Pain Management

Pets tell us they are painful in subtle ways.  Rarely will a pet cry, whine, or complain because they’re painful or uncomfortable.  Instead, they’ll
  • limp
  • move stiffly
  • avoid or be less willing to go on a walk
  • stop walking before they’ve reached home
  • be slow to get up after resting
  • avoid or be slow when using the stairs
  • keep to themselves
  • flinch away from or avoid being touched in a particular area or overall
  • change their normal routine 
  • lick a particular area of the body
  • pant
  • show restlessness

Whether caused by organ disease, muscular/skeletal discomfort, or cancer pain, we are here to help relieve all types of pain in your pet.  In all cases, based on our experience and the type of pain or discomfort your pet is feeling, we will tailor all medications and therapies to your pet’s needs.

We also do our best to minimize any pain or discomfort your pet would feel when we perform a procedure or surgery.  When your pet comes to our hospital for surgery, we administer medication for pain management even before the surgery is begun.  Any necessary pain medication is administered during the procedure and after the procedure via injection.  Then depending on the procedure being performed, your pet may spend the evening receiving fluids containing pain medication overnight.  We will carefully assess your pet’s level of discomfort while at the hospital and send home pain medication for you to continue to administer, keeping them comfortable.  Physical therapy in hospital or at home exercises may also be an option for your pet’s recovery.

Because each medication for pain works differently on your pet, we often use more than one type of medication to control your pet’s discomfort.  Some of the techniques for pain management we can use for your pet include:
  • Nerve blocks for dentals and declaws
  • While not used standardly for vaccines, if your pet is sensitive to the needle prick, we can use a topical anesthetic cream (lidocaine) to make the injection more comfortable for your pet.
  • During catheter placement we use topical anesthetic cream also used with wound repair
  • Simple line or paraincisional blocks, intratesticular, intraarticular, intercostals. Pleural, peritoneal and epidural blocks.
  • Chronic rate infusion of pain medication
  • Catheter placement
  • Epidurals
  • Physical therapy
Woodridge Animal Hospital
(630) 985-3101
2009 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL  60517