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Why Pain Management

Because our pets may communicate their pain to us in subtle ways, observing and examining your pet in the security of their own home can be a helpful tool. Anxious or excited dogs are very adept at hiding their symptoms in a new place, such as a veterinary clinic exam room, and cats especially are prone to freezing in place when stressed or afraid. Being able to watch your pet move about freely in their environment can give us a better idea about their mobility and comfort level. Some sources of pain may not be immediately obvious. An in-home physical examination gives us more information about the origin of your pet’s discomfort and helps guide our decisions about diagnostics and medications to relieve pain.

Our Process

When you book a home visit, a BetterVet veterinary doctor and veterinary technician will arrive at your home ready to discuss, observe, and examine your pet in her comfort zone. Many modalities exist for diagnosing and managing pain in our pets. Your BetterVet veterinary team is available to guide you through your options and help keep your pup or cat happy and pain-free. We may also recommend diagnostic testing if we have concerns about the cause of your pet’s pain and/or refer your pet to other board-certified specialists when necessary. Please note that prescription medication, diagnostic testing, and consultation with other specialists will incur additional costs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do vets give for pain?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common class of prescription medication used to treat mild to moderate pain and discomfort in pets. Our veterinarians can also discuss with you any other options for more severe pain.
What are some signs my dog or cat is in pain?
Signs of pain to look for in dogs include panting, whining, favoring their leg(s), loss of appetite, hiding, and more. Signs that your cat may be in pain include fatigue, hissing, reluctance to move or be pet, and hiding, among others.
What can I give my dog to relieve their pain?

Speak to your veterinarian about whether prescription medication may be needed to control your pet’s pain.

How can I relieve my cat’s pain?
Similar to dogs, we will look at the big picture of your cat’s health and make recommendations to manage their pain. This could include prescription medication, diet and lifestyle changes, and referrals to other specialists when needed.
How do you manage pet pain?
Our veterinarians will consider your pet’s history and make recommendations to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. These could include prescription medication and lifestyle changes. If your pet is in chronic pain and you are concerned about their quality of life, this is something we can discuss together during your home visit.
What are some side effects of pet pain medication?
Your veterinarian will recommend a medication that has the most benefit for your pet. Side effects of common pain medications are usually mild but may include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to reach out to your veterinarian.

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