If your pet is experiencing pain, whether from injury, illness, or a degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis, bring him or her to Potts Point Veterinary Hospital for compassionate pet pain management.


Our veterinarians give your animal a full examination and use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to determine the cause of your pet’s pain. We then prescribe the best treatment to relieve your animal’s discomfort as quickly as possible.

Animals can’t tell us when something is wrong, but if they display any of the following behaviours, it might be a signal that they’re in pain:

  • Quiet (compared to some time in the past)
  • Not eating well
  • Reluctant to go for a walk or do the activities they would have normally
  • Hunched appearance or sitting or lying in an unusual position
  • Excessive grooming (licking limbs) or not grooming properly
  • Unkempt body condition and fur due to poor grooming
  • Panting a lot more than usual
  • Restlessness

If your pet is showing any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call us.

If we dispense a medication to alleviate the pain, we will also give you step-by-step directions on how to administer your pet’s medications at home.

The most common cause of pain in the older pet is Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, commonly called arthritis, is a chronic, degenerative joint disease that makes movement difficult and painful and strikes pets of all ages; however, it is more common in older pets. Your pet may show any of these following symptoms:

  • Having a hard time walking, climbing stairs, using the litter box, and playing. He or she may decrease these activities.
  • Restlessness at night, changing sleeping positions often
  • Difficulty rising from a lying position or slowness in lying down
  • Slow or stiff movements upon waking, after a rest, or in cold weather
  • Limping (which may resolve after a few minutes)
  • Joints that are nobbled or unusually shaped
  • Licking or biting his or her joints
  • Being particular about where he or she lies down, whether it’s a warm and soft blanket or a cold and hard tiled floor
  • Aversion to being touched or a personality change

Call for a consultation with our vets today if you believe your pet may be suffering from arthritis. The faster the arthritis is diagnosed and treated, the better your pet’s quality of life will be. Treatment includes three main components, each equally important:

  • Weight control, by maintaining a well-balanced, calorie-reduced diet
  • Daily exercise, which may include moderate amounts of low-impact exercise depending upon your pet’s condition
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs, to relieve pain, increase mobility, and protect the joint from further damage

There’s no need to have your beloved animal uncomfortable. Instead, bring him or her to Potts Point Veterinary Hospital for latest in pet pain management and for the wide variety of veterinary services we provide.