Pain Management and Control
At Highway 24 we feel that management of your pets pain is extremely important. We know that your pets well being is important to you and that is why we go to great lengths to help your pet with appropriate pain control during or after a clinical procedure such as surgery or with chronic diseases such as cancer or arthritis.
Arthritis can be present and it can be difficult for owners to know that their pet is in pain. Often pain is not as obvious as vocalizing or pacing around. Sometimes pain manifests as a change in behaviour such as the cat that no longer goes up on the window ledge or chooses to sleep on the floor rather than a favourite chair or the dog who doesn’t come upstairs anymore or is lagging behind on walks.If a pet is found to be in pain there are ways of treating it. Long term use of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) has become safer with the newer ones such as Meloxicam. Even though cats are more sensitive to these drugs and long term use is either off-label or not recommended, there are options to help them as well.For arthritis there are various nutraceuticals such as glucosamine, and injections that can be given under the skin such as Cartrophen which stimulates cartilage healing and the production of joint fluid which helps to keep the joints lubricated. Acupuncture and Chiropractic are also non medicinal ways that can help treat and control pain and inflammation for both acute and chronic pain. Nutrition can also be used to help with chronic pain due to arthritis by not only decreasing your pets weight if his/her body condition score is greater than 3 but also foods such as Hill’s j/d(joint diet) that uses nutregenomic technology to help your pets. We are also pleased to announce that we have therapeutic laser. This non-invasive, non-painful treatment decreases pain, swelling and inflammation around affected joints.