Caring for chronically painful pets

Caring for chronically painful pets

As our pets age, they’re more likely to suffer from chronic pain. And as always, it’s our responsibility to keep them as happy and comfortable as possible.

Once you suspect your buddy’s in pain, the first order of business is scheduling a check-up. Only by finding the source and gauging the severity of pain can your veterinarian design a pet-specific pain management protocol.

Veterinarians often combine various approaches in managing a pet’s pain. These include medication, acupuncture, massage — even laser therapy or electrical stimulation. And in addition to reducing pain, physical therapy can help weaker pets gain strength and joint mobility.

One last thing, make sure to tell your veterinarian about any natural products you’re giving your pet. Some may interact with other pain-relievers.

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