Pain Management

At Veterinary Healing Center, we have a special interest in the management of acute and chronic pain in our patients. Pain can be especially challenging to understand and quantify in animals. Many pets that are experiencing pain will not show obvious signs of discomfort.  Instead, they may be slowing down, sleeping more, grooming less, or seem restless at night. Any of these behaviors may indicate that your pet is experiencing some level of pain.

Whether your pet has new injury, has recently undergone surgery, or has a more chronic condition such as arthritis, we have many ways to help. Both Dr. Cahoon and Dr. McKerney have taken advanced continuing education courses in an effort to provide our patients with current and effective pain management strategies. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide cutting edge western diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as the ability to integrate options such as acupuncture, laser therapy, herbal therapy, food therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma infusion, and stem cell therapy.

There are many types of pain that companion animals experience. Here are a few examples:

  • Acute pain (new injury, trauma)
  • Surgical pain
  • Soft tissue (strain or sprain)
  • Ear Infections and skin allergies
  • Dental disease and gingivitis
  • Neuropathic (nerve)
  • Degenerative joint disease and arthritis
  • Neoplasia (cancer)

When your pet has a surgical procedure performed at Veterinary Healing Center, they will be receiving individualized care and a surgical plan tailored to their specific needs.  This starts with a physical exam, blood work, and surgical planning weeks (and sometimes months) prior to your pet’s procedure date. The day of the procedure we will work to minimize your pet’s anxiety by providing an anesthetic protocol that is specifically designed for them. Minimizing discomfort before, during, and after the procedure in the recovery phase is of the utmost importance to us.

If you feel your pet may be experiencing some level of pain or discomfort, please call to set up an appointment for an evaluation and discussion with one of our doctors. Our number one goal is to help your pet live his or her best life!!

 

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    • Sandy Wedekind DeKreekSandy Wedekind DeKreek

      We have been taking our Labrador to The Veterinary Healing Center for almost two years to treat her with eastern medicine/procedures for radiating pain from her neck to down her front leg. After about 6 acupuncture treatments and cervical formula powder supplements we saw a remarkable improvement! She went from limping and barely able to climb stairs to running around the yard and jumping into the pool! She was like a brand new dog! We continue with monthly maintenance treatments and we couldn’t be happier with the results! We now take our English Golden Retriever puppy there for checkups!

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    • Vicki KerriVicki Kerri

      Our dog has been a patient for over 12 years and has received up to date care for allergies plus alternative medicine. Would recommend!

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    • Joy KnightJoy Knight

      I'm always comfortable taking my pets to see Dr. Cahoon, whether it's my rats or my dog he has always shown compassion. He never overcomplicates a situation or problem which always makes the visit a little bit easier. He has been seeing my 10 year old epileptic dog since he was a puppy and recently performed a very successful surgery on my rat(yes rat💗🐀 )

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    • Fudgelady V.Fudgelady V.

      I drive three hours each direction to have Vitamin C drip and also acupuncture done on my basset hound with severe arthritis in his leg, and it seems to be... Read More

    • Jackie Jaynes-CreelJackie Jaynes-Creel

      The Veterinary Healing Center of Folsom and El Dorado Hills has been fantastic. They have been there through some of the most difficult decisions (letting our Oreo go) to just making sure our girls are healthy (annual checkups). They are loving to our Boston and Chihuahua even when the dogs are not willing to be touched. This is a very Caring place. If you want to go somewhere that is fabulous with your fur babies this is the place. ��

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    • Elise KuikenElise Kuiken

      We have been taking our two dogs here for over 10 years. Dr. Cahoon always makes sure to explain everything and find options for our dog who has had a lot of health problems. Even though we live farther away now we still drive just to see them.

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    • Lauren Lamison GouldLauren Lamison Gould

      We've been patients of Vet Healing Center since 2006. They are a great office that really knows their stuff plus the availability 7 days a week is awesome!

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