There are many chronic medical conditions in pets that may require regular rehabilitation and pain management to maintain a high quality of life. As in humans, these often affect the joints. Our San Francisco pain clinic offers a comprehensive path to a lifetime comfort and regular activity for pets with chronic conditions. Our rehabilitation and pain management services are useful for both post-procedure companions as well as pet owners trying to avoid surgery. Together, we provide optimal care for your pet to help ensure a happy and healthy life.

Individualized Pain Management

Each pain management plan will be tailored to the pet's individual needs based on their chronic condition, overall health and home environment. For example, in the early stages of physical therapy we may prescribe stronger pain management medications to allow the rehabilitation specialist to begin working effectively with the affected joint(s). As the pet transitions into more active rehabilitation, they may need more or less pain management to maintain comfort without impeding progress.

Changes Over Time

There are many factors that may require us to update a pet’s pain management plan throughout their rehabilitation. Drug tolerance can make certain medications less effective. Interactions with other medications that your pet starts or stops taking can affect how other pills work. A pet may work harder during their physical therapy appointment directly after a pain drug or four hours after their last dose.We consider and address each of these factors when making recommendations at our pain clinic here in the Bay Area.

Conditions That Often Require Rehabilitation & Pain Management

  • Elbow disease
  • Ruptured cranial cruciate ligament
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Medial patella luxation (MPL)


North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group offers a pain clinic for pets with chronic conditions in San Mateo, San Francisco and the larger Bay Area.

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