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Pain Management

Managing your pet’s pain is one of our highest priorities. Notions that pets don’t feel pain or “need” the discomfort to keep them quiet are fairly universally accepted as outdated and incorrect. It has been shown again and again that pain impairs healing and, more importantly, is inhumane. We place utmost importance on your pet’s comfort and well-being. Allowing an animal to suffer pain is, in our view, unethical.

At Friendship Hospital for Animals, we have many strategies for controlling pain. These can include oral medications, injections, constant infusions, nerve blocks, regional analgesia and sustained release pain patches. Many of these methods are included in the cost for routine surgical procedures. All of these methods are considered for every case, every time. Although these methods are, generally, very safe and very beneficial to our patients, some of these medications do carry risks for some patients. Your doctor will weigh these risks when indicated and be sure to discuss them with you.

Laser Therapy

Friendship Hospital for Animals is proud to be one of the few veterinary hospitals in the area now offering class IV laser therapy for dogs and cats. This powerful, pain-free and non-invasive treatment uses modulated infrared rays to help reduce pain and speed the healing of inflamed or damaged tissues. Click here to learn more about laser therapy.