Addressing Pet Pain

Protecting Your Pet From Pain
APPOINTMENT

Pain Management at Bayview Animal Hospital

Preventing and managing pain in your pet is a top priority at Bayview Animal Hospital. For all surgical procedures and the treatment of chronic conditions (such as cancer or arthritis), we help you develop a pain management plan that is tailored to your pet’s individual needs.

Watching for Pain in Your Pet

Animals instinctively hide their pain, so owners should be aware of common indicators such as:

  • Excessive licking or biting
  • Howling, whining, or other abnormal vocal cues
  • Lethargy
  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panting

Some behavioral changes may also indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these changes or has experienced a recent trauma, please contact us immediately for an examination.

Dental Procedures and Pain Control
While dental cleanings are generally easy and painless, other procedures, such as extractions, can be more difficult and potentially painful. In such cases, we control your pet’s pain through prevention rather than treatment. Local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) are routinely employed to stop pain from ever happening. If we anticipate your pet may experience discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.
Our Pharmacy

Our pharmacy stocks a wide range of commonly used pharmaceuticals, which allows your pet to begin medications immediately. Our knowledgeable staff is also available to discuss appropriate dosage and administration techniques. With 24-hour notice, prescription refills can be phoned in for quick and easy pick-up, and we also offer convenient access to online refill requests.