Pain is under recognized in pets. We are very cognizant of the fact that pets have the same pain receptors that humans do and are therefore quite able to feel pain. As our pets cannot vocalize their discomfort, we must be attune to behavior changes or other symptoms that are suggestive of pain.
We are very careful to pre-emptively treat pain, especially surgical pain. Different procedures depending upon how invasive cause different levels of pain. Pain control is tailored to your pet and their level of discomfort. All “routine” surgeries (OHE, neuter, etc) have pain control both pre and post operatively. Examples of pain control employed by this hospital included:
- Pre and post operative NSAIDS
- Narcotics (buprenorphine, morphine)
- Local blocks (pre operatively and intra operatively)
- Splash blocks
- CRI (constant rate infusion) pain control such as MLK drips (Morphine,Ketamine,Lidocaine)
- Fentanyl patches
Pain control is not limited to the painful peri-operative period. Many of our pets, particularly our aging pets experience pain on a daily basis. Common examples of chronic pain are osteoarthritis and chronic neurologic conditions.
Layered pain management is important in the management of these patients as well as recognizing pain. Periodic monitoring of blood work parameters ensure the safest possible long term usage of drugs requiring some extra work on the part of aging livers and kidneys.