Pet owners and veterinarians need to work together to develop pain management strategies that can be implemented at home and at the veterinary office. Generally, there are five traditional and holistic methods to consider: nutraceuticals, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), opioids, steroids, and holistic alternatives. Each with its own set of positives and negatives.
Pain treatment usually includes medication. Today’s medications come in pill form as well as liquids, skin patches, and gels. New medications are being developed to better alleviate your pet’s chronic pain. Although medications work quickly and often cause significant relief, their use can produce side effects and adverse reactions in your pet.