Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Sensory stimuli from damaged or inflamed tissue are the usual cause of pain. The source may be traumatic, neoplastic, infectious, autoimmune, arthritic, or from exposure to irritating chemicals or toxins. Animals rarely falsify pain and therefore justify a thorough examination to determine the origin of the pain. Arthritis is very common cause of chronic pain.
Symptoms: Variable; pain.
Diagnostics: The diagnostic examination should include a full neurological examination as well as possible radiographic evaluation and blood testing depending on the organs involved.
Special Notes: In many cases of pain management, a thorough chiropractic examination should also be performed.
Principles for Supplementation: Reduce pain through use of herbs and nutraceuticals that either release endorphins, relieve pain or move blood through the area.