At Cancer Veterinary Centers, your pet’s quality of life is one of our top priorities and effective pain management is key to keeping your pet comfortable. Patients with cancer may have pain associated with the primary tumor, such as bone and oral tumors or they may have chronic pain or inflammation from other medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis or intervertebral disc disease. Understanding the underlying cause(s) of the pain will help to direct the most appropriate and effective therapy for your pet.
Pain management strategies can include medical therapy, radiation therapy and complementary therapies. Medical therapy involves treatments with a variety of drugs, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs), steroids, opiods neuromodulators/neurotransmitters and bisphosphonates. Radiation therapy has also been used to palliate some patients with pain from their cancer. Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and massage may enhance more traditional types of treatment. Most of these strategies are used in combination and can work synergistically, depending on the amount of pain that your pet is going through.
Determining the level of pain that your pet may be feeling can be difficult at times. Pain score systems have been developed in order to help gauge how painful your pet may be. These systems use a team approach to identify the amount of pain and questionnaires are available. Ask us how we can help to determine your pet’s level of pain and tailor a treatment plan specifically for them.