Pain Management for Pets


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Dr. Tamara Grubb

Pain management for pets is as important as a topic can get. And here on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show I discuss just that with Dr. Tamara Grubb, a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist with a strong clinical interest and research focus in pain management. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, a certified acupuncturist and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM).

Suddenly hanging out at the radiator could be a sign of pain

When there’s instant pain, pets (or people) instantly respond. However, chronic pain may be another story all together, she says. So, pet owners should be on the look-out for pain. The number sign of pain is a change in that individual animal’s normal behavior. One example, may simply be a cat no longer jumping up on the windowsill to catch the sun. Or a dog who is acting “lazy.” And in older animal, we tend to say, “well, what do you expect Fluffy is 18.” True enough, but that pet may be in pain and despite advancing age the pain can be treated.

A veterinarian can’t help with pain management for pets if you don’t ask your veterinarian about it. Also, use your phone to take a video, since the pet may not reproduce whatever is going on in an office setting.