12 steps to prevent pain and fear in pets

12 steps to prevent pain and fear in pets

Is the shadow of pain haunting pets at your veterinary practice? Shine a light on pain management to help dispel pets' fear.

Your next step

Now it’s time to talk about pain. OK, we get it. Pain isn’t the easiest topic to discuss with pet owners. You can hack these conversations with the free client form at dvm360.com/paintalk. Next, we must address the fear we may unwittingly create when a pet must be left in our care for a painful procedure like wound treatment—or the pet who must remain with us for a surgery.

Remember, pain and fear are intimately interlinked, and your team can create a less painful, less stressful and less fearful experience for patients by paying attention to just a few simple details. Read on to check out the 12 steps your team can take to reduce pets' pain and fear.

Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, is a past-president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the owner of Windsor Veterinary Clinic and The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor, Colorado.