Pain Management

One of Cumberland Animal Hospital’s primary goals when it comes to serving the animal community is to bring comfort and compassion to hurt and ailing animals. Pain is a very hard symptom to treat, as most of the time it is subjective and not objective. What one pet may feel is a terrible injury, another may never let on that it is hurt. Dogs in general will not let on that they are in any type of pain because of an instinct to protect themselves from predators that prey on the weak. The best way to tell if a pet is in pain is to take your cues from them: poor mobility; slight whining when laying down or sitting up; decreased appetite; even snapping at their owners.

Acute pain is a recent onset of pain may be due to an injury. In this case, our doctors will examine the animal, use x-rays and ultrasound as necessary, and make a treatment plan based on their impression of the injury. Whether or not this includes surgery, keeping your pet comfortable throughout the process is our first priority.

Chronic pain is usually seen in adult and senior pets who suffer from joint disease, arthritis and even some cancers. Usually a continuous low dose of pain medication is used to keep the dog or cat comfortable. Cumberland Animal Hospital also offers laser therapy as an addition to keeping your pet pain-free. You may read more about laser in the Laser Therapy section of this website.