VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

Pain Management

Because pets can’t always tell you that they are in pain, it is important to know what warning signs to look for!

Keeping your pet pain-free is crucial to maintaining his or her quality of life. Our veterinarians are skilled in the management of both temporary and chronic pain. Each patient is different, and each case unique. This means that our doctors must be able to respond with multiple solutions.

Some of the methods available include:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Opioid Drugs
  • Local Anesthetics
  • General Anesthetics
  • Epidural Anesthesia
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Therapy

If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain, in order to avoid the pain developing in to a chronic symptom. For this reason, pet management protocols are a part of the treatment for all invasive procedures, such as surgeries.

So how do you know if your pet is suffering from pain? Just like people, each pet reacts differently to pain. Some may be better at communicating their discomfort than others. In general, cats tend to hide their pain and illnesses better than dogs, so it is very important to keep an eye out for warning signs.

Some of these can include:

  • Depression or Inactivity
  • Rising Slowly, or “Collapsing” to Lie Down
  • Walking Stiffly
  • Resting More Frequently on Walks
  • Lameness
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Unusually Aggressive Behavior
  • Trembling
  • Whimpering or Hissing
  • Inappropriate Elimination
  • Unusually Flattened Ears or Tucked Tail
  • Standing or Sitting in Unusual Positions

It is very important to never give your pet human medications. Medications which can be beneficial to you can be harmful, or even deadly to your pets. If your pet is suffering from any of these conditions, we recommend you schedule an appointment to see your veterinarian. Together, you can create a pain management plan which will bring your pet comfort and keep him or her in good health.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.


Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:


Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900


Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873


If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

Online at:


For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at