary to address the underlying cause of the pain.

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We are conveniently located in the Marketplace at Lake of the Woods shopping center directly across from the Lake of the Woods front entrance in Locust Grove, VA.

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