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Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic

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110 Electric Ave.
Lewistown, PA 17044
Phone: 717-248-4703
Fax: 717-247-1147

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Monday8 - 1212 - 7
Tuesday8 - 1212-5
Wednesday8 - 1212 - 7
Thursday8 - 1212-7
Friday8 - 1212 - 5
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Pain Management Treatment from your Veterinarian in Lewistown and Mifflintown

Watching a beloved pet suffer in pain is difficult; fortunately, there are ways to manage and alleviate pain in our companions. Pain can result from a needed surgery, injury, infection, or occur alongside ailments that can come with the aging process. In our practice, the issue of pain management is a high priority. We want your pets to have the best quality of life possible, and we stand ready to help them achieve it.

cat being treated for pain management from the vet

Recognizing Pain in Pets

There are situations when it’s obvious that a pet is in pain, such as after an apparent injury or surgery. Other times, it’s less clear and requires careful observation. Possible clues include:

  • A change in behavior patterns, such as becoming reluctant to climb stairs or reacting negatively to being picked up.
  • Difficulty standing up from a lying or sitting position.
  • General withdrawal or overall reduced activity level.

In some cases, it may be obvious your pet is in pain, but other times you’ll need to use careful observation to discover there’s a problem.

Pain Management Alternatives

Pain that occurs during a surgical procedure can be relieved with general or local anesthetics. For pain in nonsurgical situations, effective alternatives include:

Nutraceuticals - These are foods and dietary supplements that offer extra health benefits beyond nutrition. They are relatively inexpensive and side effects are very rare. These are often helpful to pets with ongoing joint or arthritis problems, among other pain situations.

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) - People take NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling, stiffness, and joint pain, but there are specialized NSAIDs just for pets that do the same things. Dogs, for example, may be given carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), or meloxicam. Aspirin is also an NSAID that can be used in some pets for short periods of time. It is generally not recommended for long-term use due to potential negative side effects.

Opioids - These painkillers can be given for short periods of time for severe pain, such as after a surgery or injury. Tramadol is a very mild opioid that is often prescribed to dogs.

Steroids - Oral and injectable steroids such as prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone are sometimes used to treat bone and joint pain. These are prescription medications and come with potential side effects that can affect your pet’s organs, so they must be used with care.

Holistic alternatives - Some pet owners opt for “natural” treatments, such as massage therapy or acupuncture. These procedures utilize pressure points and techniques intended to trigger the release of the body’s own natural pain relievers.

Call Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic Today!

The choice of a successful pain relief approach is closely dependent on your pet’s individual situation and needs. At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic’s Lewistown animal hospital, we take your pet’s pain seriously and provide thoughtful, effective pain management individually tailored to your pet’s needs. If you’re looking for the latest in compassionate care for your animal, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Referral Program

Your referral of a friend or family member is the greatest compliment we can receive. Be sure to tell those you refer to let us know who sent them to our office when they make their first appointment with us. After they have come in for their visit we will send you a $25.00 certificate towards your pet's next visit with us!

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Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic, LLC
110 Electric Ave
Lewistown, PA 17044
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  • Phone: 717-248-4703

Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday 8:00am 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am 12:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed


Juniata Veterinary Clinic
1775 Butcher Shop Rd.
Mifflintown, PA 17059
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  • Phone: 717-436-9790

Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday 8:00am 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am 5:00pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

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