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Pain Management For Cats
Posted on : 07/01/2015 12:56:22 PM

If you find that your furry friend is sleeping more than usual, acting particularly quiet or withdrawn, or not eating, she could be in pain. Chronic pain can cause inactivity and reduce the overall quality of life for your cat. If you suspect that she is suffering, talk to your veterinarian. He can find out what’s causing your pet’s discomfort and suggest the most appropriate treatment options.

Most cats experience quite a bit of stress when taken for veterinary visits. Fear and anxiety tend to magnify the pain, as does being restrained for any reason. If your pet becomes really stressed when taken to the doctor, an anti-anxiety drug may be in order. For extremely stressed cats, a few puffs of gas anesthesia can work wonders. Some vet clinics also use synthetic feline facial pheromones. These calming pheromones come in diffusers that can be plugged into exam rooms, and can also be sprayed on tables, towels, and hands.

Appropriate pain relief drugs can make your pet as comfortable as possible until your vet can find, and hopefully resolve, the cause of the pain. Many medications for humans can make animals very sick. This includes common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, as well as acetaminophen, which is toxic to felines. Talk to your vet before giving any medications to your pet. He may suggest small doses of aspirin, or prescribe a medication such as robenacoxib. Opioids, such as morphine and codeine, are used for more severe, chronic pain. Corticosteroids, such as cortisone and prednisone, are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. They can be used to reduce arthritic or allergic discomfort.

There are also non-drug therapies that can alleviate pain. Veterinary chiropractic care can be extremely effective in reducing both pain and joint degeneration, while pet massage can reduce inflammation and pain in damaged tissues. Moist heat therapy can also provide relief. Wrap a slightly damp towel around your heating pad cover, set the control on low, and place it in your cat’s bed for her to lie on. Supplements can also provide the raw materials needed for cartilage repair and maintenance, including glucosamine sulfate, omega-3 fats, and super green foods, such as spirulina. Keeping your cat at a normal weight can help to avoid putting more pressure on joints that are already aching.

Pain control is never a one-size-fits-all solution, and medication is just one part of the package. If you suspect that your cat is suffering with pain, talk with your veterinarian about treatment options right away.

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