Managing pain in animals can be difficult. Dogs and cats instinctively hide pain and discomfort as a survival mechanism. In the past, this led many experts to believe that pets don’t experience pain in the same way in which humans do. More recent research, however, has shown that companion animals have nervous systems that are similar to our own. While they may not express that they are in pain in the same way in which we would, they do suffer from it. If something would hurt you, there is a very good chance that it would hurt your dog or cat, too. When you come to us for pet pain management, we will thoroughly assess your pet and try to measure their pain. Based on our findings, we may recommend a wide range of options. Pain medications are often prescribed to keep animals more comfortable. Based on your pet’s needs, we may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, or corticosteroids. In some cases, physical therapy or surgical intervention may also be recommended.