Don’t Let Them Suffer in Silence: Recognizing and Treating Pet Pain

Pet pain can have a huge impact on your pet's quality of lifeHelping your four-legged best friend when they’re in need is part and parcel of pet ownership. However, it’s not uncommon for illness or injury to go unnoticed – or undiagnosed. Many symptoms are obvious, but others can be extremely subtle, flying beneath the radar of even the most dedicated pet owners.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Even though most owners are tuned in to the habits and behaviors of their pet, we could all use some helpful reminders when it comes to pet pain.

Consistency is Key

Animals love routine. They like to anticipate their next meal, when the backdoor might be open again, and the frequency of play or exercise time. Perhaps the most apparent symptom of pet pain is departure from their normal routine, which may present in the following ways: Continue…

Understanding Veterinary Laparoscopy

veterinary laparoscopyLaparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery, has been the gold standard in human surgery for many years. However, in veterinary medicine this surgical technique is not yet common practice.

For a veterinary hospital, the ability to offer laparoscopic surgery involves a significant commitment, both in terms of the time it takes for the veterinarian to acquire the advanced training needed to use laparoscopic equipment, and in the financial investment of the equipment itself. A veterinary practice’s investment in offering laparoscopy can run upwards of $40,000, inclusive of the laparoscopic equipment itself, as well as the sterilization equipment needed beyond what is normally found in a veterinary practice. Continue…