Managing Your Patient's Pain: Learn About Our Specialized Clinic

Friendship understands that freedom from pain is important to your patient’s quality of life. We are committed to collaborating with you whether your patient's discomfort is related to a surgical procedure, a chronic condition, or routine aches and pains.

Friendship’s dedicated Pain Management Clinic is led by Dr. Nicole Karrasch, DACVAA, cVMA. In addition to expertise in the use of analgesic pharmacologic agents, she has advanced training and certification in acupuncture. Joined by Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Janay Austin-Carlson, our Pain Management team has a broad knowledge base to offer patients the most creative and effective combinations of pain management methodologies for the best outcomes.

Both Traditional & Multimodal Approaches to Pain Management

We have many strategies for controlling pain. Tactics may include oral medications, injections, constant infusions, nerve blocks, and regional anesthesia.

Our hospital’s pain clinic uses multimodal pain management treatment options to minimize pain and speed recovery, including:

  • Acupuncture—Similar to applications in humans, veterinary acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
  • Rehabilitation—Physical rehabilitation employs a number of techniques to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life.
  • Massage—Pet massage has many benefits, including relief from pain and improved joint flexibility.

For further questions about our pet pain clinic, please contact the compassionate staff and veterinarians of Friendship Hospital for Animals.

Meet Our Doctors

Nicole Karrasch, DVM, MS, cVMA, DACVAA

Dr. Karrasch attended The Ohio State University for both her undergraduate coursework and veterinary school. After graduating with her DVM in 2010, she completed a rotating internship here at Friendship Hospital. She returned to Ohio to complete her residency in anesthesia and analgesia, as well as, her MS in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, veterinary medical acupuncture certification and additional training in canine medical massage.

Janay Austin-Carlson, CCRP, Rehabilitation Practitioner

Janay started working at Friendship Hospital for Animals in August of 2006. She finished her Canine Rehabilitation Program at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Since 2008 she has been a Rehabilitation Practitioner working primarily in orthopedics, sports medicine and neurology.