VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic

Pain Management

Effective Pain Relief & Management for Your Pet

Even though your pet cannot converse with us, we know that he or she can feel pain. It has been shown over and over that leaving a pet in pain impairs the healing process and, even more important, is not humane. We give the highest priority to your pet’s comfort and well-being. At Loomis Basin, our view is that letting any animal suffer discomfort is unnecessary.

The Effect of Pain on Your Pet

Pain can significantly affect your pet’s attitude and activity level. Managing pain successfully results in making pets much happier as well as helping pets to heal after an injury or surgery. When a surgical procedure is scheduled, the veterinarians at Loomis Basin make sure that your pet is comfortable by administering medication before, during, and after the surgery. This has a great impact on the amount of discomfort your pet may experience throughout his or her recovery.

An example of effective pain management includes using medication as a tool to ensure that routine dental care is not painful for your pet. In addition, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication can be a key to greater mobility and less pain for a pet suffering from joint problems.

Pet Pain Relief Methods

We have many strategies for controlling pain, which can include:

  • Oral medications
  • Injections
  • Constant intravenous infusions
  • Nerve blocks
  • Regional analgesia
  • Sustained-release pain patches

All of these methods are taken into consideration for every pet, every time. Most pain relief methods are very safe and beneficial; however, some medications do have risks for some pets. Your pet’s veterinarian will weigh the risks when indicated and be sure to discuss them with you.

Special Care for Senior Pets

Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic appreciates how important your pet companion becomes to you over the years. As pets age, arthritis may make them seem slower and less able to do the things they love. Pain relief may help. Pets can be helped by the use of ongoing medication to relieve pain, improve mobility, and ultimately make them happier and more content.

Some pets with joint stiffness do well with supplements, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, or Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, to promote ease of movement. Your pet’s twice yearly wellness exams will provide the opportunity for you and your pet’s veterinarian to discuss how your pet may incorporate special nutrition and exercise to minimize further discomfort and prolong vigorous participation in your family’s life.


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


3901 Sierra College Blvd in Loomis, CA 95650
Tel (916)652-5816

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VCA Loomis Basin has a veterinarian, veterinary technicians, and support staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your pet’s emergency and critical care needs.

If your pet is suffering and needs emergency veterinary care, please call (916) 652-5816 right away. Likewise, if you have questions about a specific situation with your pet, call at any time day or night.

Same-Day Veterinary Care

We understand that sometimes your pet needs to be seen sooner rather than later. To solve this problem, VCA Loomis Basin offers Same-Day Care appointments to accommodate client requests for “emergency” or “urgent” care during normal business hours or last-minute appointment requests. Same-Day Care is a much-needed service that helps keep the regularly scheduled appointments on track; however, clients may have to wait while other pets are being triaged.