Pain Management

At Liberty Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing a high standard of care to your loved ones. This includes a proper pain management protocol to ensure that your pets feel as comfortable as possible whether they are under your watch or ours.
Pain is an unpleasant localized or generalized sensation that causes physical discomfort and emotional distress.

10 signs that may indicate that your pet is in pain

If you notice one or many of these symptoms, your pet might be in pain:

  • Yelping
  • Whining
  • Excessive panting
  • Abnormally calm
  • Restlessness, abnormal posture
  • Pacing
  • Hiding
  • Slow to eat
  • Limping
  • Abnormally fearful

What to do if you think your pet might be in pain?

Call us! We would like to get your pet in to see a doctor as soon as possible so that we may assist you in making your pet feel more comfortable. Our pain management is based on a multimodal approach using different families of pain medicine to accomplish successful pain relief.

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are a family of drugs that interfere with transmitting the pain signal to the brain. If the brain does not receive and process the painful information (stimulus) then pain is not registered. These drugs are similar to Ibuprofen in people. Some of these drugs include Deramaxx, Rimadyl, or Carprofen.

Steroids regroup another family of drugs that can be used for various conditions including to treat pain. Steroids such as Prednisone or Prednisolone can be used for pain. An example of an injectable form of a steroid is Dexamethasone.

Tramadol is a semi-opioid that may be used as an adjunctive treatment for post-operative pain and chronic pain. Some examples of injectable opioids are Morphine and Hydromorphone.

Buprenorphine is a semi-opioid, used for mild to moderate pain in small animals.

Pet Pain Management