Chronic pain affecting your beloved canine companion can significantly reduce their quality of life. Today, our veterinarians at Ketchum will discuss chronic pain in dogs and how you can actively manage your pet's pain.
Chronic Pain in Dogs
We always aim to love and care for our canine companions as if they were one of our human family members, and while we can do a pretty good job at it, there may be conditions we simply cannot prevent. Chronic pain is one such condition that not only inflicts pain on your dog but also significantly diminishes their quality of life.
Causes of Chronic Pain in Dogs
Chronic pain in dogs most commonly results from Osteoarthritis, which affects around 40% of dogs. Various factors, including hereditary and congenital factors, impacting dogs of all ages and breeds can influence osteoarthritis.
Diagnosing Chronic Pain in Dogs
If you suspect your canine companion may be experiencing chronic pain, observe any signs and symptoms you notice and schedule a comprehensive examination to eliminate any other potential causes.
Your vet may employ the following pain assessment methods to diagnose your dog's condition:
- Veterinary examination
- Physiologic biomarkers
- Objective measurements of gait (e.g., force plate) and activity and movement (e.g., accelerometer)
- Owner assessment of activities of daily living (ADL)
- Multifactorial clinical measurement instruments.
Orthopedic Surgery at Sun Valley Animal Center
Sun Valley Animal Center recognizes the significance of providing effortless and stress-free diagnostic imaging services for furry companions. As a result, we offer a range of orthopedic surgeries to enhance your pet's quality of life. This commitment is exemplified by our in-house orthopedic surgeon in Ketchum, who is dedicated to improving the mobility and comfort of your beloved furry family members.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.