Pet Pain

As a certified hospice and palliative care veterinarian, Dr Norton has additional training in pain management above and beyond what general veterinarians are taught. It is often that we consult with clients who are afraid to give certain medications and simply do not understand the reason a certain pain medication is prescribed for their pet. We aim to educate clients regarding choices for their pet’s pain management, even natural remedies. There are many different combinations of medications that can be used to address pain in a pet and we want to make sure your pet is on an appropriate pain protocol. Education is the key to success, call on us to help.


We practice multimodal pain management strategies. This means we can use lower doses of medications, decrease the possibility of side effects and really address what type of pain your pet is experiencing. We may recommend oral medications, physical modalities such as acupuncture or chiropractic manipulations, herbal supplements, CBD oil, nutritional supplements and even more. We often can not tell how much pain a pet is in until they are challenged with pain medications to see if improvement is noted. Many times we are changing the treatment 4 or 5 times before we get the right combination for a specific pet. We treat each patient as an individual and want to make sure goals for improvement are set in place, communication occurs often and comfort is achieved.

We had no idea that pain could be managed with so many different modalities. Thank you for explaining things in such detail and helping to educate so that we could help our Buster have more pain free days in his golden years. 

-- Griffin Family, Grand Junction, CO

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