Offering Safe, Effective Cat and Dog Pain Relief in Jenison, MI
Our beloved dogs and cats tend to conceal their pain, so it can be difficult to tell when something’s wrong and it’s time to turn to your veterinarian for help. While pets may deal with their pain in a seemingly stoic manner, this doesn’t mean it isn’t affecting their quality of life. Pain can limit your pet’s mobility, prevent them from being active, and affect their appetite.
At Chicago Drive Veterinary Clinic, we know there are many ways pets experience pain, and there are just as many ways to treat it. We offer a variety of treatment options that can alleviate their discomfort, while also helping to improve any underlying issue that might be responsible.
Do you think your pet might be in pain? Call us today at (616) 669-0501 to request an appointment.
Signs Your Pet is in Pain
If you’re not sure whether your pet is experiencing any acute or chronic pain, look for these signs:
- Walking more slowly or gingerly
- Reluctant to go up or down the stairs
- Won’t jump up on things
- Slow to lay down/slow to stand
- Frequently shifts position to get more comfortable
- Licking repeatedly at a certain spot
- Eating less
- Sleeping more often
- Showing little interest in play
Options for Pain Relief in Dogs and Cats in Jenison, MI
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for pain relief. All pets are different, even if many of them experience the same problems. We will need to examine your pet and possibly perform X-rays to properly diagnose the cause of their pain, so we can form the best pain relief treatment plan. Whether your pet is struggling with arthritis, chronic back pain, or needs help recovering from a complex orthopedic surgery, we have treatment options that can help.
These treatments include:
- Laser therapy
- Dasuquin joint supplements
- Omega-3 (fish oil) for joints
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- Other oral medications for dogs and cats
What is Laser Therapy for Dogs and Cats?
Our therapeutic laser is a non-invasive, drug-free modality that can effectively relieve pain and
inflammation in dogs and cats. With focused, low-level infrared light, it can be used to treat:
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Post-surgical pain
- Hip dysplasia
- Burn injuries
- …and more
Emitted through a small hand-held device, the infrared light particles gently penetrate through skin and muscle to help repair damaged cells. Over time, this helps to relieve pain and swelling by improving blood circulation to the affected area(s).
Keep Human Pain Medicine Off Limits to Your Pet
Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, and other OTC pain medications can be extremely harmful (or possibly fatal) if your pet ingests them. Please contact us at (616) 669-0501 before thinking about giving your pet any of the pain medications you have in your home--we can offer recommendations that will be better (and safer) for your dog or cat.