Our pets can’t tell us where it hurts, so we have to listen a little more closely. At AirHeart, we consider pain a fourth vital sign—after temperature, pulse and respiration. And even though pain gives us important information, we take a compassionate and progressive approach to managing it.
For instance, we know that surgeries involve some degree of pain, so we take steps to provide appropriate analgesia before our patients wake to help them transition from anesthesia to wakefulness as smoothly as possible. By anticipating the pain, we can preemptively address our patients’ needs before they demonstrate signs of discomfort.
Today we can manage the pain of degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis more effectively than ever. We explore many options for pain management medications, supplements, exercise and strength training as well as physical rehabilitation. Our priority is maintaining our patients’ quality of life and returning them to daily activities.
You can be a valuable team member in your pet’s pain management. We’re happy to teach you how to massage aching joints or apply heat and ice therapies, depending on the nature of the pain. And our assistance doesn’t stop at our office. We can also help you create a more pain-free environment at home. This may include assisting your pet with stair climbing, applying non-slippery surfaces to home interiors and learning range-of-motion exercises. We all want the same thing—for those sweet pets who depend on us to live a pain-free life. And we will do everything we can to ensure it.