Providing Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats
Keeping pets comfortable whether they are recovering from surgeries or living with a chronic condition at home is one of our highest priorities. Pain can have a debilitating effect on our four-legged best friends, from limiting their appetite to making them lose interest in the activities they used to love. It can also make vet visits more stressful!
Our AAHA-accredited animal hospitals in Dundee, Elgin, and Algonquin are conscious of the impact pain can have on pets and do everything possible to provide pain relief for dogs & cats.
Signs of Pain in Pets
Pets don’t always cry or whimper when they are feeling pain. Other signs might include:
- Holding up one paw while walking/standing
- Walking gingerly
- Slow to stand
- Sleeping more often
- Eating less
In some cases, dogs may become aggressive or defensive. Regardless, if your pet is showing any of these signs, please contact us immediately so we can help.
We Offer Safe Pain Relief Options
At Dundee Animal Hospital, we look for the safest and most effective pain relief for dogs and cats. We also take time to evaluate your pet and figure out which medication is best for them based on their age, size, condition, and medical history. Furthermore, we want to make sure that if your pet is already taking medication, that one medication will not interfere with the other.
Along with using injectable pain relief medication (usually for surgeries), Dundee Animal Hospital also provides various oral medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). These are a safer alternative and help to reduce any swelling/inflammation that is adding to your pet’s discomfort.
Why Pets Need Pain Relief
Pain after surgery can slow a pet’s recovery, and chronic pain due to arthritis or an untreated injury can reduce their quality of life. Dogs and cats process pain similar to humans, and while they might attempt to hide it, pain can be more damaging to their health than we realize. They deserve the best care from people who are invested in their health—and at Dundee Animal Hospital, providing pain relief for dogs and cats is one of our top priorities.
Dr. Kersting is an excellent, well educated Veterinarian and person, very nice bed side manner. My husband and I highly recommend this Vet/hospital open 24/7. Never turn away anyone either, always willing to help and give advice too.
First time here, and the whole staff was simply amazing! We were in, taken to the exam room, discussed the X-rays in just under an hour...The DR called me every few hours to keep me updated on my cat, we picked her up that evening and she is doing much better...Follow up with the cardiologist soon! But I would like to thank everyone here, who were so welcoming and sweet to us, especially since I was a total mess!!
Could not be happier with our first visit. The staff was friendly and efficient. The vets are knowledgeable and all have a real compassion for animals and it shows! So glad that we found this place and our miniature Schnauzer named Schnitzel is too!
I pass several animal hospitals to reach this location. The staff is exceptional to me and has always treated my pets well.
My little Gina is 15 now and still going strong, thanks to the entire staff here. Gina has had a few problems that you have always managed to help her with, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Thank you for taking such great care of our dog early this morning in Dundee. He had a medical emergency and the staff couldn't have been more caring or professional.
Dr O'Brien is fantastic! She provides comprehensive, patient centered care with compassion. She is focused on heath maintenance and knows just when to provide effective interventions when problems arise. Her confidence, empathy and compassion make me feel more than comfortable in following her recommendations. Thank you Dr O'Brien for your service!
I’ve been taking my pets here forever. Always great care given and Dr. Kelly Kavanaugh is the absolute best!
We'd been taking our litter mate pugs here since they were puppies, just under 14 years. We've always enjoyed the entire staff's pleasant, accommodating and professional attitudes. My family recently had to make the toughest decision there is regarding our beloved Chili. We will be forever grateful for the compassion they showed us and our sweet dog at the end of his days. A very special thanks to Dr Lupo, probably the kindest person we've ever met. It's obvious these people not only know what they're doing, they genuinely love animals. Thank you all so so much.
Had an emergency visit with this clinic today for our Schnoodle. Never have been here before but could not have been treated any better by the technicians and the vet on call. Nora and her family thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking care of our sweet girl.
I've had some poor vet experiences before, but the staff and veterinarians at Dundee Animal Hospital are the most caring and trustworthy vets I've been to. I'll never take my pets anywhere else. You are the best!!! Thank you for awesome customer service and making me feel good about bringing my animals here.
The Algonquin location with Dr. Kristin Kamholz and Dr. Mark Rusley are both OUTSTANDING professionals and both have a very high level of skills! I am ALWAYS happy and satisfied with their service. I highly recommend to everyone to use this clinic to take care of their furry friends.
The doctors and staff at Dundee Animal Hospital have been providing our furry family members with excellent, compassionate care for more than 20 years. Thank you.
I have seen pretty much seen every vet here and been here for emergency services. Everyone, including the front staff, the techs, and the vets are amazing. One of my dogs is a bit difficult, and they are always accommodating without judgment. I wouldn’t take my animals anywhere else!
“The employees were so nice. They took us in right on time. Loved them.”
We came in on an early Sunday morning with my dog that needed an emergency procedure. Amazing vet, amazing staff, great care!
The staff is very friendly and haven taken great care of our dog.
Love Dundee Animal Hospital and Dr Kersting! Thanks for all you do!
Thank you to Dr. Kavanaugh for taking such great care of my 2 senior dogs, Frankie and Roma, over the past month. Her compassion and love have gone above and beyond and I am so grateful to her!
The doc and staff were great. I felt that my girl was in caring hands from the time we came in to the follow up visit. Huge relief.