Pain Management

Veterinary science is always evolving and moving forward. It is our belief at Meridian Animal Clinic that it is important to keep up with this advancement in order to provide our clients the best that veterinary science has to offer.

Recent research supports the fact that mammals have the same neuroanatomical structures that humans have in the perception of pain. Keeping that fact in mind, Dr. Williams believes that medication should be used to manage your pet’s pain.

Animals instinctively hide their pain, often making it difficult for pet owners to recognize a health problem. Some symptoms of pain in dogs and cats include:

  • • Panting
  • • Lethargy
  • • Restlessness
  • • Loss of appetite
  • • Refusal to play or respond to commands
  • • Excessive licking or biting a body part
  • • Howling, whining or vocalizing
  • • Limping
  • • Change in behavior, such as growling or aggression

If your pet begins to exhibit any of the above symptoms, call us and make an appointment to have your pet examined.

Studies have shown that pets who receive appropriate pain medication following surgery recover more quickly and experience fewer complications. At Meridian Animal Clinic, all animals having surgical procedures performed will be administered pain medications before, during and after surgery. They will also be discharged with pain medications and specific instructions for the pet owner.