2934 Chapel Valley Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
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Managing Pet Pain
for Healing & Comfort


Pet Pain ManagementNo pet should have to needlessly experience pain. Unfortunately, pet owners may have a difficult time determining if their canine or feline companion is experiencing discomfort. This is because in nature, animals hide their pain as a survival technique so not to appear weak to potential predators. The team at Odyssey Veterinary Care is committed to reducing or eliminating pain experienced by your furry family members. An integral part of managing pain is helping you, the pet owner, become aware of subtle changes in your pet’s behavior that might indicate he or she is experiencing discomfort.

Recognizing Pain in Pets

  • Decrease in activity or mobility
  • Difficulty rising
  • Stiffness or limping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Resistance to being picked up or held
  • Excessive licking at one area, such as a wrist joint
  • Vocalizing (whining or moaning)
  • Becoming quiet and withdrawn, hiding or sleeping in remote areas
  • Inappropriate aggressive behavior or irritability
  • Personality changes
  • Restless, unable to get comfortable, fitful at night, frequently changing positions
  • Increased respiratory rate, panting

Treating Pain

There are two kinds of pain: chronic and acute. Chronic pain is usually the result of degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or neuromuscular diseases. Acute pain is experienced quickly and normally associated with an injury or a surgical procedure.

Whether chronic or acute, pain can greatly affect your pet’s healing process and quality of life. Our practice offers a number of solutions for managing or eliminating pain in companion animals. At Odyssey Veterinary Care, we will develop a pain management plan based on the unique needs and requirement of each patient. Our goal is to minimize or eliminate pain in your pet to enhance their recovery process and to maintain his or her comfort for years to come.


There are a variety of pain medications available to give your pet some relief. Medications come in a variety of forms, including pills, oral liquid, and transdermals (absorbed through the skin). In addition to prescription medications, our practice offers holistic options including acupuncture and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (VSMT). Referral for other procedures, such as therapeutic laser and physical therapy, may also be recommended.

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Odyssey goes above and beyond my expectations, and truly cares about my dog. We will always come back to Odyssey and highly recommend it to anyone who asks!
— Meagan

Dr. Bruss is great—he is very kind and caring. He called us several times to explain our options and didn’t pressure us to make a particular decision.
— Anne

My dog sees Dr. Stokes for his vet care and she is the best vet ever. She understands my dog’s unique needs and I highly recommend them!
— Debra

No matter which vet we've seen, they’ve always been loving and compassionate whether we were there just for yearly vaccinations or for something a bit more serious.
— Melanie

I am in love with all of the staff at this facility. If I could, I would want to be treated there, but sadly, they only take the four legged types...
— Terri

Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
— Powder78

Services are very reasonably priced and we've never felt like we had any unnecessary procedures or products pushed on us. we really feel that we can trust Dr. Bruss and Odyssey Veterinary Care with our cats’ health.
— Onion Girl

Dr. stokes has seen our family through kitten to senior cat, puppy and loss of dog, new puppy and everything in the middle! We think the care our animals get here is top notch!
— Courtney

Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
— June

When they prescribed my dog eye drops for an infection, they gave me the instructions and then called me within a 48 hour period to ask me how the medication was going and if I had any questions.
— Debra

They are very friendly and very thorough. The dog loves them, and she’s shy, so that’s a good thing. We have always had a lot of confidence in what they have told us.
— Sandra

They happily accommodate our special request to see our big dogs in their fenced back yard, since our 100-pound German Shepherd gets nervous in a small examination room.
— Peter

We bring our dog to Odyssey Vet Clinic and will continue to do so as long as we live in this area. They are the best vets we’ve ever had.
— David

They are very friendly, and they always remind you of when your appointments are. They are the top veterinary hospital in Madison. They are very good.
— Sandy