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How will I know when it’s time to stop treating the pain? When will I know that my cat has suffered from cancer long enough?

That’s a difficult question that varies from animal to animal and pet owner to pet owner. To help you know when the time is right, it may help to consider several quality of life factors and measure them daily on a scale of one to ten. Quality of life factors include such things as […]

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My pet has diarrhea. Can I give it Pepto-Bismol®?

For cats, no.

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My cat who goes outdoors is scratching a lot more. Could it have fleas?

Maybe, but it’s unlikely. There are 87 causes of itching in the cat and in the Edmonton area fleas would be near the bottom of my list. The most common cause of itching that I diagnose in outdoor cats is otodectic mange – commonly referred to as ear mites. Along with the scratching you […]

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How can I tell if my dog is in pain?

Dogs that are in pain act just like humans do: They behave differently from normal. Dogs may withdraw, become listless or overly affectionate. They may bark, whine or act unusually aggressive. Often, dogs in pain lick, bite or protect a certain part of their body. Their appetite changes or they soil in the house. […]

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If I sense my dog is in pain can I use painkillers like Aspirin or Tylenol that I have around the house?

No! Always contact your veterinarian before you give a pain medication to your pet. Common human pain medicines can be harmful and sometimes fatal to animals. For example, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding in dogs, and Tylenol can kill cats.

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Would it be okay for me to increase the dosage of the pain medicine my veterinarian prescribed if my pet isn’t getting better?

Please call your veterinarian before you change the dosage of any medicine. Some pets take longer to respond to a medication, and often the benefits aren’t realized until the drug is no longer administered. Over time, your veterinarian may choose to increase the dosage or try a different approach if the pain persists.

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How will my pet heal if we give her a painkiller? She’ll run around like normal. Wouldn’t it be better for her to just lie in her bed and get well?

Your pet will heal better and faster if her pain is under control. If you’re concerned about her activity, you might consider confining her in a crate, cage or small room until she gets better. If it does not get better, call or visit Delton Veterinary Hospital.

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I’ve never used painkillers with my pets before. Why do veterinarians prescribe them now?

Pain medications for pets are relatively new. It’s only been in the last decade we’ve learned that pets that take painkillers heal better than those that don’t. We’ve also learned that unchecked pain can lead to chronic, long-term pain that can be harder and more expensive to treat later.

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Are these pain medications safe?

Medications undergo extensive testing. But, like all drugs, they have the potential to cause side effects in a small percentage of animals.

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What are these side effects?

Vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools (they appear black and tarry, as if they contain coffee grounds), change in drinking or urinating, changes in behavior (such as depression), restlessness or appetite loss, yellowing of gums, skin or whites of eyes, changes in skin (redness, scabs or scratching). If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, […]

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