Unfortunately, our patients can’t tell us what hurts. That can make pain management for pets difficult at times. As a result, we take every precaution to ensure your pet is as comfortable and as pain-free as possible.
There are two main types of pain that we manage in our patients. The first is pain related to surgical procedures. We use many of the same techniques and protocols used in human medicine to ensure that your pet has the most pain-free surgical procedure possible. That includes things like epidurals and nerve blocks for specific types of surgeries or dental procedures.
The second type of pain is pain related to chronic conditions. We most commonly see chronic pain and discomfort in relation to arthritis. This type of pain can be difficult to identify as the changes are often slow and small but build up over months and years. Furthermore, it can be easy to attribute these changes to the normal aging process for your pet. But this pain can still be managed! While long term use of pain management drugs can carry their own risks it is generally more than worth the improvement in overall quality of life. Parkside is also able to provide cutting edge techniques like laser therapy to provide a noninvasive pain management option. The Parkside team can help you understand your options and help you decide what is best for you and your pet.
Furthermore, high-quality pain management protocols are an important part of the accreditation process by the American Animal Hospital Association. The rigorous and voluntary AAHA accreditation is one of the many factors that sets us apart from other vet clinics in the Aurora area. Find out more about AAHA and our veterinary clinic’s accreditation.
Pain management is a critical part of quality veterinary medicine. However, at Parkside we also see high-quality pain management as an opportunity to practice compassion for our patients as part of our veterinary clinic’s core values. Because our patients can’t tell us where and when it hurts we have to make the extra effort to try and understand their pain.
We look forward to working with you to give your pet the happiest, healthiest and most pain-free life possible. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online.