Pet Columns

[veterinary anesthesiologists - Lynelle Graham]

Veterinary Anesthesiologists: They’re Not Just for Surgeries

Feb 27, 2017 / Pain Management / Small Animal Surgery / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses / Small Mammals

Other roles: ensure lifelong comfort and health Anesthesia—a controlled state of unconsciousness, almost like induced sleep—is used during a variety of veterinary procedures to ensure that the patient doesn’t feel pain, remains still, and is unaware of what is happening around them. While all veterinarians are educated to safely anesthetize their patients, some go on...

[equine-acupuncture]

Increased Comfort the Point of Equine Acupuncture Therapy

Nov 1, 2016 / Pain Management / Horses

acupuncture on the rise as adjunct therapy Dr. Kara Lascola, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers equine acupuncture to supplement conventional therapies and treatments given to her patients. She says her goal for acupuncture therapy is primarily to increase the comfort of patients. “I mainly use acupuncture to...

[pet's pain can be subtle]

Cues to Pet’s Pain May Be Subtle

Aug 1, 2016 / Pain Management / Cats / Dogs

pets have varying responses and tolerance levels to pain Everyone has to deal with pain. Whether from a minor cut or a major surgery, pain is part of life for people and their pets. “Pain is a very individualized experience,” says Dr. Ashley Mitek, who recently completed a three-year residency in anesthesiology and pain management...

Aggressive Treatment Needed for Pet’s Orthopedic Pain

Mar 4, 2013 / Pain Management / Dogs

 If pain is left untreated, systemic problems can develop. “Orthopedic pain is considered a severe type of pain that any mammal can experience,” asserts Dr. Ashley Mitek, a veterinarian who is completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. And anyone who has...

Guide to Pain Management in Pets

Jan 28, 2013 / Pain Management / Cats / Dogs

The pet owner is one of the best people to assess pain. Studies in people have shown that those who receive appropriate pain management post-operatively recover more quickly from surgery and have less complications, according to Dr. Ashley Mitek, a veterinarian who is completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University...