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Pain Management for Pets in Gettysburg

Helping Your Pet Heal Comfortably

As a pet owner, the last thing you want to see is your loved ones in pain. While it may be obvious that your pet is suffering, oftentimes it can be difficult to determine whether your dog or cat is in pain, because they’re unable to vocalize their needs. Even if you slightly suspect something may be amiss with your pet, we recommend giving us a call to schedule a visit. Through physical examinations, our Gettysburg veterinarians can detect illnesses or injuries and conduct further tests to determine their causes and treatments. In addition to traditional medications, Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital also offers pain management options that include laser therapy and acupuncture. Your pet’s health is our priority, which is why we have various ways of keeping them comfortable during their time of illness or injury.

Call (717) 610-6223 to schedule a visit with our team during business hours, or contact us online. We also have contact information for other emergency centers should your pet require immediate treatment during non-business hours.

What is the Difference Between Acute & Chronic Pain?

There are two primary types of pain in animals: acute and chronic. Acute pain is pain that is recent or has been present for a short amount of time and is commonly associated with a newly-developed illness, injury, or surgery. If acute pain is left untreated, it can become worse and transition to chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a long-term medical condition like arthritis, which is a disease that can’t be cured. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of chronic pain that affects nearly 40% of dogs. Your dog may be suffering from osteoarthritis if they’re limping, stiff, or slower to get up after sleep or a nap.

Acute pain is typically treated with pain medications and rest, while chronic pain can be managed with medication or one of our alternative forms of pain management to keep pets comfortable.

Common Signs of Pain in Pets

Animals suffer from pain just like humans do, but unfortunately, they’re not able to verbally communicate with us when they’re suffering. Animals can suffer from surgical pain, arthritis, cancer, and more, and it’s important to look out for common signs of pain to determine whether to seek medical help.

Common signs of pain in dogs include:

  • Whimpering, howling, or growling
  • Aggression or biting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Submissive behavior
  • Decreased social interaction
  • Self-mutilation, or chewing

Common signs of pain in cats include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Tail flicking
  • Hiding
  • Hissing or spitting
  • Excessive licking or grooming
  • Lack of agility
  • Reduced activity

Our Therapy Options

In addition to traditional medication, our Gettysburg veterinarians provide alternative treatment options depending on your pet’s unique medical condition. Whether your pet is suffering from acute or chronic pain, or is even struggling with fear and anxiety, we can help them through laser therapy or acupuncture.

Laser Therapy

Class IV Laser Therapy that can treat both acute and chronic pain conditions by focusing light energy to reach the source of your pet’s pain. The technology has many benefits, including inflammation reduction, accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, and general faster wound healing through a process called photo-bio-modulation. Members of our staff are specially trained in laser therapy and can educate you on the process so you know what to expect.

Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture is the temporary insertion of needles in an animal’s body to produce a healing response. This is helpful form of treatment if your pet has musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and behavioral disorders. Acupuncture can also alleviate pain and fatigue in pets with cancer. Acupuncture is virtually painless and can help animals relax and even fall asleep. Our veterinarians can conduct a physical examination upon your visit to determine if acupuncture is an option for your loved one.

Don’t wait to seek our Gettysburg veterinarians’ help. Call us at (717) 610-6223 if you believe your companion is in pain.

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    - Kay B.
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    - John W.
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    “Our family has gone here with our pets since I was a kid...30 years later, we now take our 3yr old Shi Tzu, Max, in”

    - Laura A.
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Why Choose Us?

  • Serving the Community Since 1980
  • Devoted to Your Pets Health
  • Active in the Gettysburg Community
  • Caring & Compassionate Vets & Staff
We Put Pets First

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