We offer a multimodal approach for pain management in our patients for both acute pain and chronic pain.

Examples of acute pain include traumatic pain, postoperative pain, orthopedic pain (limping), painful infected ears, abscesses, pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, kidney infections, bladder stones, etc. Examples of chronic pain include neck pain, back pain, and osteoarthritis.

It’s not easy to detect when animals are in pain.

Animals often have underlying pain that is not easily detectable until it becomes severe and they show obvious symptoms. It is very important that a thorough orthopedic exam is performed during every annual exam especially in older patients.

A large proportion of our older patients have osteoarthritis (arthritis) and their quality of life may be significantly improved with medical therapy and other modalities. Only about 15-20 % of cats with severe arthritis show symptoms to owners such as limping or vocalizing. Some studies show this percentage may actually be lower. They may have subtle symptoms such as stiffness, reluctance to use the litterbox everytime, reluctance to jump, loss of muscle mass, sleeping more, hiding, reluctance to be picked up, irritability, decreased interaction, or even excessive grooming/ pulling hair out.

Dogs with osteoarthritis may have symptoms such as stiffness, loss of muscle mass, limping (both weight-bearing or nonweightbearing), difficulty sitting down/standing up, difficulty jumping onto couch, difficulty getting into the car, and irritability when touched.

We offer treatments including several supplements such as glucosamine and omega fish fatty acids as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (Deramax, Rimadyl, Novox, and Metacam). Adequan injections have also been very successful as an additional option for arthritis management.

Laser Therapy can be an option.

We are very excited about the use of our Class IV Laser Therapy for pain management as it reduces inflammation, improves blood flow, and releases natural endorphins in the body which reduce pain in the patient.

Laser therapy is safe, painless, and effective and the veterinary staff, pet, and owner participate in the giving the treatment in a comfortable setting.

Patients are able to get comfortable on a dog/cat bed for treatment and often feel good as the treatment provides warmth to their body as their owners are petting them. Please feel free to call us and speak to our staff as we would love to give you more information.

Customer Reviews

  • Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital is by far and away the best veterinary clinic I have ever visited. I have been bringing my four-legged family members here for 10+ years and would never even consider seeing another veterinary practice.

    Shane C.

  • Always a happy, caring staff who my lab/coon-hound Ollie LOVES! No issues ever going into here for his vaccinations and check-ups. Everyone working there has been extremely kind and helpful. I'm very glad I found this gem of a Veterinary Hospital as soon as I moved to Columbus about 2 years ago.

    David W

  • I have been taking my 2 Italian Greyhounds here for a few years and we love it! The staff genuinely cares and always takes the time to answer any and all questions and always explains everything thoroughly and the facility is always clean.

    Jaime K.

  • We love taking our dog here! Excellent service and care from the moment you walk in the door. They really care about your pet and will follow up to make sure they are doing well. Excellent communication about plan of care and necessary treatment.

    Angela F.

  • I'm 100% pleased with the quality, compassion, knowledge and skill of all the staff. They have been extremely understanding of my situation and have been very compassionate. If my pets could speak, I'm sure they would agree. I highly recommend the Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital!

    Jay F.

  • I can't say enough good things about this vet! I'm a first time dog mom and the doctors and staff here have put me at ease every visit. They don't just care for your pets medical needs, they also give them the love and attention they need to be comfortable here, which makes every visit a breeze. They are also extremely flexible with scheduling appointments. Highly recommend this vet to anyone!

    Kirby F.

  • Dr. Joanna and Dr. Adam Parsons are so kind, compassionate, thorough and treat each of my dogs like they're one of the family. The office staff and vet techs are amazing and they accommodate even the most behaviorally challenged dogs with ease and understanding. I love that my dogs get such an excited greeting every time they visit. This truly is the best vet's office I've ever been to and I'd never take my dogs anywhere else.

    Katie C.