Veterinary medicine has made significant strides toward improving our ability to recognize and manage pain in our patients. Dogs and cats tend to hide the fact that they are in pain. Demonstrating pain is a sign of weakness, and all animals tend to prey on the weak. This instinctive survival mechanism led us in the past to make incorrect assumptions about the ability of dogs and cats to feel pain. We now know better; they feel pain just like we do. To assess pain in our dogs and cats, we have to look at their behavior, attitude, vital signs and response to pain management therapies. Most animals suffer quietly so we have to watch for subtle changes and observe closely. The health-care team at Community Pet Hospital is trained specifically to watch for signs of pain. We promise to do our best to make sure that your pet is as comfortable as possible using a combination of conventional pain medication, acupuncture and rehabilitation modalities.