Keeping the pets of Ames pain-free and comfortable is a top priority at Somerset Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Rivers and her experienced team manage pain relief for surgical procedures and as well as chronic medical conditions. We aim for effective pet pain management in doses that won’t make your loved one overly sedated or groggy. By anticipating and identifying pain in your pet and using the most recent pain management techniques, you can rest assured your four-legged family member is as relaxed as possible.
How We Keep Your Pet Pain-Free
We utilize the most current technology to administer the best pet pain management for a variety of medical conditions, injuries and surgical procedures. We carefully take your pet’s vitals during any visit to our animal hospital. This step plays an important role in knowing how much medication to give them.
Advanced monitoring equipment during surgery also helps us keep track of vitals during any procedure. By keeping a close eye on things like your pet’s heart rate, blood-oxygen level and blood pressure, we know just how well anesthesia is working. Our expertise helps us anticipate how much pain your type and breed of pet may experience in order to give the appropriate medication.
Some of the pain management techniques we use include:
- Local anesthetics
- Dental blocks
- Post-operative pain medication
Clues Your Pet is in Pain
Dr. Rivers and the rest of the staff at Somerset Veterinary Hospital are experts at spotting the subtle clues pets give when they’re in pain. You can look out for clues as a loving pet owner, too.
Some of the signs your pet may be in pain include:
- Decreased energy level
- Decreased play behavior
- Decreased grooming behavior in cats
- Decreased social activity
- Changes in eating or drinking habits
- Changes in mood and temperament
- Restless behavior