Compassionate Care Minimizes Suffering

Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. In that sense, the only medical or surgical procedures that can be called a success are those that control pain.

Pain Management

Pain Management

At Ballston Animal Hospital, all pets undergoing surgery receive medication to control pain. Pain medications will be administered at the hospital and will be sent home with the pet.

Any time you feel your pet is experiencing pain at home, either by injury, illness, or unknown origin, contact us at once. As an important member of the team, your observations may be our first indication that a bigger health problem is present. It is interesting to note that animals naturally hide their pain, probably to protect themselves from predators. To help you detect signs that your pet is suffering, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) gives us these five clues:

Clue 1
Abnormal chewing habits are often an indicator of mouth or dental problems.


Clue 2
Drastic weight gain or loss; any pain might cause this but it is often associated with arthritis or other joint pain.


Clue 3
Avoiding affection or handling due to pain from being held may be an indication of a progressive disease such as osteoarthritis or intervertebral disc disease.


Clue 4
Decreased movement and exercise is usually an indicator of osteoarthritis or joint disease.


Clue 5
“Accidents”; urine or stool accidents may be indications of urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal problems, or joint diseases.

Being aware of your pet’s habits can help you and your veterinarian assess and manage your pet’s pain.

Read more about this topic at the HealthyPet website.

Special Offers

  • Did you know that Ballton Animal Hospital has a referral program?

    \"\"If you think your friends, neighbors, and family member's pets would be well served at Ballston Animal Hospital, print out the picture below and pass them out. For each new client that comes in for an appointment, you'll earn a $20.00 credit on your account (and the new client will receive a $20.00 discount on their first bill). Be sure to fill in your name along the line provided so we can credit your account appropriately. There is no limit to how much you can earn!

    As additional incentive, we will do a drawing on July 3rd from all the new client cards turned in and the winners (both new client and current client that referred) will receive an additional $150.00 credit on their account!