A good surgical experience for your pet starts with the acknowledgement that pain control is essential, and best provided prior to a surgical procedure. All patients are given medication prior to anesthesia to help calm and provide pain control, prior to actual anesthesia. This allows for a less stressful experience, and less general anesthetic. Our concern is your pet’s well being, start to complete recovery. Pain medication is commonly given during the procedure itself, and always provided immediately afterwards, as well as during the home recovery period. Pain control methods include: systemic use of opioids, systemic use of anti-inflammatory medications, local anesthetics for numbing, and continuous infusions of local or systemic pain medications.
It can be difficult to differentiate dysphoria behaviors from pain behaviors. Please call your regular veterinarian initially for assistance, and our surgeons as needed.
Please only use the pain medications prescribed, always let the surgical team know what pain medications your regular veterinarian has already provided, and any past reactions or concerns.
Opioids such as Tramadol, Morphine, Hydromorphone, Buprenorphine, and Butorphanol all are very well tolerated but have potential side effects with the intestinal system.
NSAIDS: Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory medications are wonderful arthritic and pain medications used every day in veterinary and human medicine, but have potential side effects with the intestines, liver, or kidneys. Please only give if your animal is eating and drinking well, and call your regular veterinarian with any concerns.
Local Anesthetics: Lidocaine and Bupivicaine are commonly given at the surgical site to help numb areas for hours after surgery, or longer with the use of soaker catheters which can continue infusions of these anesthetics for even days after some more major reconstructive procedures.