By Tanya Fyfe DVM
Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic 

Multi-Modal Pain Control

Pet Lyfe with Dr. Fyfe


November 24, 2022

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Tanya Fyfe, DVM. Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic. •

If you have senior pets with arthritis or pets with chronic medical conditions, your veterinarian may have suggested one or more different ways to mediate discomfort. A combination of medications, treatments and therapies used together to moderate pain is called "multi-modal pain control" and is very common in today's veterinary practices.

In general, most painful conditions are treated initially with oral medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Carprofen or Previcox, depending on the cause of pain. Other oral medications like anti-depressants, Gabapentin or Prednisone ar...

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