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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    • Stephanie JonesStephanie Jones

      This place is full of the kindest, most compassionate people. Dr Mckerney is Zoey’s favorite and she has gone above and beyond to always give Zoey the best care. Even while Zoey is hospitalized, Dr Mckerney and the staff have checked on her regularly. It means the world to us 💜💜💜

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      Went to the Folsom location for the first time today. It's a smidge closer to where I live and they had an opening so I figured, I love the El Dorado... Read More

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      I dont write and never know what to say. All i know is i trust these doctors and the are always smiling and good with my animals.

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    • 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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      They take care of our pets as if they are their own! Everyone is welcoming and their holistic approach is appreciated!

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    • Linda PelochinoLinda Pelochino

      Our dog Mucho was in intense pain last Christmas and having trouble walking. After a few weeks of rest and pain medication Dr Cahoon began treating him with laser and acupuncture therapy along with Chinese herbs. We are happy to report Mucho is now a happy active fellow. As we continue with his therapy, we are very grateful for this wonderful veterinary clinic.

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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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