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Dog Pain Management


This collection of Dog Pain Management articles has been curated for you by Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (512) 900-2778.

What is Laparoscopy, or Laparoscopic Surgery, for Pets?

Veterinary medicine becomes more sophisticated every year. From routine spay procedures to hernia operations, our dogs and cats are benefiting from medical breakthroughs that are first developed on humans.

One of those breakthroughs is laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is also called “keyhole” surgery because it’s minimally invasive, which means your dog or cat can recover faster. This has become the “gold standard” in human surgical procedures due to its minimal downtime and reduced post-operative pain. Now it’s becoming available for our companion animals.


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Is Acupuncture Right for Your Dog?

Acupuncture is a popular pain relief method used by millions of people. You may be familiar with it as a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As the name implies, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a series of healing modalities that originated in China with roots that pre-date modern Western medicine.


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Recognizing Signs of Pain in Your Pet

Pain is a clinically significant symptom that can adversely affect an animal’s quality of life—and the first step in treating it is recognizing and acknowledging it.

Our pets share the same anatomical and biochemical pain pathways that we do; therefore, we can expect their level of discomfort with certain conditions to be similar to ours. Unfortunately, they cannot tell us with words how they feel or where they hurt, but they can give us clues about their level of discomfort.


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What to Do When Your Pet Won’t Eat

When your pet suddenly loses his appetite, it can be concerning—particularly if you’ve got a regular chowhound on your hands. Reluctance to eat, also called inappetence or anorexia, can be caused by a number of serious conditions, so if you notice your dog or cat has lost interest in food, it’s best to contact your family veterinarian to get to the heart of the problem right away.


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An Integrative Approach to Pain Management

In Western medicine, pain is defined as a complex phenomenon that includes both the sensation and the subsequent behaviors that occur as a response. In Eastern medicine, pain is the manifestation of stagnant Qi or blood. Essentially, it is energy that is caught in one area creating pain and loss of function. Longstanding stagnant energy eventually leads to permanent structural changes, such as arthritis.


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How You Can Ease Your Senior Dog's Arthritis Pain

You recognize the signs. The slow hobble to greet you at the door where once your dog practically leaped at the chance to put his paws on you. The laborious clamber from a resting position to standing.

These are clear signs of arthritis pain and it affects between 60 – 70% of dogs.

Other signs include limping, reluctance to go up and down stairs and generally, a lethargy where you once had an active pooch.


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Benefit of Laser Therapy for Dogs

Would your dog benefit from laser therapy? Quite possibly. In fact, many pet lovers aren’t aware of this safe, non-invasive procedure even though it’s been used on humans for over 40 years.


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