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Minimizing and Eliminating Pain is Our Goal!

Preventing and managing pain in your pet is a top priority at Suburban Animal Hospital. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions, our team will help you develop a pain management plan that is tailored to your pet’s individual needs.

Dental Procedures and Pain Control

While dental cleanings are generally painless and fairly easy, other procedures (such as extractions) can be more difficult and potentially painful. In such cases, we control pain through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) are employed to keep pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet will experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.

Pet Pain: What to Look For

Animals instinctively hide their pain, so you should know what to look for in case your pet is experiencing discomfort. Common indicators include:

  • Excessive licking or biting
  • Lethargy
  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panting
  • Reluctance to move or jump
  • Hiding
  • Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues

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Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.

Our Pharmacy

Our pharmacy stocks a range of common pet pharmaceuticals, and our staff is available to discuss appropriate dosage and administration techniques. Suburban Animal Hospital also provides online prescription refills for your convenience.

On the Web

The Pet Health Center of WebMD offers a guide to pain medications for:

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine offers this advice for treating pain in your dog.

The American Animal Hospital Association offers these pain management guidelines for dogs and cats.

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