11189 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 105    |    San Diego, CA  92121    |    858.225.4191

San Diego Pet Mobility Services

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Acute & Chronic Pain Management


Cold Laser Therapy

Comfort Care

Custom Orthotics

Handicapped Pet Supplies

Healing Arts (Touch, Massage, Reiki)

Herbal Medicine


Mobility Aids

Post-Op Support


TCVM Food Therapy

Therapeutic Aromatherapy

Therapeutic Class IV Laser Treatment (Artemis)

Here at the Willow Center, we are dedicated to helping you and your pet enjoy a fulfilling, active, and comfortable life together. We are ready to answer any questions you have, and help you form a plan to maximize your pet's mobility while minimizing his or her pain.

What is Pain?

Our team of veterinary professionals has decades of clinical experience striving to enhance and maximize quality-of-life. As veterinary professionals, we take a pledge to relieve an animal of pain and suffering.

veterinary pain management in san diegoOne of the most distressing aspects of being a pet parent is the prospect of your cherished companion being in pain. Pain is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the veterinarian and it often is a symptom of a major medical condition. Pain affects you and your pet both physically and emotionally - it's not only what they feel, but how you feel as well.

Pain is defined as "physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury".

Two different types of pain:

  • Acute Pain - Pain that exists during the expected time of inflammation and healing (i.e. post-injury or post-surgery)

  • Chronic Pain - Pain that exists beyond the expected healing time or in conditions where healing has not or will not occur. With chronic pain, therapy should focus on the underlying cause of pain as well as the symptoms.


Unfortunately, our faithful pets lack the ability to verbally convey what exactly is bothering them. Since they can't verbalize what or how they are feeling, one of the best ways to gauge their pain by assessing behavior. When assessing pain we will discuss your pet's normal behaviors, deviation from their norm and any new behaviors. We will consider symptoms including the following:

  • Diminished function and mobility
  • Diminished exercise tolerance and activity
  • Difficulty standing, walking, taking stairs, jumping or getting up
  • Decreased grooming (cats in particular)
  • Excessive panting
  • Inappitence
  • Aggression or shyness
  • Pain on palpation
  • Posture
  • Attitude (depressed, irritable or cranky, withdrawn)

san diego pet mobilityHow We Approach Pain

Effective pain management involves a multi-modal approach, which places equal importance on treating the pain and its underlying cause. Each patient is unique and we will choose from a variety of tools to create a personalized treatment plan. Tools we utilize in our treatment plans include:

  • Opioids
  • Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Local Anesthetics (Nerve Blocks, Indwelling Catheters)
  • Joint Injections
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Sedatives
  • Steroids
  • Nutraceuticals and Oral Supplements
  • Acupuncture
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Herbal and Homeopathic Medicine
  • Massage and Healing Touch
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Laser Therapy

pet mobility in san diegoWhat to Expect

Initial Consultation

Our initial consultation is up to 1 hour in length. Consultation includes a meeting with a Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician. During our consultation, we will discuss medical history, client concerns, educate the family on the disease state, and we will familiarize ourselves with family dynamics and the relationship with the pet. At the conclusion of the consultation, we will present all options for a customized pain management protocol. Please note that our final appointment of the day is at 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

Progress Consultation

Our progress consultations are up to 45 minutes in length, and allow time for progress and concerns to be evaluated. Any appropriate changes to the treatment plan will be discussed at this time. Please note that our final appointment of the day is at 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

Home Visits

We realize mobility with some patients is greatly reduced and transport to our center would prove difficult. In the case of initial and progress consultations, we are able to provide a home visit for an additional fee. Please keep in mind that most procedures will have to be done at our center in a sterile environment. Please note that our final appointment of the day is at 2 pm, Monday through Friday.


In the event that quality-of-life becomes a concern, we are able to provide heartfelt and gentle euthanasia services.

In preparation for your appointment, we will request records from your primary veterinarian to familiarize ourselves with past and current treatment protocols.