pain relief for dogs and cats in melrose, ma
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Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats

At Melrose Animal Clinic, we believe in providing fast-acting and long-lasting pain relief for dogs and cats. That's why we offer a variety of pet pain relief options including medications, pet laser therapy, and acupuncture. We aim to anticipate pain (as with surgery) and work to reduce their discomfort before it gets worse. Our pain management options can all be used separately or jointly for a multi-modal approach to pain.

Pain Medication

Medication such as NSAIDs, opioids, and steroids, are very effective for surgical pain, arthritis, injuries, and more. Before, during, and after every surgery, your pet will receive analgesics to minimize their discomfort. We'll also send medication home to help them through their recovery (check out "Expert Tips for Giving Pet Medications" in our video library). For conditions such as arthritis, where inflammation is the main contributor to pain, NSAIDs are particularly effective as an anti-inflammatory and painkiller. Whatever your pet's condition, we aim to find the right pain reliever so they can get back to enjoying a care-free life with you.

Pet Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free pain relief option for pets. It involves holding a handheld device that emits concentrated light energy over the affected area. The light energy increases blood circulation and cellular activity which reduces pain and inflammation and speeds healing. It is useful as a pet pain management option for just about any condition or injury that causes pain. However, pets who have cancer will not benefit because the laser light could cause cancer cells to reproduce more quickly.

Common conditions we treat with laser therapy include:

  • Wound healing
  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Hip or elbow dysplasia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ear infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Hot spots
  • Dermatitis
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Acute injuries
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cat during acupuncture


Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Very fine needles are inserted into certain acupuncture points throughout the body. The needles stimulate certain physiological changes including increased blood flow, relief of muscle spasms, release of endorphins and other pain-control hormones, as well as the natural steroid, cortisol. Acupuncture is an effective pet pain management technique for numerous conditions all on its own, but can also be used in conjunction with some traditional medicines.

Common conditions we use pet acupuncture for include:

  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Traumatic nerve injury
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Lick granulomas
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Chronic pain
  • Gastrointestinal issues

Contact Us to Learn More

Make an appointment today to learn more about pet pain management options and what the right option is for your pet!